Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is welcoming the community to sit back and enjoy a variety of fun and inspiring concerts by professionals and students during its annual Pulse, a creative and innovative chamber music program and festival that runs all next week.
Pulse, which extends from July 22 to 28, focuses on chamber music with improvisation and composition.
Festival concerts will feature various collaborations among faculty, visiting artists, and student participants.
"As a community music school, LCMS invites the public to experience music making from the young aspiring musicians to faculty and guest artist performances at their finest during our summer concert festival," said Elizabeth Bergmann, LCMS' director of summer programs.
"The 2012 festival promises to be an eclectic mix of music featuring a variety of repertoire and styles that will appeal to music lovers of all ages," Bergmann said.
ù July 22 - 7:30 p.m. - Pulse 2012 opening concert
Pulse 2012 opens with an inspiring faculty concert that will set the festival tone for the week.
"The opening concert will feature one of the finest pieces in the French music literature. Ravel's seductive and enticing Rapsodie Espagnole is a wonderful example rich with impressionistic colours and textures," Bergmann said.
Among the faculty performers will be cellist Joel Stobbe, and pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, joined by guest violinist Jeanette Bernal-Singh of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
ù July 24 - 7:30 p.m. - Pulse festival concert three pianos and a cello
This special concert will feature former LCMS faculty member and pianist Amanda Tosoff.
The now Toronto-based jazz pianist and composer, Tosoff has emerged as one of the top new talents on the Canadian jazz scene and will collaborate with the Bergmann Piano Duo on works for up to three pianos.
Stobbe will also join the group with a surprise or two as well.
ù July 27 - 2 p.m. - Pulse young composers competition and workshop
Come witness the creative process in action at the young composers competition and workshop where Pulse faculty will perform new works by students.
The young composers will have the opportunity to discuss their works and experiment on the spot with various changes to their scores.
ù July 27 - 7:30 p.m. - Pulse student composition concert
The audience will hear premiere performances of works composed by Pulse students. In addition, the winning compositions of the Pulse composers competition will be premiered at this concert.
ù July 28 - 7:30 p.m. - Pulse final concert
The final concert is the highlight of the week and the culmination of all the creative and exciting times students have experienced.
A variety of chamber works will be performed as well as a sampling of the more experimental improvisational sessions.
Admission to concerts is by donation. The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 Street in Langley. For more concert information is available by visiting www.langleymusic.com, or calling 604-534-2848.
LCMS offers music programs for enthusiasts of all ages and levels.
The music festival is an extension of the school's summer educational programs that provide a great introduction to music in a family friendly, fun-filled environment.
In addition to a comprehensive summer program, LCMS' music programs run throughout the year for students of all ages, from babies through to seniors, at beginners to pre-professional levels.