Langley music school players return

Two music teachers, a former faculty member, and an alumnus of Langley Community Music School are coming together this weekend to perform in one of the season’s Concerts Cafe Classico performances.

The afternoon concert will feature LCMS faculty Marcel Bergmann on piano, as well as instructor Reilley West on the viola. They’ll be joined by cellist and former LCMS staff member Ben Goheen, and former student and flutist Paul Hung.

The LCMS Chamber Players, as they’re dubbed, are making a return performance on Sunday, March 9 for an afternoon performance.

It’s part of the classico series that includes a coffee and commentary hosted by the school’s artistic director, Elizabeth Bergmann, starting at 3 p.m., followed by the concert at 4 p.m.

They will perform works by Beethoven, Villa Lobos, Bergmann and Brahms. And, the concert will also premiere a work by Marcel Bergmann titled Intango for flute, cello, and piano.

“This unique program is a potpourri of music and I am especially pleased that Marcel Bergmann’s new work Intango will be premiered at this concert,” said the school’s artistic director, and Marcel’s wife.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13/seniors, and $10/students. They can be purchased in advance by calling 604-534-2848, or online at www.langleymusic.com. The concert is in the music school’s Rose Gellert Hall at 4899 207 St.

When asked to share thoughts on his new piece, Marcel Bergmann said: “Intango has a rather free formal scheme and explores various possibilities of musical communication and interaction between the three instruments: leading/initiating, dialogue, synchronicity… as well as duo and solo-sections.”

He added: “Stylistically, I employed various aspects and elements of the Tango and Spanish idiom, intertwined with minimalist and post-romantic influences. As in some of my other pieces, the principal idea – tango, in this case – sneaks in somewhat gradually at first, and becomes fully apparent only during the second half of the piece. At the very end of the last section, the slow fading and reduction of textures points back to the scarce, minimalist beginning.”

Marcel Bergmann, piano

Marcel enjoys an active musical career as a performer, composer, improviser, and teacher.

Together with his wife, Elizabeth, he forms half of the renowned Bergmann Piano Duo.

A laureate of several international competitions, Marcel is also internationally active as a clinician, juror, and lecturer, and has worked as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach.

He has written numerous works for film, theatre and cabaret productions, as well as choral and chamber music.

He is a former professor at Mohawk College in Ontario, and is currently director of program advancement at LCMS.

Marcel is also an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

Reilley West, viola

A graduate from both McGill University and UBC, West also earned her performance degree in violin, viola, and piano. She has had the privilege of studying with many inspiring teachers, including Sydney Humphreys, Andre Roy, Lambert Chen, and David Harding.

Ben Goheen, cello

Ben Goheen holds his master of music degree in cello performance from UBC, where he graduate in 2008. Since then he has enjoyed performing regularly with several symphonies in the Lower Mainland, as well as Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Symphony.

He loves performing with a wide variety of chamber ensembles, and as a solo performer, he has enjoyed the opportunity to perform for a season with Ballet de Printemps, for festivals such as Vancouver’s Sonic Boom, and for many studio recordings.

As an instructor for more than 10 years, Goheen has been on faculty for several music schools, including Surrey (Studio G Music), Langley (LCMS), Abbotsford (CVAM), and as far as Lillooet (Fountainview Academy).

He has also been a dynamic coach with various youth symphonies, including Surrey Youth Symphony and Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has been on faculty for various summer music camps.

Goheen continues to appreciate the camaraderie that develops from the time and energy devoted to all things music – with both professionals and students alike.

When he is not practising or performing, he loves spending time with his wife, Mylana, and their two spunky children, Phoebe and Oscar.

Paul Hung, flute

Born in Taiwan, Paul Hung entered the Langley Fine Arts School at the age of 13 and made his first concerto debut at the age of 16 at the Whistler Music Festival.

He was then featured several times as the winner of the Vancouver Kiwanis competition, and awarded the Tom Lee Music scholarship for Excellence in Music Performance.

He was a recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Galaxie Rising Stars Award and placed second in national music competitions in 2008.

In May of 2011, Hung won a spot in the YouTube Symphony and performed with 100 other musicians around the world at the Sydney Opera House.

As a passionate solo and chamber flute player, Hung performed in music festivals such as the Banff music festival, Domaine Forget, MusicFest Canada, and Performing Arts BC.

He also played with Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony and Kamloops Symphony.

As a teacher, Hung is the faculty of the Vancouver Academy of Music and Showcase Academy.

He is a student of Christie Reside, the principal flutist of Vancouver Symphony.

He has also studied under Lorna McGhee and Brenda Fedoruk at UBC School of Music.

Hung is expecting to graduate with a master of music degree from the University of British Columbia in May 2015.

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