Summer music filling Rose Gellert Hall in Langley this week

An exciting music festival is about to begin at Langley Community Music School (LCMS).

The school at 4899 207th St. is inviting the community to sit back and enjoy a variety of concerts by professionals and students during its Pulse Creative and Innovative Chamber Music Program and Festival.

The festival starts this Sunday, July 20 and runs until Saturday, July 26 in LCMS’s Rose Gellert Hall.

Pulse focuses on chamber music and also includes improvisation and composition.

Festival concerts will feature various collaborations among faculty, visiting artists, and student participants.

“Pulse is always an intensely creative and stimulating experience for both students and faculty,” said Elizabeth Bergmann, LCMS’ director of summer programs and artistic director, concerts.

Bergmann said the festival is a unique opportunity for students to experiment with different facets of variety of creative processes.

“The combination of studying, rehearsing and performing a mix of the classical chamber music repertoire along with tackling new works of today makes for a vibrant atmosphere throughout the week,” she added.

The opening Concert will feature the A Major Beethoven sonata for violin and piano performed by violinist Jeannette Bernal-Singh and Bergmann.

“Marcel [Bergmann] and I will perform the third of the spectacular Symphonic Dances for two pianos by Rachmaninoff,” Bergmann added.

The dances are his Rachmaninoff’s last work composed in 1943.

Also on the program is Marcel Bergmann’s latest composition, Intango,  which premiered at a Cafe Classico this season with flautist Paul Hung and cellist Ben Goheen.

This performance will be slightly different as it will be played in the traditional piano trio formation (violin, cello, piano).

“One or two pieces for cello and piano will also be heard that evening,” Elizabeth Bergmann said.

Pulse Creative & Innovative Chamber Music Program Concerts

July 20, 7:30 p.m. – Pulse Opening Concert

Pulse faculty, Jeanette Bernal-Singh, violin, and Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, piano, will be joined by guest cellist Ben Goheen and former LCMS faculty member to perform works by Beethoven, Bergmann, and Rachmaninoff.

 

July 24, 2 p.m. – Pulse Young Composers Competition

Enjoy new works by young emerging composers as Pulse faculty perform and discuss various compositional aspects of the pieces.

This event is held as a workshop for the young composers to try out new ideas, get helpful feedback from the performers, and hear their works being performed live for the first time.

 

July 25, 7:30 p.m. – Pulse Up to a Minute

This concert highlights the creative efforts of the Pulse participants who will be performing their own individual compositions as well as the results of collective work through creative improvisation and group composition.

 

July 26, 7:30 p.m. – Pulse Final Concert

Pulse participants will perform chamber works by Haydn, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and Liszt.

For more concert information visit langleymusic.com  or call 604-534-2848.

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