A chance for art students to blow their own horn

The fifth annual Festival of Arts, Media + Culture is in full swing at Trinity Western University, featuring art, theatre, music, writing, film and more.

The TWU School of Arts, Media and Culture festival runs until April 9.


TWU’s concert band and orchestra will celebrate British classics.

“British music is a particularly rich area to explore,” said concert band conductor and SAMC music chair Allan Thorpe. “There are so many remarkable pieces written originally for concert band. And with Britain’s strong brass band tradition, this concert will be a treat for the brass enthusiasts in the audience.”

Several beloved tunes figure in the program, including Danny Boy and Greensleeves. Dashes of dry British humour balance the cheerful dance rhythms in works such as Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite and Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances

The youngest composer on the program is Langley’s own Vincent Clements, a fifth-year music major at TWU. This is the first time the TWU orchestra has selected a student composition for a special premiere. The piece, Peregrine Fantasy, is subtitled “wandering imagination” and draws inspiration from the flight of falcons.

“It meanders through a number of musical place – of grandeur, celebration, solemnity, and passion – ultimately landing in the place where it began,” said Clements, tracing his own family tree back to England as a salute to the event’s theme.

Enjoy British Classics on March 28 in Abbotsford and on March 29 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 20097 72nd Ave., at 7:30 p.m. with admission by donation ($10 suggested).

Chamber Music Night comes to Instrumental Hall in the TWU Music Building April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Music lovers of all ages will appreciate the variety of entertainment beginning with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat

From there the program moves into the 20th century with popular music by SAMC’s three-piece guitar ensemble and ends with the TWU New Music Project, an ensemble of strings, winds and percussions, playing an array by student composers Rob Workman and Vincent Clements.

Admission is by donation ($5 suggested).

Spotlight features an afternoon of solo and chamber repertoire featuring TWU music majors in recital on April 3 at 1:10 p.m. at the Instrumental Music Hall.

Wrapping up the festival, Jazz Night hits all the right notes on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. From a vocal jazz ensemble performing Ira Gershwin, Billy Joel, and Earth, Wind and Fire, to a pair of acoustic and electric jazz combos heating up the room with swing music, there is something for every jazz aficionado.

The concerts feature six ensembles directed by professional musicians from around the Lower Mainland: Heilwig von Koenigsloew (Ignus Piano Trio), Tim Olsen (guitar ensemble), Paolo Bortolussi (TWU New Music Project), Jon Thompson (vocal jazz), and Tony Gallo (junior and senior jazz combos).

Jazz Night is held at Instrumental Hall and admission is by donation ($5 suggested).

Visual arts

TWU’s grad art show, Menagerie is on now and runs until April 26 at the Langley Centennial Museum.

This year Olivia de Fleuriot, Mikaela Fuqua, Emily Garrison, Diana Hiebert, Brooke Higginbotham, Laura Holland, Abby Hontiveros, Jessica Hurd, Amy Robinson, Marianne Soehardi, Tara Spencer and Nancy Timmermans have devoted their talents to preparing and contributing works that are the culmination of their art education.

Through their collaboration with the museum, they also gain knowledge in working with a curator and a public gallery, and planning the exhibit layout, marketing and opening events.  

On April 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. students de Fleuriot, Hiebert, Spencer and Timmermans will talk about their artistic experience of moving beyond skill development to finding their voice. They will also provide art demonstrations. The event is free but register at 604-532-3536 or information@langleymuseum.org. The Langley Centennial Museum is at 9135 King St. Admission is by donation.

From March 26 to April 25, SAMC will host Recollective, a series of paintings by Suzanne Northcott, at the President’s Gallery in the Reimer Student Centre.

Northcott is an interdisciplinary artist whose explorations have crossed into the worlds of poetry, video, photography and natural history. Her subject matter over 30 years of work has included the human body, crow migration, butterfly cycles and bog wetlands.

Theatre and film

How long does it take to make a play? Can it be done in 24 hours? In SAMC’s annual 24 Hour Theatre, playwrights will have less than 12 hours to write a piece which will be directed, memorized, and performed just 24 hours after they began.

24 Hour Theatre comes to Freedom Hall (Robert N. Thompson Building) March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.

The Acting Showcase is April 1, with scenes from Almost, Maine, a story of small-town love and big-hearted people. Admission is by donation. It’s in Freedom Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The Cinergy Film Festival takes place April 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Northwest Auditorium. 

From bronies and spaceships to mockumentaries and political controversy, this festival of shorts features the next generation of filmmaking and premieres by SAMC Media and Communication students studying documentary and digital film. Awards are judged that night by a panel of professionals from the film and TV industry.

Vignettes, an evening of narrative non-fiction penned by writers from SAMC’s media and communication department, takes place April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Alumni Hall in the Reimer Student Centre.

“Often, we come to understand ourselves best when we collide with a different culture, different expectations, and arrive at a greater appreciation for our origins,” said non-fiction instructor Loranne Brown.

For more the festival go to https://twu.ca/samc.

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