The concerts in the Spirit Square have been great all summer, but for the next Summer Kicks concert, Kicking Horse Culture is changing it up.
On Sunday August 12, the Golden Civic Centre will be filled with the sounds of the Columbia Valley Chamber Music Festival.
Horn player/artistic director Lauren Robinson and her husband, bassist Jeffrey White, have been coming to the Columbia Valley for many years and have always dreamed of starting a chamber music festival. In 2011, the Columbia Valley Chamber Music Festival was born. The festival aims to bring some of North America’s finest performers to audiences of all ages in the East Kootenay region of the Rockies. Ms. Robinson hopes to expand the festival in coming years to incorporate more of the vibrant communities in the Columbia Valley, as well as provide more opportunities for students, amateur musicians, and community members.
Music on this concert will include works by Richard Strauss, Bohuslav Martinu, Alberto Ginastera, and Antonin Dvorak. For audience members more familiar with orchestral repertoire, the program will include one of Richard Strauss’ own reductions of his popular work “Til Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks,” for horn, bassoon, clarinet, violin, and bass. This charming work paints a musical picture of the exploits of Til Eulenspiegel, a prankster from German folklore who meets an unhappy end. The concert will also feature “La Revue de Cuisine,” by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. The music was originally written as a ballet based on the nursery rhyme “The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon.”
It features Calgary Philharmonic musicians Adam Zinatelli on trumpet, Michael Hope on bassoon, Laura Reid on Violin, Jeff White on bass, as well as clarinetist Jared Kobos and pianist Esther Bing. Bing will also be featured in a set of short works for piano by Alberto Ginastera.
The show starts at 7 p.m. There will be another performance from the group on Sunday August 19 at 3 p.m.