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My Trip To Casse-Tête!

Woody Allen said that 80% of success in life is just showing up. I put that theorem to the test two weeks ago, setting off on an epic, six-day, 2000-kilometre Voyage of Discovery up into the interior of BC and back again as … Read more…

The Post at 750

I love The Post at 750!

As it’s important to kick off the New Year right, I thought I’d post about, well, The Post. The Post at 750 that is, nestled in with the beautifully revamped CBC Vancouver studios. It’s a new experiment in collaborative cultural synergy … Read more…

Jubilate Vocal Ensemble conducted by Dr. Larry Nickel

A Golden Age of New Music in BC?

The richness of new music offerings in Vancouver is staggering and the quality of performance outstanding! In nine concerts over the past two weeks, I’ve been amazed at the variety of organizations and ensembles and genres and approaches, and the … Read more…

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Hello Friends …

A Letter of Introduction to my new Canadian Music Centre family: I grew up in what was then a very rural area. We had a lot of fun running wild in the woods, but culturally it was a desert. Thankfully … Read more…

New Director of BC for Canadian Music Centre

October 27, 2015, Toronto, ON – Canadian Music Centre / Centre de musique canadienne (CMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Bickerton as Director – B.C. Region. Sean Bickerton has spent his entire life dedicated to the performing … Read more…

Cuts To Vancouver School Board’s Excellent Music Program?

CBC News reports that the Vancouver School Board is cutting elementary school music programs this fall, axing the band program for Grade Five students and eliminating the string program for Grade Four students. I know governments at all levels are struggling to … Read more…

A Great Year for the VRS!

The Vancouver Recital Society held its Annual General Meeting recently to celebrate some of the successes of the past year, and by any measure, 2013-14 was an extremely successful year for the VRS. Selling out seven concerts – in the … Read more…

It Takes A (Global) Village!

Visiting New York is like a shot of adrenalin! I spent half my adult life in that city. Half of that was spent working at Columbia Artists when it was at its peak, learning the business of managing artists and … Read more…

Our First Annual Chrismakkuh Celebration Dinner!

A few weeks ago, staff and friends of the Vancouver Recital Society got together for our very first Annual Chrismakkuh Celebration Dinner!  We are a typically Canadian mix of Christians, Jews, Atheists, and (as I like to describe myself) a … Read more…

Is There A Violin In The House?

Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang and pianist Michail Lifits delivered an impassioned, stunningly beautiful recital of Mendelssohn, Fauré, Mozart and Prokofiev at the Vancouver Playhouse on Sunday afternoon for the Vancouver Recital Society Audiences were mesmerized by the lyric Mendelssohn that … Read more…