October 16, 2021
St. Mary's the Virgin Anglican Church, Oak Bay
3:30 pm (tickets available soon)
The Victoria Guitar Society is excited to present a Canadian premier of solo guitar and ensemble music of bohemian Rudolf Leberl. Classical guitarist Alexander Dunn, joined by Phillip Manning (violin), Guyonne Le Louarn (viola), Anna Cal (piano) and Anne Grimm (voice) offer a program of early 20th century Romanticism.
Rudolf Leberl (1884-1952) whose music belongs to the aesthetic family of Dvořák and Janáček, worked in the Czech Republic and Bavaria, producing over 1500 works for guitar which are only now receiving their due recognition. His entire output includes thirty large solo cycles for guitar as well as works for orchestra, strings, winds, piano and chamber music. Leberl suffered from the socio-political devastation following two World Wars. His works, which he had to abandon to escape oppression, were salvaged by his former students. Rudolf Leberl died in 1952 both destitute and blind. With a recent surge in interest in Leberl’s fine works, guitarists can now be nourished by his enchanting and delectable music.
Viewing options for this afternoon of fine music include the live venue with reduced capacity, physical distancing and expectation of mask wearing when not seated or online streaming from the comfort of your home. Vaccination proof may be required per health regulations on the day of the concert.
Thanks to all those who either participated in the recent Victoria Conservatory of Music's masterclass with Drew Henderson or watched his recital performance.
If you wish to hear more of Drew's music, you can view his YouTube or listen to him on Spotify.
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Thank you for supporting the Victoria Guitar Society this last season. It has been an interesting year, and we have tried our best to keep music alive. We have navigated through new technologies such as Live Stream and Zoom to bring you concerts and workshops, and we hope you have enjoyed them.
Our membership year renews on July 1st, 2021. Current annual membership fee remains $10 for individuals, and we have added a Family Membership option for $20.
Membership base benefits include:
Discounted VGS concert tickets
Classical guitar local event posts
Participation in Open Mics
A spot in VGS Community Ensemble
Classical guitar teacher/performer listing
If you purchased your membership after Jan 1, 2021, it will automatically extend to July 2022. Of course, if you feel like renewing anyway, it will be appreciated.
For memberships purchased in 2020 the renewal fee will be due July 1st, 2021, and can be paid anytime through our website. If you are a teacher/performer with a current listing on our website, the listing will be automatically renewed upon payment (you don't need to provide information again unless something has changed)
The VGS Community Ensemble continues its tradition of playing for the public. Despite gathering restrictions the Ensemble, under the direction of Natasha Pashchenko, has been able to perform in parks during the warmer months. The most recent performance was on July 4th, 2021 at Irving Park in James Bay. Ensemble pieces included modern compositions by Calgary composer Duane R. Hendricks and Michael Jackson. Solo and duet pieces included 20th century Andalusian favourites, Latin American dances, Renaissance pieces, "Classical Gas" and even "own compositions". The all-ages Ensemble does not just play on concert stages. They will play for the public whether in parks, retirement homes, shopping malls, airports, coffee-shops, mega-yachts and alleyways.
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