In a year when all of us in the Arts have faced immense challenges and obstacles in the pursuit of opportunities to carry on, move forward, and create shared musical experiences in new ways, the UBC Bands and Jazz Ensemble collaborate on a project to show that creativity prevails!

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We are pleased to participate in the VSO’s Day of Music with two selections. William Byrd’s EARL OF OXFORD MARCH was composed originally for keyboard during the late 1500s and is heard most often today performed by brass ensemble or concert band. George Gershwin composed AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in 1928 following several visits to […]

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Welcome to the world of SJMA and a glimpse of a year that has been unlike any other, with new adaptations, unexpected surprises, and emerging patterns. Music lessons were offered both on site and at home, and to our delight the result was something akin to a lovingly-crafted patchwork quilt: charming and beautiful. Most importantly, […]

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13 Moons: West is a remarkable work by composer Jodie Blackshaw. As a “composing piece,” it invites members of the ensemble to interpret, organize, and communicate raw material provided by the composer. The piece is inspired by indigenous moon stories that celebrate the wonder of nature, the changing seasons, and the interconnectivity of all things […]

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Bliss Hymn is a music video created in July 2020 by players connected to the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and inspired and driven by tuba player Noel MacDonald. Players recorded individually and the edited work has contributions from Vancouver Island to New Brunswick; “from sea to shining sea” as Noel remarked. It is a work […]

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The Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra presents a selection of our ensemble recordings from February and March 2021 featuring our large ensembles. This past year, our musicians and conductors have met in-person and online, developing new skills such as ensemble playing while apart and recording with a click track. Throughout this unprecedented year, the determination of […]

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