Celebrate the Christmas season in style at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Sing some of your favourite Christmas carols with organ and jazz trio accompaniment. And sit back and enjoy musical performances, dramatic readings from members of the Pacific Theatre company, and witness the world premiere of the (handbell-style) Organ Pipe Choir!
Michael leads the music for weekly Anglican church service. Come hear him sing and play the organ, piano, and occasionally the banjo!
This week, Michael will be playing Holy Trinity’s beautiful pipe organ.
As the featured artist for the 2018 Sonic Boom Festival in Vancouver, BC, Michael will perform a solo concert of new works for solo piano.
More details TBA.
As part of Vancouver's tradition of organists playing spooky music for Halloween, Michael will be performing arrangements of two selections from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite (Ase's Death & In the Hall of the Mountain King).
The concert is incredible fun, so dress up and enjoy!
SPOOKY AND SCARY HALLOWEEN ORGAN MUSIC!
New this year: “Frankenstein”, a 1910 silent movie
with live organ accompaniment by Edward Norman
Presented by the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Vancouver Centre
In partnership with the St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Sacred Music Series
Friday October 27, 7:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson at Burrard, Vancouver, BC
Underground pay parking available off the alley on the opposite side of the church to Nelson.
Admission free, freewill offering
A Halloween themed event not to be missed! In a dark, neo-gothic church, the audience will see the first ever movie version of “Frankenstein”, dating from 1910, with live, improvised organ accompaniment. In addition, see and hear vampires, witches, zombies and other strange creatures performing music ranging from Bach's famous D minor Toccata to themes from Pirates of the Caribbean and Phantom of the Opera, complemented by eerie readings and ghostly decorations. Halloween themed treats for everyone following the concert. Costumes encouraged!
Participating organists: Michael Dirk, Tamar Genossar, Huiyan Ma, John Mitchell, Edward Norman, Gail Ovington, Angelique Po, Michael Park, and Haruyo Shikano Abramson, with MC Sam Balden.
Michael Park Workshop
Saturday, September 30 from 10 am–2 pm
Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St. Vancouver
Admission by donation at the door
Vancouver Pro Musica invites all composers to attend this workshop, featuring Sonic Boom 2018's Featured Artist, pianist-composer Michael Park. This event is designed to help prepare composers for writing new works for the Sonic Boom 2018 concert festival in March. There will be the opportunity to have brief sketches (up to 3 minutes of music) read by Michael Park.
This workshop will serve as an opportunity to learn more about extended technique and writing for piano, and an introduction to the concept of a speaking pianist. For more information on the Sonic Boom Festival or to submit a score, please visit our call for scores.
About the Artists: Michael Park
Michael Park is a composer and pianist with a keen interest in speech, humour, and collaboration. His music aims to give audiences an experience beyond the realm of traditional concert-going. Heralded for his innovative projects, his Ted Talk Experiencing Disease Through Music has been described as moving, haunting, and an amazing translation of the disease [Alzheimer's]. His opera, Diagnosis: Diabetes was awarded the Gold Medal and BMO Advocacy Award at the 2013 Boston Metro Opera's International Composer Competition.
Michael completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of British Columbia, graduate studies at The University of Western Ontario (2009), and undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba (2007). His principal composition teachers include Dorothy Chang, Omar Daniel, Peter Paul Koprowski, Gordon Fitzell, and Orjan Sandred.
An accomplished pianist, Michael’s experiences with improvisation and multi-disciplinary collaboration led him to studies in composition. He regularly performs his own works, as well as those of his colleagues and continues to collaborate with a wide variety of artists, including dancers, poets, visual artists, and musicians.
He is co-founder of Art Song Lab, an innovative program that teams composers with poets. Michael is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre, pianist with Erato Ensemble, and sits on the board of directors for Redshift Music Society.
Erato is proud to serve as Ensemble-In-Residence for Vancouver Pro Musica’s Sonic Boom Festival
Performers: Dorothea Hayley, soprano Melanie Adams, mezzo-soprano Will George, tenor Peter Alexander, baritone Jeff Pelletier, flutes Julie Begg, clarinets Stefan Hintersteininger, cello Michael Park, piano