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Sunday, November 19 Canada 150: A Multi-cultural Musical Celebration

Program

O Canada with Karin Plato and Harold Birston

Libertango by Astor Piazolla (1921-1992) ~ Argentine Tango

Armenian Melody and Aurore for violin and piano by Gerard Satamian

Jazz Exercise No. 2 and Gentle Waltz by Oscar Peterson ~ Dance Duo

B.C. Chinese Music Association Orchestra ~ Charles Liu, Director

West Coast Fiddleheads ~ Rosie Carver, Director

Some of the Performers

Karin Plato (RMT) is a celebrated jazz vocalist, composer, and music educator based in Vancouver. Among her many accomplishments, she has received award nominations as a soloist and for her innovative recordings. She maintains a vibrant performing career across Canada.

Harold Birston (RMT) is an active freelance musician and composer as well as a talented arranger and teacher. His contributions to the student repertoire for strings have been invaluable and he continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of a variety of educational endeavours.

Deborah and Santiago met dancing tango in Buenos Aires. Together they bring a rich background in dance and movement studies to their partnership. They teach group classes devoted to Argentine Tango for social dancing and as performers they always shine with their love and enthusiasm for transmitting the poetry and passion of TANGO.

Takuhi Sedefci (RMT) is a university trained piano duo musician who performs regularly with choirs, soloists and chamber ensembles through out Canada and the United States. She specialises in Baroque, Classical and Contemporary music and has participated in several fund-raising concerts for the Syrian-Armenian refugee community in Vancouver.

Martha Brickman (RMT) is a familiar local musician and teacher. She has won three international harpsichord competitions and performs with Trio Adiantum, Early Music Vancouver, and CBCs Arts National, as well as the Hornby and Victoria Summer Festivals. Her recordings include Baroque Gems of the 18th Century.

Gerard Satamian (RMT) is a self taught composer, pianist, singer and teacher of Armenian descent who was born and raised in Beirut. His studies included time at the Beirut National Conservatory of Music and the Gomitas Conservatory of Music in Yerevan where he received a Masters Degree in piano.

Elvira Voskanyan has been a part of the musical community in Vancouver since her arrival in December 2007. She is a successful teacher who also performs at local cultural events, community centres, and music festivals, in addition to the Armenian Apostolical Church and Armenian musical societies.

Deas Island Dance offers studies in both traditional and modern forms of dance in the Ladner area. For many years they have encouraged their students to the highest achievements while maintaining a strong sense of community.

The BC Chinese Music Association was formed in 1995 with the goal of promoting music appreciation and encouraging cross-cultural activities. To this end, the members present annual concerts and they make frequent appearances at local charitable, festive, and cultural events through out the community.

West Coast Fiddleheads, under the direction of Rosie Carver, is a fiddle group of all ages that features traditional Celtic, French Canadian & Eastern European tunes. In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, the group will play a selection of Canadian works.