Jane Coop, piano
Friday, January 31, 7:30 pm at the High River United Church
Jane Coop is one of the pre-eminent pianists of our day. Audiences all over the
world thrill to her artistry and heartfelt approach to music. An avid champion of
promoting and celebrating classical music in Canada, Jane Coop was appointed to
the Order of Canada in 2012. Elegant, experienced, and brilliant, Jane Coop takes
her art form to a higher stratum. A class act in every sense.
Christmas Around the World
Ensemble Caprice with Dawn Bailey, soprano
High River was given a gift on Sunday, December 8 by the Ensemble Caprice with soprano Dawn Bailey and six world-class musicians who brought baroque Christmas music from around the world to a prairie town. Corelli’s famous Christmas Concerto came down from the mountains and into the full house at the newly restored High River United Church where the excellent acoustics were once again praised by the audience and performers alike.
Latin rhythms interwoven with African influences blended with traditional European Christmas carols in a varied and unusual program. The members of the Ensemble come from Germany, Iran, and Quebec while Dawn Bailey is a native of Edmonton, Alberta—an eclectic mix producing virtuosic Early Music in the Baroque style. Traverso recorders, baroque guitar and cello plus the tombak and other classical percussion instruments were accompanied by Dawn Bailey’s beautifully crystaline soprano singing from behind, above, and down the aisles of the church sanctuary. No wonder this group is renowned for their innovative interpretations and has received international acclaim in performances around the world.
This concert will be remembered for a long time! The group has produced many award-winning CDs that were for sale with the happy note that half the proceeds will be donated to the High River food bank in recognition of the 2013 Flood. Thank you Ensemble Caprice and Dawn Bailey from High River and the Gift of Music Society.
Next concert: January 31, 2014. Discover The Art of Piano with the incomparable Jane Coop.
Postlude Notes: Yadong Guan Trio November 9, 2013
Music transcends cultures, and the Yadong Guan Trio brought China to High River on Saturday evening to show how it is done. Yadong Guan, playing the ancient Chinese pipa and accompanied on guitar by Bruno Roussel and Christophe Lobel on cello, captivated the full-house audience with their expertise and lively playing. Yadong, dressed in stunning Chinese traditional dress, displayed her instrument’s virtuosity in everything from Chinese traditional music to French-Canadian folk songs to Western European classical renditions.
Yadong’s vocal presentation was as thrilling as her pipa playing, but it was the pipa that stole the show. She explained that it has taken her years of study – all her life, actually, including her childhood years – to accomplish the delicate intricacies of the instrument. In China Yadong is praised as one of the country’s best pipa players; now she is bringing her talent to the world. Since she has been studying Western music, she has been able to blend the pipa with guitar and cello – all are stringed instruments that compliment each other. The pipa is sometimes called a Chinese lute.
High River is honoured to be on Yadong Guan Trio’s concert roster in Canada.
We have some special videos highlighting the artists for our next season as well as a video that tells the story of the gift of music. Just click on the videos below. Enjoy!