What’s up at Place des Arts: Speakers, Art, Concerts, Spring Break


Place Des Arts Coquitlam Spring Break 2012

Place des Arts in Coquitlam says, “We inspire the artist in everyone.” Over the next month, they have lots of stuff going on to do just that. If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on inside their building on Brunette, this is the perfect time to find out. Here are some of the things you may want to check out.

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break isn’t until March, but Place des Arts’ popular day camps open for registration on January 30, 2012, and they fill up fast. It’s not hard to see why. The week-long, full-day camps for children in kindergarten to grade 5 allow students to participate in six classes in art, drama, music and movement each day. Small class sizes ensure plenty of individual attention, and after care is available for a small fee. My own daughter still performs the musical theatre number she learned over Spring Break last year. Students in grades six to eight can participate in half-day workshops designed specifically for older youth, which provide a more intensive experience. Or, delve into Shakespeare in the two-week Shakespeare 101 workshop.

Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Place des Arts offers art, music and dance classes to students of all ages. But this unique facility isn’t just an art school, it also contains some beautiful gallery space. When a new exhibition opens, there’s an opening night. Experience fine art, inspiration and a glass of wine. What could be better? Drop by Place des Arts on February 2, 2012 at 7:00pm and attend the reception for for Maryam Mohseni’s untitled mix-media exhibition, Iryna Nikitinska’s There’s Life in the Stone, acrylic paintings, and Robert Baliello’s Motion Un-controlled, DSLR images. Meet the artists and learn about their inspiration and process during artist floor talks.

Salon Speaker Series

The Salon Speaker Series is new to Place des Arts. These innovative events are bringing compelling, internationally-renowned BC artists to Coquitlam. Attendees have a chance to meat and engage with the artists, who will speak / perform for 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers. The next event happens on February 9, 2012 at 7:00pm, and features composer Bramwell Tovey. Maestro Tovey is the music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and an internationally recognized composer. In February 2011, Calgary Opera premiered his opera The Inventor. Seated at the piano, with the assistance of a singer, Bramwell Tovey will give the audience an intimate view into the writing and production of a full-scale opera.

Day of the Arts

The public schools in the Tri-Cities are having a Pro-D Day on February 17, 2012, so Place des Arts is holding a Day of the Arts for students in kindergarten to grade five. Children get to explore their creativity through a variety of activities in the visual, literary and performing arts. The day consists of six blocks of activities programmed around an “outer space” theme. Families can pick the block of classes that best suits the interests and age of their child.

Faculty Concert Series

Place des Arts’ music teachers present four diverse faculty concerts throughout the year, covering a broad range of musical genres. These Faculty Concerts give Tri-Cities music lovers the chance to hear exceptional musicians playing in an intimate setting. These concerts are also a great opportunity for students to learn from watching and listening to their teachers play. On February 25, 2012 catch A Celebration of Czech Music III, featuring Roger Mangas along with musical guest Monica Pfau. The pair will play works for violin and piano from Czech composers, including well-known masters and newly-discovered gems.

For more information on any of these events, visit Place des Arts online at www.placedesarts.ca, give them a call at 604.664.1636 or drop by the building at 1120 Brunette Avenue in Coquitlam [map].

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