February at Place des Arts

Place Des Arts Coquitlam

Today is both the first day of the Year of the Horse, and the last day of January. Many of us are, therefore, looking forward to what the days and weeks ahead have in store. If you’re looking for local events that provide family fun, something to think about, and a chance to get creative, you’ll find something for you this February at Place des Arts in Coquitlam. Today we’ve rounded up a few events to add to your calendar at the arts centre in Maillardville.

Salon Speaker Series: Dr. Corey Hamm

Dr. Corey Hamm is an internationally acclaimed performing pianist and Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at UBC. He is also the next guest in the centre’s Salon Speaker Series. Dr. Hamm will speak on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:30pm. Classical music continues to evolve from its centuries-old roots to present day, and Corey Hamm will guide the audience on a journey into the world of modern music using numerous examples that speak to him and inspire his love of contemporary classical music. Dr. Hamm will discuss and perform some of his favourite repertoire written by living classical composers from around the world. Dr. Hamm will also lead a master class for advanced piano students at Place des Arts on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 9:30am – 4pm. The master class open to external piano students for auditing and anyone interested may contact Place des Arts Fine and Performing Arts Programmer Fleur Sweetman at 604.664.1636 ext. 38.

Day of the Arts

Registration is now open for Place des Arts next Day of the Arts, which takes place on Friday, February 21, 2014, a Pro-D Day for kids here in School District 43. Children from kindergarten to grade 5 will take a virtual trip around the world through a variety of visual and performing arts activities. Place des Arts highly skilled teachers have programmed a full schedule of exciting global-themed classes. Amongst other artful adventures, students will explore dance styles of various cultures; discover the ancient Indian art of Rangoli, or painting with rice; use their imaginations to visit exotic places through drama; and learn to play a variety of drums from around the world.

A Celebration of Czech Music

Violinist Roger Mangas and pianist Monica Pfau, both members of Place des Arts’ music faculty, are back to present the fourth and final installment in their Celebration of Czech Music series during their faculty concert on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:30pm. The concert will feature the works of composers Josef Foerster, Oskar Nedbal, Josef Suk, Antonin Dvorak and Bohuslav Martinu. Roger Mangas shares, “As students, we were strongly influenced by one of our Czech mentors, Jaroslav Karlovsky, a former member of the famous Prague String Quartet & Czech
Philharmonic. It was through him that we were exposed and drawn to a series of pieces virtually unknown in North America or forgotten, even in Europe.” This final recital will include the North American premiere of Josef Foerster’s Sonata quasi Fantasia.

Festival du Bois Exhibition Opening Reception

This year, Festival du Bois is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To take this celebration to the heights, festival organizers have hand-picked two exceptional local artists to feature at Place des Arts. Mandara Lebovitz and Leesa Hanna both have strong roots in the region and both find their inspiration in nature and choose wood as their main focus, be it as a medium or subject matter. This choice aptly reflects the storied history of, and immigration to, Maillardville, an area that was for many easterners at the turn-of-the-century the chosen Promised Land, where work was plentiful and housing subsidized. Head to Place des Arts on February 27, 2014 at 7:00pm for fine art, inspiration and a glass of wine.

For more information about any of these events, or to register, visit placedesarts.ca or call 604.664.1636.

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