Join the Sea to Sky Orchestra 

Also in arts news: Whistler Chamber Music Society lineup unveiled; Mountain Muse Festival set; and polka party at The Point

click to enlarge The Sea to Sky Orchestra is looking for new members to join its ranks. Photo submitted
  • The Sea to Sky Orchestra is looking for new members to join its ranks. Photo submitted

The Sea to Sky Orchestra is on the hunt for new members.

While they currently have about 11 musicians, a handful are set to move in the coming weeks, says director Yuko Iwanaga.

In particular, they're looking for two new violinists. Ideally, they'd also like to add a viola player and a cellist, too.

"I want people to enjoy making music together," Iwanaga says. "Most of them have played in their childhood, but not everybody. Some people used to play, but they stopped and started to pick up instruments again."

The group—which has members from Pemberton, Whistler, and Squamish—meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. and performs throughout the year.

Musicians must be able to read music and have some level of experience—even if it was playing music when they were a kid. New members are accepted on an ongoing basis.

To find out more, email Iwanaga at dreamthedream15@gmail.com

Whistler Chamber Music Society unveils lineup

The Whistler Chamber Music Society has revealed its 2019-2020 concert series.

First up, on Oct. 6, is the Cascadia Reed Quintet, made up of the oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon. World-class Vancouver ensemble Borealis String Quartet will follow on Nov. 17; McGregor-Verdejo Duo, a flute-and-guitar duo, is set for Dec. 8, and the Jumaralis Trio, with clarinet, cello, and piano, will perform on March 8, 2020.

Finally, rounding out the series will be A Touch of Brass, a long-running group made up of Vancouver Opera Orchestra performers, on April 5, 2020.

All shows take place from 5 to 6 p.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the first show, visit whistlerchambermusic.ca.

Mountain Muse Festival set for Pemberton

It might feel like festival season has come to an end, but the Pemberton Arts Council has one more in store.

The organization is hosting the Mountain Muse Festival on Sept. 13 and 14 at venues throughout Pemberton. It will feature art and live music, including Dakota Pearl on Friday, Sept. 13. On Saturday, Sept. 14, catch Thomas Sloss, Suzanne Wilson, Michael Waters, and Sea to Sky String Orchestra from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Then, from 2 to 4 p.m., catch The Spiritual Warriors, followed by The Courageous Mountain Rangers from 4 to 6 p.m., and Ev Kinsella from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The events are free. For more information, stay tuned to the Mountain Muse Festival event page on Facebook.

Czech it out at The Point

What's the best way to mark the end of summer?

Well, that's obvious: with a Czech Polka Night, of course. The Point Artist-Run Centre is hosting this unique evening on Sept. 13, which will feature live accordion music from Sharon Schrul, polka dance lessons with Adela Smazilova and a Czech feast prepared by Petr Cagasek.

Come dance the night away for $30 with dinner and $15 with the show and dancing only.

Tickets are available at thepointartists.com or at Armchair Books.

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