Whistler - Guest Performances

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Thursday, April 21
Sea to Sky Ballroom, Conference Centre

 

7:30pm

Student Social and Dance!

Featuring UBC Swing Kids and a senior high (TBA) Jazz Band

Friday, April 22
Sea to Sky Ballroom, Conference Centre

 

7:00 & 8:30pm

UBC Wind Ensemble with Jens Lindemann, guest trumpet soloist
Conductor

Repertoire coming soon

Time Groups Assigned
7:00pm TBA
8:30pm TBA

 

Saturday, April 23
Rainbow Theatre

 

12pm and 12:30pm Concerts

Jazz Band TBA 

Saturday, April 23
Mt. Currie Ballroom, Hilton

 

Mt. Currie Ballroom, Hilton, 6:45-8:00 pm

Catholic Mass 
 Music TBA

Saturday, April 23, 7:00 & 8:30pm
Sea to Sky Ballroom, Conference Centre


7:00pm

 Urbana Big Band

interval

 Fifth Street

interval

Mass Choir

8:30pm

Mass Choir 

interval

Fifth Street

Repertoire coming soon

interval

 Urbana Big Band

Repertoire coming soon

Time Groups Assigned
7:00pm TBA
8:30pm TBA

 

Saturday, April 23
Conference Centre lower level

 

8-10:00 pm

Directors' Reception
Sponsored by Affinity Tours

Sunday, April 24, Sea to Sky Ballroom, Conference Centre

 

11:00 am

Adjudicators' Pick for Jazz Ensembles

11:30am

Adjudicators' Pick for Choirs

12:00pm

Adjudicators' Pick for Concert Bands

 

Performer Bios

Jens Lindemann

As the first classical brass soloist to ever receive the Order of Canada, Jens Lindemann is hailed as one of the most celebrated artists in his instrument’s history and was recently named “International Brass Personality of the Year” (Brass Herald). Jens has played both jazz and classical in every major concert venue in the world: from the Philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Moscow and Tokyo to Carnegie Hall and even the Great Wall of China. His career has ranged from appearing internationally as an orchestral soloist, being featured at the 2010 Olympics for an audience of 2 billion people, national anthems at the Rose Bowl and for the San Francisco Giants on Memorial Day, performing at London’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’, recording with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to playing lead trumpet with the renowned Canadian Brass and a solo Command Performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Jens has also won major awards ranging from Grammy and Juno nominations to winning the prestigious Echo Klassik in Germany and British Bandsman 2011 Solo CD of the year as well as receiving several honorary doctorates.

Classically trained at the renowned Juilliard School in New York and McGill University in Montreal, Jens’ proven ability to perform as a diverse artist places him at the front of a new generation of musicians. He has performed as soloist and recording artist with classical stars such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Angel Romero, Pinchas Zukerman, Doc Severinsen, Charles Dutoit, Gerard Schwarz, Eiji Oue, Bramwell Tovey, Kent Nagano, Lior Shambadal, Boris Brott and Jukka Pekka Saraste. Having recorded for BMG, EMI, CBC and the BBC, Jens is helping to redefine the idea of the concert artist by transcending stylistic genres and the very stereotype of his instrument by performing with “impeccable attacks, agility and amazing smoothness” (The Clarin, Buenos Aires).

A prodigious talent, Jens Lindemann performed as a soloist with orchestras and won accolades at numerous festivals while still in his teens. A prizewinner at numerous jazz and classical competitions including the prestigious ARD in Munich, Jens also placed first, by unanimous juries, at both the Prague and Ellsworth Smith (Florida) International Trumpet Competitions in 1992. Since then, he has performed solos with orchestras including, the London Symphony, Berlin, Philadelphia, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Bayersicher Rundfunk, Buenos Aires Chamber, Atlanta, Washington, Seattle, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Montreal, Toronto, National Arts Centre, Vancouver, Warsaw, Mexico City, Costa Rica, Bogota, Welsh Chamber, I Musici de Montreal, St. Louis, and Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center.

Heralded internationally as an outstanding artist, critics have stated: “He played with golden timbre and virtuosic flair” (New York Times)“, “a world-class talent” (Los Angeles Times), “it was one of the most memorable recitals in International Trumpet Guild history” (ITG), “performed brilliantly in the North American premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Concerto with the Toronto Symphony” (Toronto Star), and “he gave the virtuoso highlight of the evening with the Montreal Symphony”.

Based in Los Angeles as Professor with High Distinction at UCLA, Jens is also director of the summer brass program at the Banff Centre in Canada. Jens Lindemann is an international Yamaha artist playing exclusively on 24K gold plated instruments.

Urbana Big Band

UBC Wind Ensemble

Conductor: Rob Taylor

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is comprised of the most outstanding wind and percussion students in the School of Music. The group is dedicated to the performance of the finest wind repertoire, regardless of the period or size of ensemble. Although many members are music majors, students studying in other fields sometimes qualify for participation. Many students rotate between placements in the Symphonic WInd Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra throughout the season, which provides exposure to the full complement of repertoire for winds and the opportunity to work with multiple conductors.

Urbana Big Band

Dr. Robert Taylor, Conductor

Robert Taylor is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and serves as Chair of the Woodwind Brass and Percussion Division. With a career in music education spanning over twenty years, previous appointments include the University of Puget Sound in the state of Washington and Eureka High School in northern California, where ensembles under his direction earned recognition by Downbeat Magazine, the Selmer Corporation , and Grammy Signature Schools.

Dr. Taylor received the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet and Music Education from Humboldt State University. He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, with past engagements including performances with the Vancouver Brass Project, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Chicago - based contemporary music group, the Maverick Ensemble, in addition to collaborations with a wide range of international artists — from brass virtuosi Allen Vizzutti, Gail Williams, Jeff Nelsen, and Daniel Perantoni; to composers Jodie Blackshaw, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, David Maslanka, Joel Puckett, Alex Shapiro, Frank Ticheli, and Dana Wilson; to jazz and pop performers Ingrid Jensen, Manhattan Transfer, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. As a passionate advocate of music in the schools, Dr. Taylor is in high demand as a festival adjudicator, rehearsal clinician, and guest conductor throughout North America and internationally. 

 

Urbana Big Band

Urbana Big Band

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the AROKIS Centre of Music Society provides an environment for musicians young and old to perform big band music under the guidance of professional musical directors. The AROKIS Society keeps alive a musical tradition that is not readily available these days: it acts as an art repository and a preservation hall of North American musical history that goes from the birth of jazz in the 1920s to the jazz of present times, fostering awareness of the genre’s composers, arrangers, and musicians. URBANA is one of two bands that comprise the AROKIS Society. URBANA was formed over 30 years ago and consists of outstanding professional and amateur musicians. The band rehearses every Saturday morning and performs concerts throughout the Lower mainland. This group’s performance at the Whistler Cantando Festival will give high school students an awareness that there are musical opportunities for them when they are older and in their adult years. Robin Shier has been directing URBANA since 1991. Since graduating from the New England Conservatory with a Master of Music Degree in 1984, he has been active as a professional musician in many disciples. As a jazz trumpeter, he has recorded two albums for Unity Records; performed frequently for CBC; and has toured Canada with his Quintet, performing in every province except Newfoundland. He has been recognized by CBC as “one of the finest composers in Canadian jazz”. Robin Shier also performs orchestral music and has played in many Vancouver Opera productions as well as with the Lions Gate Sinfonia Orchestra. He has been teaching at Douglas College since 1988, and is the band teacher at Burnaby Central Secondary School.

 

 Fifth Street

Fifth Street is a vocal quintet based in Victoria, BC. Its five members – Natasha Penfield, Jilaine Orton, Ryan Narciso, Kenji Lee and Taylor Caswell – met at the University of Victoria’s School of Music and formed the group out of a desire to make music together and continue growing as artists. Inspired by a capella powerhouses such as Pentatonix, The Real Group and M-Pact, Fifth Street combines the worlds of pop, jazz and R&B in five-part harmony.

NATASHA PENFIELD

Soprano

NATASHA PENFIELD Fifth Street

Natasha's vocal versatility is thanks to her passion across musical genres - as well as her years of study in musical theatre, classical, and contemporary music. With high notes described as "ethereal", she rounds off the top harmonies in Fifth Street.

JILAINE ORTON

Alto

Jilaine Orton Fifth Street

Both a professional vocalist and music educator, Jilaine’s alto voice brings a unique warmth to Fifth Street’s sound. She spearheads the quintet’s educational clinics, where her expertise as a performer and teacher shines as an invaluable asset to the ensemble.

RYAN NARCISO

Tenor

Ryan Narciso Fifth Street

Ryan is a singer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist whose Youtube cover songs have garnered millions of views. Having performed around the world with award-winning musicians such as Tori Kelly and Jed Madela, he now lends his talents to Fifth Street as the quintet’s tenor.

KENJI LEE

Beatbox/Baritone

Lee Fifth Street

In addition to performing as Fifth Street’s beatboxer, Kenji also frequently sings with the quintet as a baritone and bass. Kenji is a prolific arranger who finds inspiration in fusing current popular music with both jazz and electronic dance.

TAYLOR CASWELL

Bass

Taylor Caswell Fifth Street

Trained as a vocalist, pianist and bassist from childhood, Taylor was influenced by a variety of musical styles including pop, jazz, and musical theatre. He now sings as Fifth Street's bass while occasionally arranging for the group.