Brandon Chamber Players are pleased to continue celebrating the return to live music with their third concert of the 2021-22 season! Ricefall features pianist Everett Hopfner and local student musicians performing incredible works by contemporary composers.
The event will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2022, with performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Brandon University’s (BU’s) Kinsmen Rehearsal Hall.
Everett Hopfner, director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music, will perform alongside students from the conservatory and Brandon University’s School of Music in an evening of calming and meditative contemporary works. The program is centred around two substantial works by Michael Pisaro-Liu, a member of the Wandelweiser Group of composers who explore the “the fruitful relationship between sound and the absence of sound.” Other composers to be featured include Phyllis Chen, and Amy Williams.
“My vision for this concert is to create a safe, welcoming space as we return to live performance this season: performers and audience mingled together, experiencing calming, serene, inviting sounds and taking an opportunity to listen and breathe together. I’ve been experiencing the heartache, stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the troubling news cycle like everyone else, so it seemed fitting to program ricefall – a soothing rainy soundscape – as a kind of ritual for peace and reflection. I am absolutely thrilled to invite fifteen outstanding students from the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music to participate in this concert. They have been working so diligently throughout the pandemic, without many opportunities to share their achievements with an audience. I’m very grateful to the Brandon Chamber Players for giving them this chance to shine.”
Concerts will continue to operate at a significantly reduced capacity to promote social distancing. All attendees must provide proof of vaccination and ID at the door and wear masks at all times. Tickets must be reserved in advance and are available by contacting the Brandon Chamber Players through their website or by calling the School of Music office at 204-727-9631. Seating is extremely limited, so it is recommend that you reserve tickets in advance. Concertgoers with reservations can pay at the door. General admission is $40, and $20 for students. For more information visit: BrandonChamberPlayers.ca.
Brandon Chamber Players are grateful for the support of Manitoba Arts Council, Brandon University School of Music, the City of Brandon, and all our private and corporate donors and sponsors.