Kwantlen presents A Pentland Celebration

Mon, Oct 15, 2012

On October 19, 2012, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Canadian Music Centre - British Columbia Region (CMC-BC) will be hosting A Pentland Celebration. This special concert commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Canadian composer, Barbara Pentland.

Several Pentland pieces will be performed by Jane Hayes, music faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, alongside the Borealis String Quartet with guest bassist David Brown (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) and renowned Mexican pianist Edison Quintana. The concert will take place at Kwantlen’s Langley campus in the auditorium starting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to come and enjoy this 90-minute concert at no cost; donations will be accepted on behalf of the CMC-BC.

"As a classical pianist, my work so often focuses on the past, whether distant or recent,” said Hayes. “The attraction of the Pentland project was to immerse myself in the recent past and provide an opportunity to the public to hear works of an amazing Canadian composer whose body of compositions goes unheard by virtue of accessibility to the scores and the lack of a performing tradition. This concert will hopefully open the ears of anyone attending to the compositional journey that one composer took in a creative life spanning over 60 years.”

A Pentland Celebration is one of several Pentland tribute events and projects being held across Canada, in cities such as Victoria and Halifax. Pentland’s earliest works are flavoured by the chromatic tradition of the French late-Romantic school of Franck and D’Indy. By the mid-twentieth century, Pentland saw herself as a committed high modernist and steadfast partisan of contemporary values. A Pentland Celebration is a must-see for admirers of this great composer, a pioneer in Canadian contemporary music.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,500 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


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