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Howe Sound brings classical stars to Squamish

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Performance season an international affair

With its 11 th year in full swing, the Howe Sound Arts Association has embarked on an ambitious program for its 2003-04-performance season, full of classical superstars, international flavours and a one-man version of the entire Star Wars Trilogy.

"I think we’re starting to spread our wings a bit," said Brian Marchant, returning for his third year as president of the 150-member organization.

"We’re broadening our vision to not only include more international acts, but to include a variety of genres, to include along with music, more dance and theatre."

An eclectic mix is scheduled to pass through the 187-seat Eagle Eye Theatre in Squamish over the next months. The season kicked off with a jazz performance by the Buhr Quartet in September and continues this Tuesday with superstar classical cellist Denise Djokic, who will be accompanied on the piano by David Jalbert.

Other upcoming performances include Mediterranean guitarist Pavlo and multicultural dance troupe Vinok. Program director Tamsin Miller says the international flavour of the lineup is in part a response to the international flavour of the region.

"I have a great interest in world music and I know that it’s not something HSAA has traditionally presented, but we are a very multi-cultural society in Squamish, so we wanted to try and introduce some different elements," Miller explained.

With the tremendous population growth Squamish has experienced, and with the outpouring of international attention the area is expected to receive due to the upcoming Olympic Games, both Miller and Marchant confirm the HSAA is excited at the subsequent growth in opportunity to establish Squamish as an artistic haven.

"There’s a very active artistic community here and I think it’s going to grow along with the population in the area," said Miller. "We’re striving all the time to reach a wider audience and increase awareness of the arts both in Canada and internationally."

More information on the Howe Sound Arts Association, and a complete performance schedule is available on their Web site at www.howesoundarts.org.

Djokic and Jalbert add youthful vigour to classical selections

Who: Denise Djokic & David Jalbert

What: Howe Sound Arts Association Performance Season

Where: Eagle Eye Theatre, Squamish

When: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m.

Tickets : $15-$20

If the HSAA is looking to make its name as a premiere classical performance series they have certainly helped their cause by bringing world-renowned Canadian cellist and Sony Classical recording artist Denise Djokic to the Eagle Eye Theatre this Tuesday.

A Halifax native in her early 20s, who bridged the gap between high and pop culture by performing at the 2002 Grammy awards, Djokic will present more traditional fare with pianist David Jalbert at her Squamish appearance.

"I’ve been just longing to book her, ever since I saw her," enthuses Program Director Tamsin Miller. "The intensity, her vitality, it’s really exciting."

Djokic has performed with several symphony and philharmonic orchestras throughout North America, and was the 2002 winner of the Canada Council for the Arts instrument bank competition, which won her the use of a 1696 Stradivarius cello. However, a second place finish at this year’s competition in August passed the instrument to winner Kaori Yamagami.

Tickets for the performance are available at the box office or in advance from Billie’s Bouquet, Highland Video, and Mostly Books in Squamish.

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