The Winds of March Saturday, March 11 2:30 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Nanaimo and Sunday, March 12 2:30 pm at the Gabriola Island Community Hall
The Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra is excited to be performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Faire Wynds Quartet in the upcoming March concert. We are also very fortunate to have Ann Barber-Becqué join us as our guest conductor for this programme.
Sinfonia Concertante (for wind quartet) - W.A. Mozart, KV Anh. I,9 (to listen click HERE) Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis - Vaughan Williams (to listen click HERE)
The Faire Wynds Quartet
Margaret Fisher (french horn) Hornist Margaret Fisher hails from Edmonton and has been enjoying Salt Spring for just over a year. She was an active performer in several orchestras and chamber groups in Alberta and is now busy filling in as needed in groups including the Vancouver Island Symphony, the Victoria Symphony, the Civic and Sooke orchestras. She is thrilled to be making music with fellow islanders. She is the proud proprietor of Stand Out of the Way through which she sells fresh eggs and baked goods as well as her hand crafted soaps – SSI Botanical Bubbles.
Kerry Graham (bassoon) After many years of playing clarinet Kerry Graham left her engineering career and decided to learn her favourite instrument, the bassoon. She enrolled in the UBC School of Music where she studied bassoon with Jesse Read, Julia Lockhart, and Katrina Russell, graduating in 2017 with a BMus in Bassoon Performance. She lives on Salt Spring Island where she plays in the Bach on the Rock Chamber Orchestra. She is the principal bassoon for the Victoria Civic Orchestra, and plays in the Faire Wyndes Quintet on Gabriola Island. Kerry is very interested in baroque music, and is the founder and president of the Salt Spring Baroque Music Society. Kerry is currently pursuing a MA in musicology and performance at UVic.
Phil Haig (clarinet) Phil started playing clarinet in grade seven in his Junior High School band and progressed to the Calgary Youth Orchestra in short order. He then had a career outside of music and did not play his clarinet for almost thirty years. During that time he sang baritone in various choirs in Calgary. When he moved to Gabriola he was inspired to pick up his clarinet again by John Capon and some of the other great and generous musicians on the island. Lo and behold he could still play a few notes! Ten years later here we are! Phil plays on a Backun Model F Bb clarinet (cocobolo/gold).
Deborah Vitek (oboe) Deborah began her study of music/oboe at Youngstown State University and finished her degree at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. She studied with John Mack and John Ellis. She worked in Los Angeles playing with various orchestras and chamber groups including The Pasadena Opera Orchestra, The Long Beach Symphony and the Hollywoodwinds as well as in the recording industry. Eventually she saw the light and knew she wanted to be Canadian, so she immigrated to Gabriola Island, B.C. After relocating to Gabriola, John Capon introduced her to all the classical musicians in the area and made sure there were opportunities to play.
Ann Barber- Becqué
Ann was born and grew up in White Rock, BC. She was involved in Church Choir and Amateur Theatre with her parents and siblings from preschool age. Ann sang and played piano, guitar, violin, clarinet and double bass during her school years. In the 1970s, Ann attended UBC for 2 years, studying Zoology. Marriage and 3 children took over for a while. She completed Royal Conservatory ARCT Teacher Certification in piano in 1984. Ann went on to complete a Bachelor of Music and Teacher training from the University of Victoria, playing double bass in the University Wind Symphony, and singing with the University Chorus directed by Dr. George Corwin, and U Vic Chamber Singers, who toured Eastern Europe & Russia under the directorship of Bruce More. Ann Barber-Becqué completed a Master of Music Education (Conducting) with Dr. Gerald King at University of Victoria. Ann taught mostly in Nanaimo: music, sciences and private piano & theory lessons since the 1980s. She retired from Nanaimo School District in 2016, and is presently teaching piano, guitar and voice lessons at her studio in Qualicum Bay. Ann Barber-Becqué has conducted the Oceanside Concert Choir since 1992, the Cantando Chamber Singers, and now Oceanside Consort a capella singers. She is delighted to have been invited to conduct the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra!