The Garibaldi Trio makes its Coast Recital Society debut this Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m. at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt. The performers are Jose Franch-Ballester (clarinet), Marina Thibeault (viola) and David Fung (piano). Coast Recital Society President Carolyn Mitchell will host a pre-concert chat with the musicians at 1:30 p.m.
Multi award-winning Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester is considered one of the finest classical soloists and chamber music artists of his generation and has been hailed by The New York Times for his “technical wizardry and tireless enthusiasm.”
Violist Marina Thibeault has delighted audiences across Canada, the United States and Europe with her elegant, spellbinding performances and engaging presence. In 2016 she was listed by CBC Radio as one of Canada’s 30 “hottest classical musicians under 30.”
Steinway artist David Fung regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles as a recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Fung garnered international attention as a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv.
“Pianist David Fung enthralled members of our audience when he performed as a soloist for our series in the spring of 2022” said Coast Recital Society Artistic Director Frances Wainwright. “Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to welcome him back to the Coast Recital Society, especially in the company of these two wonderful musicians.”
Clarinet, viola, and piano are an unusual combination of instruments and classical composers seldom produced music for trios of this kind. Mozart was the first with his Kegelstatt Trio which will be heard on Sunday along with Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen, and four pieces from Max Bruch’s Opus 83. The program also includes Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale composed in 1941 by British-American classical composer and viola virtuoso Rebecca Clarke.
The concert, which is sponsored by Strait Coffee in ts’ukw’um (Wilson Creek), has tickets for sale by email or phone (adults $30, students $10). Email email@example.com or call 604-885-0991. More information is available at www.coastrecitalsociety.ca.
Labour day comes early
Whether you are new to Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, or already a fan, the upcoming Sunshine Coast Film Society screenings of Parallel Mothers will provoke and delight.
Two women, Janis (Penelope Cruz) and Ana (Milena Smit) converge in a hospital room where they are soon to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and is exultant. Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. The words they exchange in these hours create a powerful link between the two, which by chance develops, complicates and changes their lives.
Penelope Cruz delivers a heartfelt performance and embraces the troubled heart of the movie with wit and warmth. Almodóvar mixes motherhood and his country’s political history. He packages his message in vibrant colours, putting the past and contradictions of his country on display.
In typical Almodóvar fashion, several narrative strands merge together, and the twists and turns of the plot are unpredictable.
Parallel Mothers screens Saturday, October 15 at 2 p.m. at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt, and Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse.
Memberships and tickets are available online (www.scfs.ca); while admission at the door is payable in cash only.