Supporting our Symphony
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"Among many other things, the residents of Powell River, BC were one of my favourite parts of the festival. Just seeing the joy, excitement, and support that these people gave to the festival was amazing, and performances were made so much more enjoyable by the enthusiasm of the audiences."
-Shannon Fitzhenry, 2015 & 2016 PRISMA Student
In This Issue:
PRISMA starts early this year: on April 12 and 13 in Powell River and Courtenay, Arthur & Friends: A Fundraising Concert to Celebrate Spring will feature guest artists Janet Arms (flute) and Marc Goldberg (bassoon). Hear performances by these two and many others at what is sure to be a fantastic evening. Read on for more information and to purchase tickets! Check out our Facebook page for a chance at winning a pair.

These fundraisers are excellent ways to kick start a new season... which happens to be our 5th anniversary this year! We have a pretty "sweet" announcement on how we'll start celebrating. As we begin gearing up for our 5th season, it's also time to recruit volunteers for our amazing team. Check out the postings below and get in touch with us if you're interested in joining the PRISMA team as a volunteer.

While we ring in our 5th year, we're also excited to celebrate Canada 150+ at PRISMA on the Beach, acknowledging the cultural richness of our region in 150 years of Canada and beyond, in collaboration with Tla'amin Nation, the City of Powell River and the Powell River Regional District. Stay tuned for more details on this Canada 150 event in PR on Wednesday, June 14!

When: Wednesday, April 12 in Powell River
at the Max Cameron Theatre

Thursday, April 13 in Courtenay
at Native Sons Hall

7:30pm concert, 6pm optional reception

Join us for Arthur & Friends: A Fundraising Concert to Celebrate Spring. PRISMA guest artists Maestro Arthur Arnold, flutist Janet Arms, bassoonist Marc Goldberg, and soprano Megan Skidmore will perform alongside harpsichordist Christina Hutten. Powell River concertgoers will also enjoy performances by the Powell River Youth Choir, and attendees in Courtenay will hear from vocalist Jenn Forsland and the Island Voices Chamber Choir. The concert will begin at 7:30pm, with an optional pre-concert catered reception beginning at 6:00pm, featuring quality 40 Knots Winery wines and a chance to mingle with the performers.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 for the concert or $75 for the concert and reception at , the PRISMA office (Tues-Thurs 9:30-5:30) or Coles bookstore in the Town Centre Mall. Tickets are also available in Courtenay at Blue Heron Books and the Laughing Oyster Book Shop.

Purchase a PRISMA 5-Year Chocolate Bar

To celebrate 5 years of PRISMA, we've partnered with Hot Chocolates to provide 5th anniversary chocolate bars for $5 each. These bars will be unveiled at next week's fundraisers and will soon be available for purchase in the PRISMA office.  Here's a sneak peek--stay tuned!


With thanks to the support of Hot Chocolates in the Comox Valley!

Volunteer with PRISMA

Join the PRISMA team! Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization, and work under the guidance of a combination of professional and volunteer staff and a dedicated board of directors. Enjoy contributing to the arts in a fun environment while earning complimentary access to festival concert(s).

This position provides support for the 80-100 students who attend the festival.  Organizational and some computer skills are needed. Past experience with students is helpful.  This part-time position runs from approx. May 29th-June 28th.

This new position was created to reduce PRISMA's ecological footprint. As 100+ musicians come to Powell River to play for thousands of audience members, how can we adopt proven systems and think outside the box to reduce waste?

With our move towards free tuition for as many students as possible with the Musical Merit Scholarship Fund, we need more homestays than ever!   Our students come to Powell River from all over the world, and the community of Powell River is frequently cited as one of their favourite parts of the festival. If you're interested in billeting a student or two or have any questions, do contact us.

See PRISMA's Volunteer Agreement & Code of Conduct at for benefits and general expectations.

Interested? Contact Laura Wilson at

Congratulations to the winners of our early bird ticket draw:

Guy Pocklingon
Penny White
Tammy Siddall

Enjoy your gift certificates!


From the ocean to the orchestra, experience PRISMA with BC Ferries Vacations TM

Enjoy a 2-night PRISMA Festival Retreat in Powell River  with BC Ferries Vacations .

Package includes:
  • 2-night stay at the Beach Gardens Resort & Marina in Powell River
  • Deluxe Oceanfront Room
  • Complimentary parking
  • Round-trip ferry travel with BC Ferries
  • Tickets to the Matinee Concert on Saturday, June 17th
Book from $245 per person, based on double occupancy.
For concertgoers looking to extend their stay in Powell River, or attend other PRISMA events, packages can be customized to meet your needs.
To learn more and to book your PRISMA Festival Retreat, visit
Moscow Conducting Master Class

Last month, young conductors travelled to Moscow for a Conducting Master Class with Maestro Arnold and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Here's what one student had to say about his experience:

"Maestro Arnold's master class in Russia was among the most beneficial courses I have ever had.  It is amazing how much he was able to teach and have me retain in just three days. His teaching style and use of video is very unique, and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra will push you to improve quickly. The benefit of working with an orchestra this talented and responsive is that it will quickly expose flaws in your technique, and allow you to correct them very quickly. The orchestra is also among the most friendly and welcoming with which I have ever worked! I cannot recommend working with Maestro Arnold enough."
Purchase tickets online:
PRISMA is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency.  Sponsorship recognition and benefits vary according to level.  For partnership inquiries, please contact

I hope you'll join us next week!

Sarah Barton-Bridges

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