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Hello, fine music lovers!

2014 has kicked off to a great start for PRISMA. During the month of February, a Valentine's Special will be available with the purchase of two PRISMA All-Access Passes. You will receive a special gift and a chance for a romantic surprise. Also in honour of Valentine's Day, this edition features an article on Tchaikovsky's famous Romeo and Juliet overture, a piece inspired by the classic Shakespeare tragedy. PRISMA is also excited this month to announce the addition of a new bassoon faculty member to our team.

Don't miss out on your chance to take advantage of our unique Valentine's Special! PRISMA always encourages its fans and supporters to consider becoming members to contribute to the wonderful program growing right here in the community of Powell River. 

Find all of the above information in this edition of the PRISMA newsletter, and always feel free to email us with any questions or concerns you may have. Thanks for reading!
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Valentine's Special

Celebrate Fine Music With Your Valentine




Buy two PRISMA All-Access Passes during the month of February. 

Receive a special romantic gift: exclusive access to a video of Moscow Symphony Orchestra's Valentine's Day performance of Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet Overture. See a flyer for the concert below, as well as a testament to the sheer wonder of MSO's performance.

You will also have a chance at winning a one night stay in your choice of the Bridal or Executive Suite at the Town Centre Hotel in Powell River.

Click here for more information or to order your Valentine's Special!

"Arthur Arnold inspired the orchestra to grand achievement. He immediately created a great musical tension and thrilling atmosphere in Tchaikovsky's overture Romeo & Juliette. He built the work in a magisterial way. There is little one can do to ruin Tchaikovsky's love theme, but this evening it became one of the most beautiful melodies ever written."

What's in a Name?

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Shakespearean overture premiered in Moscow on March 4, 1870, with later revisions being performed in 1880 and 1886. 
The overture, while being inspired on the Shakespeare tragedy, does not portray the events of the play in the order they occur. Instead, Tchaikovsky explores a variety of characters and moods that are central to Shakespeare's work. He opens with a serene clarinet and bassoon melody meant to represent Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet's ally and friend.
The piece shifts to violence and chaos as the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets is depicted. This is contrasted with a soaring love theme of the bond between the young lovers, with Romeo being represented by a boisterous trumpet and Juliet a delicate flute. As themes of love and violence alternate throughout the piece, the feeling of urgency grows until a shift to a minor key suggests the tragedy that is the end of the play and the young lovers.
This piece was performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under the baton of PRISMA's own Maestro Arthur Arnold. By purchasing two PRISMA All-Access Passes, you will get exclusive access to a live video recording of the performance, as well as a chance for a one night stay in a luxury suite at the Town Centre Hotel in Powell River.
Mathieu Harel
PRISMA is excited to welcome Mathieu Harel, a world class bassoonist, to the 2014 faculty. 

Associate Principal Bassoon with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montr�al since 1998, Mathieu Harel was Acting Principal Bassoon of the OSM during the 2003-2004 season.


Mr. Harel was born in Contrecoeur, near Montr�al, and later studied with Bernard Garfield at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and at the Montreal Conservatory, with Rodolfo Masella and Gerald Corey.

Prior to the end of his studies at Curtis, Mr. Harel won the Second Bassoon position with the Orchestre Symphonique de Qu�bec. He was also Assistant Principal Bassoon with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago.


Mr. Harel currently teaches at the Montreal Conservatory, and was a member of the faculties at McGill University, the Trois-Rivi�res Conservatory and the Camp Musical des Laurentides. Mr Harel plays on a bassoon made by Canadian maker Benson H. Bell.Conservatory of Music.


Bassoon students at PRISMA 2014 will be working with this world class bassoonist in masterclasses, rehearsals and even private lessons.



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