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"A memorable PRISMA moment for me was playing outside (in the rain) at Willingdon Beach."



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Three more weeks until PRISMA 2014! In the meantime, enjoy a newsletter every week to keep you updated on events, faculty members and concert repertoire.

Remember: if you are expecting tickets and membership passes from an online order or event, they will be distributed to you by the end of the month.

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Finally, we're in need of volunteers for a number of positions during the Festival. Read on for a list of roles and consider joining the PRISMA team for our sincere gratitude and complimentary access to concerts.
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PRISMA is looking for a few home-stays for students for the duration of the festival. The students will arrive in Powell River on Sunday, June 15th, and will depart on Sunday, June 29th. If you or someone you know is interested in hosting a PRISMA student, please send us an email:

 Read this testimonial about the home-stay experience of two PRISMA supporters from last year:


"We had the pleasure of hosting a young lady from Costa Rica for the duration of PRISMA last year.  She was a joy to have in the house: she was always curious about the various things that were unfamiliar to her and continuously asking us questions regarding her understanding of English.  She was a college student who had a very good command of the language, but had fun learning the use of "slang" in our culture.  She was not a finicky eater and was willing to try anything.  Before she left, she had the pleasure of seeing racoons, eagles, but no bear (which disappointed her).  We continue to keep in touch via Facebook, which is fun for both of us."


-Terry and Lorraine Stokes, PRISMA 2013 Hosts

Join the PRISMA Team! 
We are still looking to fill a number of volunteer positions:


Dorm Supervisor: As the Dorm Supervisor, you would be on site at the Rodmay Hotel as needed to help students settle in and start their days, handle queries and communicate student concerns with PRISMA staff. You would be needed off/on on June 15th and 29th, as well as for breakfasts and on call as needed on June 16th and 28th.


Box Office: Volunteers would sell tickets and passes at the door to Masterclasses, the Concerto Competition and/or concerts, make change, and give deposits, float and simple ticket records to the supervisor.


All PRISMA volunteers will earn complimentary access to concert(s) and our sincere gratitude. Become a part of the team and join in the festival excitement! 

If you are interested in these or other positions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Dawn Smrekar at or 485-5162. 


19 DAYS 


PRISMA Fundraiser/Kickoff Event


PRISMA and The Laughing Oyster are proud to invite you to an evening of fine dining and performance on Saturday, June 14th at 6pmSupport Powell River's own summer orchestra academy while enjoying an evening of a gourmet buffet, silent and live auctions and performances by Maestro Arthur Arnold and a string trio of 2014 students: Madeline Hocking on violin, Jeffrey Chow on viola and Angela Kim on celloTickets are $45 a person and include a full gourmet buffet and entertainment. Avoid disappointment and contact The Laughing Oyster at 604 483-9775 to make your reservation.


If you would like to support PRISMA, please consider donating a silent auction item.

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Symphony Cruise



Saturday, June 21 at 1:30pm. 


Comox Valley residents can attend the Festival's Saturday matinee concert via the Symphony Cruise.  This provides concert tickets, ferry to and from Powell River, ground transportation to and from the concert hall and an optional catered lunch at the concert hall. 
For more information on the Symphony Cruise, contact Karen Ray at RBC: 250-334-5605 or





Pacific Philharmonic - Arthur Arnold Conductor, Soyoung Yoon violin

Dukas - L'apprenti Sorcier       

Brahms - Violin Concerto, Soyoung Yoon soloist

Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra 

Herbert Greenberg 

 "his musicianship and personal charm earned him many admirers"





Herbert Greenberg was born in Philadelphia and studied under teachers such as Jascha Brodsky and Ivan Galamian. Further studies at Indiana University with Josef Gingold led to a Performer's Certificate. 


Mr. Greenberg has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1981 to 2001. Having performed over 50 concerti from the Baroque to present day American composers such as Adams and Rouse, Mr. Greenberg has collaborated as a soloist with many of the world's leading conductors including William Steinberg, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Yoel Levi, Sergiu Comissiona, Joe Silverstein, Gunther Herbig, Hans Vonk, Pinchas Zukerman and David Zinman. He has performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. Many of his performances have been broadcast on NPR, and he was featured in Strauss's Ein Heldenleben on national television for the opening concert at Meyerhoff Hall in Baltimore.


This season, Mr. Greenberg is giving masterclasses at Juilliard, participating on an international jury for the Ernst and Szymanowski Violin Competition in Wrocław Poland, and performing concerts in Hungary, Czech Republic, and Singapore. He is also a member of the Minnesota Chamber Soloists and a founding member of the Previn-Greenberg-Williams Trio and the Baltimore String Quartet. 


Violin students at PRISMA 2014 will be working with this world class returning PRISMA guest artist in masterclasses, sectional rehearsals and even private lessons for the two weeks of PRISMA.

Ariel Barnes 

"a mesmerizing musical experience"

"luscious tone and technical prowess"






Cellist Ariel Barnes has a wide variety of performance styles under his belt. From music of the Baroque to contemporary styles, Barnes' performances have continued to excite audiences around the world. These performances also include an expanse of concertos that he has performed across the continent.


Barnes' recordings have won him nominations for a Juno and two Western Canadian Music Awards. He is a winner of the 2012 Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, and has also been awarded the use of the 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello, built in Turin, Italy, for three years.


Barnes has been in collaborations with many other fine artists, as well as in the Borealis String Quartet and Trio Accord as a past group member. Recently, Barnes was selected as one of six Canadian cellists to celebrate the launch of as a featured artist in the Canadian Bach Cello Suite Project.


The performance of 21st century art music plays a significant role in Ariel's creative life.  He has given the world premier of works by Canadian composers such as Imant Raminsh, Jocelyn Morlock, Stephen Chatman, R. Murray Schaeffer, Brad Turner, Marcus Goddard, John Oliver, Rodney Sharman, Dorothy Chang, Glenn Buhr, Owen Underhill, Keon Birney, Elizabeth Knudson and Farshid Samandari.  His new project "Couloir" with Harpist Heidi Krutzen keenly focuses on the creation of new music for the beautiful combination of cello and harp.  


Cello students at PRISMA 2014 will be working with this world class returning PRISMA guest artist in masterclasses, sectional rehearsals and even private lessons for the two weeks of PRISMA.

Mark Morton
"a most artistic representative of the new generation developed in the last half century"




Mark Morton is Principal Bass of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University. Dr. Morton is the first-prize winner of the 1990 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, and is the Artistic Director of the American School of Double Bass. He is the author of the popular "Dr. Morton" series of double bass technique books, and numerous articles in many important trade periodicals. 


Dr. Morton earned the undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School in New York, being the first bassist in history to earn the Artist Diploma, Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees all from Juilliard.


Morton has soloed in Europe, South America, the United States, and Canada and has been a featured double bass soloist on radio broadcasts including NPR's "Performance Today," WGBH (Boston), and WQXR (New York). As a recording artist he has the Thresholds and Russian Rendezvous CDs, and shares a compact disc with Gary Karr of solo double bass music by Paul Ramsier. It was with that CD that Classical CD Reviews hailed Morton as "a most artistic representative of the new generation developed in the last half century." 


Mark Morton is an accomplished pianist, having appeared as piano concerto soloist with several orchestras, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His next CD, The Best of Bottesini will feature Morton accompanying himself on piano.


Morton has taught at Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and he was the Assistant Double Bass instructor for Gary Karr at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. He has given numerous masterclasses at institutions like Yale, the University of Iowa, and the Conservatoire National Superieure de Musique de Paris. 


Bass students at PRISMA 2014 will be working with this world class returning PRISMA guest artist in masterclasses, sectional rehearsals and even private lessons for the two weeks of PRISMA.

A Celebration of the Senses:
June 18, 2014 at 5pm 
PRISMA's free, family-friendly community event at Willingdon Beach is back for the 2014 season!

At this event, PRISMA students and guest artists will perform a preview of symphonic and chamber music from the festival. Enjoy a variety of food while perusing displays of art to the euphonic sounds of local musical acts. Bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the culture and scenery at the beautiful Willingdon Beach.


So far, here are the confirmed performers, artists and food vendors:



Powell River Idol winner Jasper Snow Sassaman

The Powell River Community Band


Ursula Medley

Amanda Martinson

Lila Smith

Food Vendors:

The Little Hut Curry

Rob n Lindaz Wood Fired Pizza

Shusma Dass Indian Food

Mayra Funes Indonesian BBQ


and many more!

Repertoire Revealed  

Concert 1: Faculty Chamber Music Concert
Friday, June 20th at 7:30pm



Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf

Holborne's Elizabethan Dances for brass quintet and percussion

Ilbert's Entre'acte for flute and harp

Massenet's Meditation from Tha�s for violin and harp

Berwald's septet in B flat major.


This PRISMA concert is perfect for those with young families, as Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf will be performed with narrator John Silver. The piece relays a story about a young boy, Peter, who goes out to explore the forest and leaves the garden gate open. Some animals escape and are stalked by a wolf from the forest, whom Peter eventually traps and sends to a zoo.


Each animal and character in the story is represented by an instrument. The bird is played by the flute, the duck by the oboe, the cat by the clarinet, the grandfather by the bassoon, the wolf by the french horn and Peter by the strings.


Watch this video of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performing the piece, with conductor Bramwell Tovey as narrator:



Serge Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf.  Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Serge Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
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