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"Under the baton of Arthur Arnold - he is truly the glue that held us all together - we magically created great music of contrasting styles. We were inspired and encouraged under his guidance."

-Clara Tsang, Hong Kong, 2012 Student
In This Issue
Greetings, music lovers!

Welcome to the second edition of our PRISMA newsletter. This issue features an article on Arthur Arnold: Music Director, Conductor and part-time Powell River resident. Like the rest of us here at PRISMA, Arthur is very excited to see a symphony program continuing in our region. Read on to learn more about Arthur, as well as three of our distinguished guest artists.

In this issue you'll find details about ticket sales, concert dates and volunteer opportunities. We would love to have you on board!

In upcoming editions, look for an article on local composer Tobin Stokes, and a profile of a local PRISMA student.

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By volunteering with PRISMA, you can make an important contribution to the faculty and participating students, as well as to the larger community. PRISMA needs volunteers for Public Relations, Fundraising and Administration who are willing to work throughout the year. We can also use focused help in a variety of areas during the festival June 18-28. PRISMA welcomes whatever kind of help you can give. It's a great way to meet people and access concerts! 

or call us at 1-855-5PRISMA.

Don't have any time to volunteer? Consider making a donation. Help us with our commitment to offer outstanding educational opportunities and musical performances while making Powell River the go-to summer symphony destination in North America. Donate here.

Donate to our Silent Auction!
During the Festival concerts, PRISMA will be holding a silent auction to raise funds for the program. We are looking for donations for silent auction items. We ask that businesses donate items of at least $150 value in order to have a good selection of items and value. The first items

donated for PRISMA's silent auction are a beautiful original painting by

local artist Alexene Silver and a romantic dinner, overnight stay and breakfast for two at Herondell Bed and Breakfast. Thank you, Alexene and the Hollmanns!




Anything you can give will help. Whether you contribute time, money or silent auction items we truly appreciate your generosity.
Symphony Cruise
Saturday, June 22
Leave Little River: 10:10am
Return: 5:15pm

This is a chance for Vancouver Island residents to get a taste of what PRISMA is all about by attending a matinee performance by the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra (SSO) aboard a BC Ferry.

Click here to buy tickets online or contact Karen Ray at RBC at 250-334-5605 or for more information.
Maestro, Please!

If music is a universal language, then Arthur Arnold is as fluent as can be. As a renowned conductor, Arnold's favourite instrument is the orchestra itself. "There's a lot of control with the hands to the group," he said, "I really play the orchestra." He especially enjoys "inviting" different sections of the orchestra to begin playing throughout a piece and seeing the enjoyment the musicians feel from this interaction. 
Arnold's career as a conductor really took off in 2001 following his debut with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Soon after the concert in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Arnold was appointed principal guest conductor. Recently, Arnold was promoted to Chief Conductor of the orchestra. 
Arnold received the majority of his musical training in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, where he studied the cello. In the United Kingdom, he studied with Diego Masson at the Dartington International Summer School. In Amsterdam, he studied closely with Dmitri Ferschtman. 
Following his studies on the cello, Arnold began studying orchestral conducting in the Netherlands under the guidance of Anton Kersjes. Arnold's hard work paid off when he received the Prins Bernhard Foundation award in 1996 to study at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy with Myung-Whun Chung. Later, Arnold was honoured with the Busenhart Morgan-Evans award to participate in masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Diego Masson, and Gianluigi Gelmetti. Arnold was also presented with numerous opportunities as an Assistant Conductor prior to his debut with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
The European origins of Arnold's education and experience have indeed embedded themselves in his technique as many critics refer to his traditionally European styles of balance, musical phrasing and clarity of texture. Arnold is also well known as a specialist in Russian repertoire.
Arnold's conducting has also brought him overseas to Canada, specifically as Orchestral Director at the former Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, International Choral 
Kathaumixw, the orchestra at the Glenn Gould School of Music and, now, PRISMA. 
Seated at his piano covered in sheets of musical scores, Arnold explains how he works with the complicated music. "The piano helps me to learn the scores." By learning the score with the help of his piano, Arnold can effectively conduct the orchestra. "Of course, being a conductor, doing all the symphonic music, it is about the orchestra," he said.

"For me, it's so important that the symphony music in Powell River continues," Arnold said, "and I'm so excited that it will." His happiness is also in part due to the "amazing group of knowledgeable people that took it on."

Arnold's work as both an Orchestral Director and Conductor has granted him a worldwide reputation. Shalom News in Moscow reported in 2010 that Arnold was "one of the rare conductors who not only possesses a flawless technique, but also inspires the orchestra, giving the individual musicians creative freedom." A PRISMA guest artist on leave for this year, Martin Chalifour, praised how Arnold "stresses seriousness and tradition, communicates clearly, and with a great sense of style."
"This is the most amazing thing to do because you connect people," Arnold said with excitement, "not only the students, but the students with the audience." 
Experience this exciting and inspirational connection from seeing Arnold conduct an orchestra by attending PRISMA's concerts on June 21, 22, 26 and 28. 
The quotes in this article were taken from a SHAW TV video interview with Arnold. To watch the video, click here.
Visit his website to learn more about his performances and repertoire.

Symphony ConcertsSaturday June 22 and Friday June 28, 7:30pm
Chamber Music Concerts: Friday June 21 and Wednesday June 26, 7:30pm
Masterclasses: daily (with the exception of Symphony Concerts days), 3:30pm ONLY $3!
Student Recitals: (see schedule hereFREE!

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Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, at Breakwater Books (6812 Alberni Street) or at the Evergreen Theatre one hour before concerts

Adult: $22
Youth under 15: $11

All concerts take place at the Evergreen Theatre.


Save $62 by purchasing a Season Pass here for entry to all concerts, masterclasses and student recitals. 

$137 value for just $75!

Ariel Barnes


  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 the next three years.
In addition to his distinguished awards, Barnes has been given the world premiere of works by several Canadian composers, including PRISMA guest artist Marcus Goddard.
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.
Barnes will be a guest artist at PRISMA for both weeks. He will be giving a Cello Masterclass on June 24 and will perform at the Faculty Chamber Music Concerts on June 21 and 26.

Click on his photo to see more of Ariel's accomplishments.


Roger Cole


    Roger Cole is known as the Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Orchestras, positions he has held since 1976. Since 1977, he has also been the Principal Oboist of the Carmel Bach Festival.


Upon receiving his early music training in Seattle, Cole became a scholarship student at Yale University and The Juilliard School, where he worked with renowned oboists.


In addition to his various musical appearances, Cole works as the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. He also teaches at the University of British Columbia, at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and from his home, giving many private lessons. 


Cole will be leading an Oboe and Clarinet Masterclass with clarinetist Alain Desgagn� on June 19, as well as sectional rehearsals and private lessons for oboe students. He will be seen performing during both weeks of PRISMA, with fellow guest artists at the Faculty Chamber Music Concerts on June 21 and 26.


Click on his photo to see more of Roger's accomplishments.


Mark Morton

   In addition to being the Principal Bassist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Mark Morton is a teacher, director and author. He is the Assistant Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University, as well as the Artistic Director of the American School of Double Bass. In the past he has taught at Lyn University, Ohio Wesleyan University and The Hartt School of Music. He is the author of the "Dr. Morton" series of double bass technique books. 

Morton is also an accomplished pianist, having performed as a soloist with several orchestras by the age of seventeen. His CD, The Best of Bottesini, features Morton accompanying himself on the piano.

After studying both the double bass and piano, Morton focused solely on the bass. He attained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, making him the first bassist in history to receive all four degrees from Juilliard. Morton's work as a bassist has taken him across Europe, South America and the United States. 

During PRISMA, Morton will run a Bass Masterclass on June 18. He will also perform in the Faculty Chamber Music Concerts for both weeks of PRISMA, on June 21 and 26.



Click on his photo to see more of Mark's accomplishments.
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