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"I  can't overstate the value of my experience with Arthur Arnold and the orchestra academy. I had the chance to both study and perform with some of the greatest orchestral musicians in the world."

Charles Brooks, Principal Cello Orquesta de C?mara de Valdivia, Chile

In This Issue:
We've been working hard to bring some very special events to our community for PRISMA 2015. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Dutch Liberation by Canadian Armed Forces, PRISMA will be hosting a historical tribute  on  May 31st,   as well as during A Celebration of the Senses on June 17th .   PRISMA has partnered with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam to bring an exhibit on the life of Anne Frank to Powell River for our festival.

Additionally, we are excited to add a chartered concert tour to the PRISMA program for fine music lovers in the Lower Mainland.  Let's not forget our annual Laughing Oyster Fundraiser, too! For $45 a person, enjoy an evening of food, music and a silent auction to support and kick off PRISMA 2015.

We can always use your support, and if you're able to, we hope you'll consider volunteering with PRISMA. Read on for more details on how you can get involved.
Ticket sales are live on our website! Click  here  to purchase tickets or passes.

Home-stays Needed


PRISMA is looking for a few home-stays for student musicians during the festival. Students will arrive on June 14th and depart on June 28th.  This is a two week commitment and may require driving students to and from the Complex (unless you are within walking distance or on a bus route) and providing some or all meals. For this worthwhile commitment, you will receive:


                        Complimentary access to the Chamber Concerts

                        Invitation to Volunteer Appreciation Party

                        PRISMA T-Shirt



If you or someone you know is interesting in billeting a PRISMA student, please contact:


Marlene Chamberlain

Volunteer Recruiter

tel. 604-414-0744

Anne Frank: A History for Today

and a tribute to the 70th Anniversary of the Dutch Liberation


Join us on May 31st at 1pm in the Foyer of the Max Cameron Theatre to hear stories of the Liberation of The Netherlands told by local community members and in the Theatre at 2pm for a presentation by Julie Couture, a representative from the Anne Frank House. 


This free presentation and the actual exhibition will provide not only the life story of Anne Frank, but also place that story in historical context. This year, there will also be an emphasis on Canada's role in the Liberation of the Dutch people.


PRISMA has partnered with School District #47 to bring this exhibit to the community, under the Distinguished Patronage of:

Her Honour

The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC

Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.


PRISMA will display the Anne Frank House's exhibit in the upper level of the Recreation Complex in Powell River during festival days from June 20th to 27th, as well as before concerts and during intermissions at evening performances. The exhibition will then be displayed in the Town Centre Mall after the festival.


This year, PRISMA's A Celebration of the Senses, the free, open-air community event on June 17th, will include a tribute to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian forces. This tribute, "Two Countries-One Spirit," will feature speeches by Dutch and Canadian dignitaries, a flight show, and, of course, live music by PRISMA's symphony orchestra, the Pacific Philharmonic. The HMCS Whitehorse will anchor nearby, and, during the Overture 1812 by Tchaikovsky, real canons will be fired from the beach. For more information on the event and its history, visit


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PRISMA Concert Tours

This year, we're excited to host two concert tours to make PRISMA  accessible  to fans on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland: the Symphony Cruise and the Symphony by the Sea Concert Tour .

Symphony Cruise (Vancouver Island):

The 2015 Symphony Cruise will depart for Powell River from the Little River Ferry Terminal, Vancouver Island at 10:10 am on Saturday, June 20th. Throughout the duration of the sailing, audience members will hear the tone poem Don Juan by Richard Strauss and Stravinsky's Firebird. Audience members will then be transported to the Evergreen Theatre for a matinee symphony orchestra performance. The three concerto competition semi-finalists will play solo with the Pacific Philharmonic, and afterward, the audience will have the opportunity to vote on a recipient of the $500 Audience Choice award.  For more information, visit our website.



Symphony by the Sea Concert Tour (Vancouver):


On Saturday, June 20th, the Symphony by the Sea Day Cruise will depart from Vancouver. The day-cruise provides breakfast onboard while en route to Powell River. Audience members will be shuttled to the Evergreen Theatre to enjoy the same matinee symphony orchestra concert at 1:30 pm. During the return trip to Vancouver, a light meal will be served. On Wednesday, June 17th, the Overnight Cruise will bring patrons to Powell River for the Celebration of the Senses: Two Countries--One Spirit. Meals and accommodation are included in the cruise package. For more information on these cruises or to book tickets, visit our website


Laughing Oyster Fundraiser

On Sunday, June 14th, join us at the Laughing Oyster at 6pm for an evening of food, music and a silent auction to support PRISMA. Tickets can be purchased directly through the restaurant by calling  (604) 483-9775.
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Become a Member

If you're interested in becoming a PRISMA member,  visit our  website . Thank you for supporting our festival!  
All best,

Sarah Barton-Bridges

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