Supporting our Symphony
PRISMA NEWSLETTER February 22nd, 2016
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"The faculty is excellent, Maestro Arnold is inspirational, and the audiences of Powell River are truly spectacular. It's an intense musical festival, yet the beautiful location and supportive atmosphere make it extremely enjoyable and fun."
- 2015 student

In This Issue:
After last month's inaugural New Year Reception, PRISMA is gearing up for yet another first: an opera! PRISMA's Composer in Residence, Tobin Stokes, will be bringing his opera,  Rattenbury, to stages in both Powell River and Courtenay. Read on and save the dates! More details on this Gala Concert Performance are coming soon, but what we can tell you now is that you won't want to miss it.

PRISMA is pleased to announce that our stellar lineup of faculty members has been confirmed for 2016. Join us in extending a warm welcome to the new guest artist joining our ranks for PRISMA 2016: Jasper Wood!

If you're looking to get involved with PRISMA, we are currently recruiting for two important volunteer positions within our Marketing & Communications team. Read on for more details, and don't hesitate to ever get in touch if you're interested in volunteering with PRISMA.

Finally, we are thrilled to share that Brian Balfe, our past president, current sponsor, and dedicated supporter, has won an award in outstanding volunteerism. Read on for the full story!
PRISMA's Newest Annual Fundraiser:
A Gala Concert Performance

Join us on  April 7th in Powell River and/or April 6th in Courtenay  for a night at the opera. PRISMA is proud to present Rattenbury, an opera composed by Powell River's own Tobin Stokes. Save the date and keep an eye out for more details coming soon! Check out the event on Facebook and stay updated.

Tickets are available here.

PRISMA Presents: RATTENBURY Promo Video
Watch the Rattenbury Trailer

New Guest Artist:
Jasper Wood, Violin

"As an added gift, violinist Jasper Wood played ... with a gorgeous sound and brilliant control of his instrument.  Wood sounded like an entire violin section unto himself." 
-Halifax Chronicle Herald

Canadian violinist Jasper Wood has performed with many of North America's finest orchestras, in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo, and throughout Europe.  He has performed under the batons of Gregory Novak, George Cleve, Georg Tintner, Bramwell Tovey, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Jasper has also garnered acclaim for his performances as a recitalist and chamber musician, having taken him to major cities worldwide in venues such as Dame Myra Hess (Chicago), Carnegie Weill Recital Hall (New York) and the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. 

Jasper has been equally committed to performing in Canada's smaller communities, such as the Northwest Territories and other parts of northern Canada.

Jasper performs with guitarist Daniel Bolshoy in Duo Rendezvous, and  with pianist David Jalbert and cellist Yegor Dyachkov  in Triple Forte.  He also performs frequently with pianist David Riley, with whom he has performed for twenty years and collaborated on multiple recordings.  Jasper's CD project in 2013 includes a recording of the works of American composer Mathew Fuerst.  Education and outreach has always been important to Jasper, and as such, he regularly visits schools and gives masterclasses.

Jasper Wood resides in Vancouver with his wife, Grace, and two children, where he is Associate Professor of violin and chamber music at the University of British Columbia.

Jasper Wood plays a 1914 Stefano Scarampella violin. 
Volunteer Recruitment:
Marketing & Communications Team Members

PRISMA is looking to fill two positions in its Marketing and Communications Committee, with one person becoming Chair of the Committee following the conclusion of PRISMA 2016. The committee has in place significant local marketing and communications initiatives and looks to develop similar initiatives outside Powell River.
Ideally, you will have a background in marketing/communications with up-to-date knowledge of marketing strategies and trends and will be able to bring to the committee practical, innovative and imaginative, out-of-the-box thinking.
If you are looking to use your marketing and communication skills for a few hours per week and are able to adhere to timelines and deadlines, then joining this committee is the right move for you.
The positions start in February and will require 1-4 hours per week.

If you're interested in applying or have any questions, send an email to Marlene Chamberlain, Volunteer Coordinator or reply to this newsletter!

Looking for other ways to join the PRISMA team? 

We're also looking for volunteers to help implement a recycling program for PRISMA. Get in touch if you're interested in getting involved!
PRISMA Supporter Recognized
for Outstanding Volunteerism

Brian Balfe, PRISMA's past President, recently was nominated for and won the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award for outstanding volunteerism. You guessed it--Brian's time as a founding board member and key volunteer for PRISMA led to his recognition for his commitments to the Powell River and Courtenay/Comox communities.  The Caring Canadian Award, which was established by the former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc, recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smart and caring nation. 

Brian will receive the award in March in Vancouver with his family.

Stay tuned for details on the Symphony Cruise and RBC/Balfe-Somers Wealth Management's PRISMA Matinee Concert on June 18.

BC Ferries Sailing Added
for PRISMA 2016

Thanks to the hardworking folks at BC Ferries, we have already secured an additional sailing to accommodate our Saturday matinee concert for PRISMA 2016. So to all of our out-of-town PRISMA fans: we hope we'll see you again this summer!

Students: Apply now to PRISMA by March 31 
PRISMA 2016 |  JUNE 13-25

PRISMA is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency.  Sponsorship recognition and benefits vary according to level.  For partnership inquiries, please contact


Musically yours,

Sarah Barton-Bridges

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