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"The musical experience in Powell River was an important step in my musical development. The faculty challenged me to make music from my heart in every note that I played. From the very beginning, all the teachers were supportive and devoted to helping us grow as musicians and as people."

-Calvin Chan, USA, 2012 Student
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The launch of PRISMA is finally here!

Welcome to the fourth edition of our PRISMA newsletter. This issue features articles on Eli Schweitzer, a Powell River student participating in PRISMA, and three of our distinguished guest artists.

In this issue you'll find details about exciting events, ticket sales and concert dates. 

In upcoming editions, look for details on the chosen repertoire for the festival.

Don't miss the PRISMA orchestra at A Celebration of the Senses this week on June 20 at Willingdon Beach!
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PRISMA presents...

Indulge your senses as you taste all kinds of food, see the art and scenic landscape and listen to the sounds of a variety of musical genres, including PRISMA's own orchestra.

Enjoy tasting food from Ayu Sushi to Go, Little Hut Curry, Mexican Food, Tiny Lil' Donuts and more. Bring a blanket and the family to enjoy your dinner to the sounds of celtic group Cluinn, the PRISMA orchestra, a sousaphone, the pipe band and jazz ensemble SlAM.  

This event will take place at from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday, June 20 at Willingdon BeachVisit our PRISMA booth at the event to purchase concert tickets, and browse the other community booths.

Check out the event page on Facebook to help spread the word or read the article in the Powell River Peak for more information.


We are pleased to invite local educational groups to participate in a unique interactive strings masterclass on June 27 during PRISMA. During the strings masterclass, young audience members will have a special opportunity to engage in an interactive session with guest artists after the class. 

We are also pleased to let you know about Season Passes available for free to select youth to ensure they don't miss out on the PRISMA experience. Contact us to request one! 
See the flyer here for more information. 




3:30-5:20 pm
Evergreen Theatre, 5001 Joyce Ave.
Admission fee waived for 18 and under
(it's free!) 



Friday, June 21, 7:30pm Concert #1 Evergreen Theatre


Chamber Music Performances by PRISMA Distinguished Guest Artists

Saint-Sa�ns - Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals)

Ingolf Dahl - Music for Brass (1944)

Danzi - Quintet for Winds Op. 56/1

Johannes van Bree - Allegro for 4 String Quartets



Saturday June 22, 1:30 Concert #2 Evergreen Theatre 
Saturday June 22, 7:30 Concert #3 Evergreen Theatre


Performance by Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra

Arthur Arnold - Conductor

Soyoung Yoon - Violin

Strauss - Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto

Elgar - Enigma Variations

Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 



Wednesday, June 26, 7:30pm Concert #4 Evergreen Theatre


Chamber Music Performances by PRISMA Distinguished Guest Artists

Mozart - Serenade Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Stokes - Bits of Beauty

Mozart - Symfonia Concertante, K. 297



Friday, June 21, 7:30pm Concert #5 Evergreen Theatre


Performance by Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra

Arthur Arnold - Conductor

Rossini - Overture William Tell

Performances by Concerto Competition Prize Winners

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 Path�tique 


Representing Powell River

Powell River will be proudly represented by young cellist Eli Schweitzer in PRISMA next week. Having watched performances for eight seasons and participated in one season of the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific (SOAP), Schweitzer is ready to take the stage yet again.
While this may be his second year of the performance academy, Schweitzer has a much longer history in music. At the age of seven, he enrolled in his first cello lesson. As a child, he had explored instruments on a computer game and chose the cello as his favourite. "The violin was too squeaky, the bass was too grumbly and the cello was perfect," he said.
Since then, Schweitzer has stuck to the cello and his past experiences with SOAP have helped him immensely. "I found more confidence in myself, in my orchestral abilities," he said. "My confidence as a cellist was extremely advanced."
This year, Schweitzer hopes to improve as a soloist. "What makes this year a little bit different is that they're putting more emphasis on the audition aspect of the orchestra," he said. "That not only helps you as an orchestral musician, but as a soloist and that's where I need help."
Schweitzer is excited to return to the Evergreen Theatre's stage for another year of the music academy. "The experience is overwhelming, because you're in there with so many other musicians and you get that massive sound. It's so cool." 

Symphony Concerts:Saturday June 22, 1:30 & 7:30 pm and Friday June 28, 7:30pm
Chamber Music Concerts: Friday June 21, 7:30 pm 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!


If you...

  • BOUGHT SEASON PASS(ES) ($75 each): Please collect them at Will Call at the upper foyer of the Complex an hour before each concert. Bring a print out of your Paypal receipt/notification to be served even faster.
  • BOUGHT CONCERT TICKET(S) TO ONE CONCERT AND HAVE A PRINT OUT OF YOUR PAYPAL RECEIPT/ NOTIFICATION ($22/11):You can come straight to the theatre entrance. Your Paypal print out will serve as your ticket.
Thank you for joining us at these excellent performances. As this is our first year, we appreciate your patience with our volunteers as we all learn the ropes.
Shelley Brown  


Shelley Brown's work as a flutist performing solo, chamber, experimental and orchestral musical has granted her a strong reputation.
Having appeared in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Chamber Series as a soloist and chamber member, Brown is no stranger to the media. She appeared with members of the Canadian Opera Company wind section and with the Toronto chamber collective, ArtFarm.
In addition to distinguished appearances, Brown has worked on a number of collaborations. She was featured on renowned Canadian jazz pianist Renee Rosnes' Life On Earth, a 2003 Juno Award winner. Brown has also collaborated with Rosnes as a lyricist with several songs being published.
Playing the flute and piccolo with both the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Brown has toured extensively across North America and Europe.
Along with being a performer, Brown sits on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Musicians' Association and on the Toronto Arts' Council Music Committee. She has also taught privately for many years at Memorial University, the Etobicoke School for the Arts and for the National Music Camp of Canada.
During PRISMA, Brown will lead a Flute and Bassoon Masterclass with fellow guest artist Gwen Seaton on June 26 and will perform in the Faculty Chamber Music Concerts on June 21 and 26.

Click on her photo to see more of Shelley's accomplishments.


Gordon Cherry
Gordon Cherry performed as the Principal Trombonist with the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra from 1974 to 2009. 
Cherry studied trombone with Emory Remington, graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 1971 with a Bachelor of Music.
Following his education and early orchestral work, Cherry started his own music printing business. Cherry Classics, established in 2000, now has over 350 works in its catalogue. 
Cherry has also taught for over 35 years at the University of British Columbia.
For the first week of PRISMA, Cherry will perform in the Faculty Chamber Music Concert on June 21. He will also lead a Horn and Trombone Masterclass with fellow guest artist Oto Carillo. 


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


Robert Fraser
Robert Fraser has been the bass trombonist for the Victoria Symphony for over 20 years. Additionally, Fraser has performed with Calgary Philharmonic and the Winnipeg Symphony.
Fraser has studied trombone across the country. He received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Brandon University and went on to obtain a Licentiate in Trombone from McGill University. Fraser also holds a Master's of Arts in Musicology and Performance from the University of Victoria.
During PRISMA's second week, Fraser will perform in the Faculty Chamber Music Concert on June 26.
Click on his photo to see more of Robert's accomplishments.
Consider making a donation to PRISMA. 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. We have a TLC package with products from Ecossentials, Image 1 and TFit - a value of $227. Thank you!
To see more of our silent auction items, check out the display outside the Spruce Room in the upper Complex.




Anything you can give will help. Whether you contribute time, money or silent auction items we truly appreciate your generosity.
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