Audiences and Students Give High Marks to PRISMA
95% of the audience members who filled out feedback forms judged the Chamber Music Concerts as "excellent." The Symphony Concerts received a 93% "excellent" rating. We know that you can't please everyone, but it is definitely gratifying that the remaining audience members thought the concerts worthy of a "very good" rating. We also received a number of constructive suggestions, such as improving the sound for the masterclasses and providing more information about the student musicians. We will use your feedback to make improvements and introduce new innovations for next year. We'd like to share some of the positive comments from the audience:
"PRISMA surpassed all expectations."
"My enjoyment was large, and I thank you ALL very much."
"It was wonderful to be able to attend the daily student recitals."
"A wonderful 2 weeks of music."
"PRISMA did everything just right."
"The violin soloist, Ms. Yoon, was absolutely outstanding - world class performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto."
"Absolutely fabulous!! Kudos to Arthur Arnold, faculty and students. Soyoung Yoon was breathtaking. We are so lucky here in Powell River."
"Best year for the symphony in Powell River."
"Most inspiring ... such a human/artistic event."
"Excellent quality of concert performances - very polished. Complicated pieces were not avoided. So good to see such a high level of community support."
"Slowly coming down from two weeks of delight! Path�tique has been a favourite since my twenties; I've never heard it live before. What a gift! Thank you!!!"
"Thank you so much to EVERYONE for bringing us such a wonderful program."
The audience loved the addition of the masterclasses to the program this year. The excitement grew day-by-day just from word of mouth. The last masterclasses drew over 150 people apiece to observe the students play, learn and improve before our very eyes. Your comments tell the story:
"The masterclasses opened my eyes and ears to the many facets of playing the instruments and interpreting the written score. They have given me a much greater appreciation of the music, instruments and musicians."
"I am a dummy when it comes to classical composers ... the masterclasses helped increase my knowledge."
"The masterclasses were a great addition to the program."
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the amazing musical journeys during the festival, and especially for opening up masterclasses to the public. I learned so much from watching the faculty members work with students! Thank you for sharing so much with us!"
Powell River is grateful for the student musicians who work hard to perform at a high, professional level during the concerts at the same time as they are working to improve their skills. It's nice to know that the students appreciate Powell River and PRISMA, too. Here are a few representative comments:
"The musical experience was amazing. I have never played in such a good orchestra before. In addition to the music, the social experience was also good. I enjoyed meeting fellow students from around the world."
"I have loved it so much here! It has changed my life for the better and I'm so sad to be going home."
"A memorable PRISMA moment for me was playing outside (in the rain) at Willingdon Beach."
"I had a great learning experience. Great section. Great instructors ... What more could you ask for?"
"All faculty excellent - so wise and willing to give help and info."
"PRISMA was great. I learned a lot, met awesome musicians and just had an incredible experience."
"I loved every minute."
We're excited to relive this PRISMA experience in an even better way with you next season!