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"Thank you to the students and instructors for sharing your wonderful gifts with us in Powell River. Also, to Arthur Arnold, staff, and volunteers--good job! Looking forward to PRISMA 2017."
-PRISMA 2016 concertgoer
In This Issue:
The countdown is on: less than one month to go until PRISMA 2017! 

This edition of the newsletter is chock-full of exciting updates for our fifth season: a new guest artist soloist, an additional concert, and more! Read on for the full daily events schedule, including $5 master classes and free student recitals at the Evergreen Theatre.

As always, PRISMA's success is contingent on the wonderful support of the community in Powell River and beyond. We're still recruiting for new volunteers to join our ranks--read on for some postings and get in touch with us if you're interested in joining the PRISMA team.
*NEW* Concert: Raven Tales
Chamber Music Concert featuring BC Composers

PRISMA is thrilled to add a new concert unlike any other in its series of events!  Raven Tales  will feature modern music by BC composers performed by a number of PRISMA's guest artists.

This new and exciting concert is open to all, with admission by donation and first-come, first-served seating. 

Tuesday, June 20th, 7:30 pm | Evergreen Theatre

Check out the links below to hear a sampling of the repertoire:

Janet Arms (flute), Roger Cole (oboe), Alain Desgagné, (clarinet), Fokke van Heel (horn), Bill Linwood, Trevor Barroero (percussion), Michelle Gott (harp), Yegor Dyachkov (cello), Mark Morton (bass)

Jennifer Butler - under bleak skies (2012)
Janet Arms (flute), TBA (bass clarinet), Fokke van Heel (horn), Marcus Goddard (trumpet), TBA (percussion), TBA (violins), Yi Zhou & Yegor Dyachkov (cello), Mark Morton (bass)

Marcus Goddard -  Solus (2010)
Marcus Goddard (trumpet), with electronics

Jocelyn Morlock - Darwin Fish (2008)
TBA (percussion quartet)

Giorgio Magnanensi - Quid (2012)  
Janet Arms (flute), TBA (clarinet), Fokke van Heel (horn), Trevor Barroero (percussion), Yi Zhou (viola), Yegor Dyachkov (cello), Mark Morton (bass)

Janet Arms (flute), Alain Desgagné, (clarinet), Trevor Barroero (percussion), Sungpil Kim (piano), TBA (violins), Yegor Dyachkov (cello)
Introducing: Soprano Lauren Margison

Recognized at an early age for her ability to communicate with an audience, soprano Lauren Margison joined the prestigious Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal as one of their youngest members ever in the fall of 2016. This past summer, Ms. Margison placed as a finalist in the prestigious and highly competitive Meistersingers Vocal Competition in Nürnberg.

A versatile soprano, she has performed extensively both in Canada and internationally, specializing in classical, jazz and pop repertoire. Some highlights to date include performances for Opera Ontario, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Beaches Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, The Cincinnati Pops, Hannaford Street Silver Band, the noon hour concerts at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Ottawa Choral Festival Gala, and the Venetian Ball under the baton of Marco Armiliato, (fundraiser for Villa Charities, Toronto) held on the main stage of the Four Seasons' Centre for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Margison performs across Canada with her father, Richard Margison, in their vocal duo, 'Back to Back', and continues to hone her vocal art under the tutelage of Richard Margison and Valerie Kuinka.

Listen to some of her performances here and don't miss Lauren's solo performance with the orchestra during the Saturday, June 17th symphony concerts at 1:30 and 7:30 pm at the Evergreen Theatre.
Kickoff Fundraiser at the Laughing Oyster
Sunday, June 11

Join us in kicking off a new season with dinner and a show at the Laughing Oyster Restaurant (10052 Malaspina Road) on Sunday, June 11. Chef Dave Bowes will be serving  leg of lamb, crackling pork, salmon, prawns, mussels, and clams--not to mention some musical entertainment alongside Maestro Arthur Arnold and flutist Janet Arms! 

The event will also host a silent auction, featuring return flights for two to Vancouver with two Vancouver Symphony Orchestra tickets, a Pollen sweater, a box of MAD chocolates, and gift packages of Darn Tough Socks.

  Tickets are $45 and reservations for specified seatings can be made by calling the Laughing Oyster at 604-483-9775.

Interested in donating a silent auction item? Get in touch with us!
Don't miss the full roster of 2017 events!

Week 1:

June 12
2:00 - 4:45 pm: Conducting with Arthur Arnold
5 pm: Conducting Student Recital (with full orchestra) FREE!
June 13
2:00 - 3:15 pm: Bass with Mark Morton
               3:30 - 4:45 pm: Clarinet with Alain Desgagné
5 pm: Clarinet Recital FREE!
June 14
2:00 - 3:15 pm: Violin with Jasper Wood and Terence Tam
5:30 pm: PRISMA on the Beach (Willingdon Beach) FREE!
June 15
2:00 - 3:15 pm: Trombone/Tuba with Gordon Cherry and Paul Beauchesne
               3:30 - 4:45 pm: Cello with Yegor Dyachkov
5 pm: Cello Recital  FREE!
7:30 pm: Concerto Competition FREE!
June 16
2:00 - 3:15 pm: Bass with Mark Morton
               3:30 - 4:45 pm: Viola with Andrew Brown FREE!
 7:30 pm: Gala Grand Opening Concert
June 17
1:30 pm: Symphony Cruise Matinee Concert
7:30 pm: Symphony Evening Concert

Week 2:

June 19
2:00 - 3:15 pm: Cello with Yegor Dyachkov
               3:30 - 4:45 pm: Horn with Fokke van Heel
5 pm: Horn Student Recital FREE!
June 20
2:00 - 3:15 pm: Oboe with Roger Cole
3:30 - 4:45 pm: Bassoon with Julia Lockhart
7:30 pm: Raven Tales: Guest Artist Chamber Music Concert
June 21
2:00 - 3:15 pm: Flute with Janet Arms
              3:30 - 4:45 pm: Viola with Yi Zhou
5 pm: Viola Student Recital FREE!
June 22
2:00 - 3:15 pm: Trumpet with Marcus Goddard
              3:30 - 4:45 pm: Harp with Cheryl Losey Feder
7:30 pm: Guest Artist Chamber Music Concert
June 23
2:00 - 3:15 pm: Violin with Richard Roberts and Dennis Kim
              3:30 - 4:45 pm: Percussion with Bill Linwood
5 pm: Percussion Student Recital FREE!
June 24
7:30 pm: Closing Symphony Concert

All master classes, recitals, and indoor concerts take place at the Evergreen Theatre (5001 Joyce Ave). Master classes are $5 daily admission (free for youth and passholders) and discounted concert tickets are available for youth. Raven Tales entry is by donation. 

Purchase tickets or passes online at, at the PRISMA office in the Town Centre Mall until June 9th and at the Evergreen Theatre from June 12th.

Volunteer with PRISMA


Join the PRISMA team! Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and work under the guidance of a combination of professional and volunteer staff and a dedicated board of directors. Enjoy contributing to the arts in a fun environment while earning complimentary access to festival concert(s).

With our move towards free tuition for as many students as possible with the Musical Merit Scholarship Fund, we need more homestays than ever!   Our students come to Powell River from all over the world, and the community of Powell River is frequently cited as one of their favourite parts of the festival. If you're interested in billeting a student or two or have any questions, do contact us.

Here's what homestays Madeleine and Fraser said about their experience hosting PRISMA students for the last couple seasons:

"Hosting a PRISMA home stay student is easy.  The students are mature and look after themselves, and PRISMA provides their lunches and dinners. Just breakfast and a ride to and from the Complex needed.  The benefits?Beautiful music in the house, meeting some of these talented young people, and helping PRISMA--win-win!"

We are also seeking volunteers for ushering, box office support, wine pouring, and more. 

For more details, contact 
Laura Wilson at or check out our page on Volinspire.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Arthur & Friends fundraisers in Courtenay and Powell River!

Special thanks to our event sponsors:  School District 47 and the Max Cameron Theatre40 Knots Estate WineryThe Beez Kneez Catering, Pacific Coast Appliance & Installation, Strathcona Symphony OrchestraMother Nature Garden Home & Pet for the beautiful flowers, Hot Chocolates for our 5-year anniversary bars, and our wonderful performers, board members, and volunteers.
From the ocean to the orchestra, experience PRISMA with BC Ferries VacationsTM

Enjoy a 2-night PRISMA Festival Retreat in Powell River with BC Ferries Vacations.
Package includes:
  • 2-night stay at the Beach Gardens Resort & Marina in Powell River
  • Deluxe Oceanfront Room
  • Complimentary parking
  • Round-trip ferry travel with BC Ferries
  • Tickets to the Matinee Concert on Saturday, June 17th
Book from $245 per person, based on double occupancy.
For concertgoers looking to extend their stay in Powell River, or attend other PRISMA events, packages can be customized to meet your needs.
To learn more and to book your PRISMA Festival Retreat, visit
Over the next few editions of our PRISMA newsletter, we'll be recognizing some of our sponsors who help make our Festival such a success.


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

Warmest wishes,

Sarah Barton-Bridges

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