Douglas College Events (Free)

In 2016-17 EMV partners with Douglas College to present a series of three free Lecture-Demonstrations related to programs from EMV’s Main Series. These serve to enrich the students’ musical education and bring an awareness of early music and EMV’s season programming to the broader community in New Westminster.

The Douglas College Music Program was inaugurated in 1970 during the first year of the College’s operations.  For more than four decades, students from British Columbia, across Canada, and around the world have come to take their first two years of a Bachelor of Music degree in its supportive, friendly environment.  Students complete their degrees at the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria and elsewhere.  Several have made their mark in the musical world nationally and internationally. The Basic Musicianship Program appeals to students who wish to have a one-year comprehensive introduction to music or who wish to solidify their skills for further study.  The College introduced a Music Technology Certificate Program in 2011.  In keeping with its community mandate, the College has continuously offered a range of non-credit lessons and classes, currently under the Community Music School.  The fine facilities include studios and practice rooms, ensemble rooms, a piano laboratory, recording studios, and a 330-seat Performing Arts Theatre which offers weekly Thursday concerts by professional musicians.

While Renaissance and Baroque music has always been a part of choral concerts, early music received an important boost with the acquisition of a double-manual French harpsichord by noted Vancouver builder Craig Tomlinson in 1992.  The inaugural recital was played by Ton Koopman; the harpsichord instructor was Doreen Oke.  Monica Kim was the first student to make harpsichord her concentration and her career.  Early music has also continuously been part of music history studies at the college. The head of music history, John Glofcheskie, has a special interest in the fortepiano and in Classical and Romantic performance practice, and is the liaison person for the series.

2016-17 Douglas College Events – the Arts at One series


All of EMV’s 2016-17 Douglas College events will be part of the Arts at One series

The popular The Arts at One series is held most Thursdays during the Fall and Winter semesters, starting at 1pm. EMV is proud to partner with Douglas College and John Glofcheskie for these events.  Admission is Free

Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College
700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster
(One block from the New Westminster SkyTrain Station)
Admission is free. For further information, please contact Krista Eide, Arts Events Officer, or 604-527-5723. Groups of 10 or more may be accommodated with advance notice.

Thursday September 15, 2016 The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and soprano Amanda Forsythe

A selection of virtuosic works by Handel and the rival composers from 18th century London’s ‘Opera of the Nobility’ who briefly put him out of business. Music by Porpora, Hasse, Veracini and others.

Thursday January 5, 2017 – Harpsichord recital and presentation by Alexander Weimann

Alexander Weimann is one of the most respected harpsichordists and continuo players of his generation. In this hour-long lecture recital, he will explain how the harpsichord functions and demonstrate the characteristics unique to this beautiful instrument using Douglas College’s very own Craig Tomlinson, double manual French harpsichord.

Thursday January 19, 2017 – The Spanish ensemble La Galinia with soprano Raquel Andueza

Selections from Locura & Tormenti (madness and torments) a program of intimate 17th century Spanish and Italian songs about love and heartbreak by composers including Monteverdi, Quevedo, Strozzi and Sanz featuring the renowned Spanish soprano Raquel Andueza.

For more information about these events, please contact the music department at Douglas College:  or 604 527 5495. The New Westminster campus of Douglas College is located at 700 Royal Avenue (corner of 8th St.) and is within easy access of the New Westminster Skytrain Station.