Help EMV take advantage of a historic $50,000 gift!
Please note: In the best health interests of our community, and in an effort to help stem the spread of COVID 19, EMV is postponing the April 5th fundraising event in support of our 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign at Sage Bistro. Donations towards this campaign will still be gratefully received. CLICK HERE to make a donation online.
EMV invites you to a fundraising dinner and chamber music performance on April 5th 2020 from 5pm-7:30pm at Sage Bistro at UBC. This event will be in support of our 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign to commission an exquisite copy of an 1819 fortepiano by Conrad Graf built by Paul McNulty.
An anonymous donor has agreed to match all gifts up to $50,000!
The event will be hosted by Sheryl MacKay from CBC’s North by Northwest and will include a reception, a three course dinner, live music, and a silent auction. Guests will be greeted by EMV Executive and Artistic Director Matthew White, EMV Board and Staff, and musicians.
Read more about this fortepiano and the role it will play in the community below. You can also read this Early Music America article by David Gordon Duke of The Vancouver Sun that highlights Vancouver’s ‘Historical Piano Boom.’
Dinner Tickets $250 per person (tax receipt for $150)
All bookings welcome: singles, couples, groups, tables of 10
Sage Bistro University of British Columbia 6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Sunday, April 5th 2020 Gala Dinner:
5:30-5:50pm Welcome presentation & musical performance featuring excepts from Mozart Wind Serenade KV 375
6:50pm-7:30pm Auction Draw & Post dinner reception
Attire: business formal
The event will follow EMV’s 50th Anniversary Gala performance at 3pm at the Chan Centre. Tickets for the Chan performance must be purchased separately through the Chan Centre Box (604.822.2697) or online here.
Sage Bistro is less than a one minute walk to the Chan Centre.
To mark our 50th anniversary and embark on presenting a whole new repertoire of period performance practices, EMV has commissioned Paul McNulty to build a copy of an instrument originally designed by the Viennese builder Conrad Graf in 1819. This is the instrument that the early romantic composers would have known and for which they were writing.
About the instrument and the maker:
During Beethoven’s time (and partly thanks to his influence and his demands on contemporary builders), fortepiano construction underwent a substantial development. One of the most influential builders of the time was Conrad Graf. He created an instrument for Beethoven in the last years of his life, offering a 6½-octave range rather than the 5-octave, designed especially to fulfil the demands for larger instruments by Beethoven and contemporaries.
Paul McNulty is an American living in the Czech Republic and is considered the most experienced living builder of copies of 19thcentury fortepianos. Since 1985 he has made more than 220 historical pianos. His customers have included Kristian Bezuidenhout, Malcolm Bilson, Nicolas Harnoncourt, The Chopin Institute in Warsaw, The Glyndebourne Festival, The Amsterdam Conservatory, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Royal College of Music and many more.
Why do we need this instrument now?
For years, EMV has maintained and made available to the broader community an outstanding historical instrument collection. Though we own a “stable” of keyboard instruments that trace almost the whole basic history of the keyboard from the late Renaissance to the present, we are sadly still missing a vital piece of the puzzle. This early romantic piano is that missing piece. Hearing the music of late Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and others, on the instrument for which it was written is utterly transformative and at the heart of what we value as an organization.
“The Graf possesses all of the advantages of a Romantic era piano; shallower key dip, lighter touch, lightness of frame and variations of color between registers. Playing late Beethoven and the early romantics on this instrument fundamentally transforms the overall texture and contours of the music. What might sound heavy and sentimental on an industrial-era modern piano becomes vocal and ethereal, and instead of labouring the hands, intricate passagework reveals a colourful tapestry, achieved with minimal strain.” -Abigail Karr
The availability of such an instrument in Vancouver will have a significant and long-term impact on the early music scene in Vancouver, and on the musical community in general. Preliminary plans include festive inaugural performances and workshops by world-renowned artists including Kristian Bezuidenhout and Andreas Staier, a Beethoven piano works cycle featuring a number of young Vancouver keyboard players, and a special two-week summer course focusing on piano works and Lieder from Beethoven to Schubert.
Timeline, completion and date:
The waiting list for such an instrument from Paul McNulty currently stands at about sixteen months – which means that we are confident that the instrument can be delivered by the Fall of 2021 and ready for inaugural performances in the 2021-2022 season. Our goal is to raise the remaining funds by August 2020.
Potential other partners:
Although EMV will be the sole owner of the instrument, it will be available to the UBC School of Music for teaching purposes and for performances. It will also be made available for partnerships with valued arts organizations in and around the city including The Vancouver Recital Society, The Vancouver Chopin Society, The Friends of Chamber Music, The Vancouver Symphony, The Vancouver Opera and more.
Project revenues and expenses:
The cost for a McNulty 6½-octave fortepiano after Conrad Graf, including a padded cover, shipping crate, and shipping costs & insurance presently stands at approximately $100,000 Cdn. As a special gift in honour of the late Dr. Ralph Spitzer, a long-time supporter of EMV, an anonymous donor is willing to match all donations up to $50,000 to help us with the purchase of this instrument.
To support this campaign, please contact:
EMV Resource Development Manager
(Vancouver Society for Early Music)
1254 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V6H 1B6
Tel: 604-732-1610 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charitable registration number: BN 10816 7776 RR0001