Despite the dramatic changes associated with the pandemic, EMV is doing everything it can to continue working towards our mission. All of these new programmes are online and “by donation”. Without ticket revenue we need your support more than ever. Make a donation here to support these initiatives.
EMV’S “DIGITAL CONCERT HALL”
From July 22-26, 2020, at the Chan Centre, EMV will be filming a series of 12 video recordings containing roughly 40 minutes of music supported by artist interviews hosted by Bill Richardson. The repertoire will be drawn from different musical periods and cultures, but all will be played on historical instruments featuring exclusively BC artists. This pilot project is part of EMV’s digital strategy to engage audiences and to experiment with the potential of video technology to enhance the experience of live classical music. This project will employ over 50 BC-based artists.
EMV is proud to be a co-sponsor of “Music for the Pause”, an online concert series based in Victoria, curated by BC-based violinist and recent graduate of the Juilliard Historical Performance programme, Chloe Kim. This weekly series, running from July 3 – September 11 2020, includes 11 video recordings of unique programmes featuring chamber works on period instruments played by exclusively BC-based artists.
EMV asked friends and collaborators to share how they have expanded the boundaries of their creativity as they navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. For this project, Vancouver-based photojournalist Alec Jacobson created 12 portraits of EMV collaborators, showing them practicing their art in this strange new world. Each of the featured artists provided EMV with a written statement, an excerpt of them performing, and a link to something else that they wanted to share.
Interest in this initiative has been overwhelming and we have had to cap involvement at 150 people. The first iteration of this 8-week course is an exploration of the music of antiquity and the medieval era. Each class is offered online via Zoom and is led by Christina Hutten, a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at UBC. Internationally acclaimed performers who specialize in medieval music will make guest appearances to share aspects of their work including Benjamin Bagby of Sequentia, Katarina Livljanić of Dialogos, and Scott Metcalfe of Blue Heron.