UBC School of Music offers low-priced and free musical events on an ongoing basis, most of which fall into the classical genre. Just take a look at what suits your schedule, and something that suits your interests will come around sooner or later. Often the performances are done by students who are finishing a master’s or doctoral degree in music. To my ears (admittedly not so well-trained as those of my fellow blogger), the quality has been very good for all the concerts I have attended.
Note the Valentine’s Day concert that is on offer: UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, “Paris, Je T’aime”.
PARIS JE T’AIME Robert Taylor, conductor Christopher Under, guest conductor*
Paul Dukas: Fanfare to “La Péri” | Francis Chagrin: Sept Petit Pieces* | Edgar Varèse: Dance for Burgess | Igor Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments | Leonard Bernstein/trans. Grundman: Overture to Candide | Claude Debussy/arr. Patterson: The Engulfed Cathedral | Darius Milhaud: Suite Francaise | Camille Saint-Saëns/arr. Frackenpohl: Pas Redoublé, Op. 86
8:00 pm, Chan Centre
First, note the novelty of a Debussy piece that is not “Claire de Lune” (as fine a piece as that is). But my curiosity about “The Engulfed Cathedral” (‘La Cathedrale Engloutie) was piqued. It turns out to be a gothic fairy tale equal or surpassing any unexpurgated Grimm tale. This version includes a description.
Note: Valentine’s Day, as celebrated in Mexico and some other places, is not primarily a day of compulsory romance, but a celebration of friendship. So choose your own interpretation.