The silver lining of not being able to gather in person is that we can feature panelists from all over the world, and also share video performances from the VICO’s extensive concert archive. On Dec. 6, VICO composers Mark Armanini, Moshe Denburg and Farshid Samandari will be joined by:

  • Harrie Starreveld, a virtuoso shakuhachi player from the Netherlands
  • Karen Smithson, Elliot Weisgarber’s daughter and executor, who brings a wealth of knowledge about her father’s work as a composer and performer
  • Liam Hockley, a Vancouver-based clarinetist who is passionate about innovative forms of classical music, and whose repertoire includes Weisgarber’s compositions

We will also share some exciting video content, including:

  • A new performance by Harrie Starreveld of a solo shakuhachi piece by Weisgarber titled Chō-On-Zan
  • Archival video of Weisgarber’s works performed at past VICO concerts: Yamato No Haru, featuring Yun Song (erhu), Geling Jiang (ruan), and Kozue Matsumoto (koto), and Songs of a Thousand Autumns, featuring the inter-cultural orchestra with Laudate Singers (arrangements in both cases by VICO Artistic Director Mark Armanini, a former student of Weisgarber’s)

We hope that you will join us online! It’s easy – just sign up via the form on the right, and we will send you a private Zoom link to connect on Dec. 6. You do not need to have a Zoom account – just a computer or other device with a strong internet connection.

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Music of the Whole World


We are adapting our popular public educational series (normally presented in libraries across the Lower Mainland) into an online format!

On December 6 at 1:00 PM Pacific Time, an exciting group of special guests will gather on Zoom for conversation and music.

The topic: the life and work of Elliot Weisgarber (1919-2001), a pioneering composer and performer (on the clarinet and the shakuhachi) who was a foundational influence on the VICO, and on the development of intercultural music in BC and Canada more generally. Scroll down for more details below the poster image on the left!

Admission is FREE!

Sign up here to attend:

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