2018 Festival at a Glance:

Spirit of the North in Houston

Monday August 13, 2018

7:30pm: Academy Ensemble: Houston Debut

Thursday August 16, 2018

7:30pm: Sarapanta film screening – Experience the awe of the Northern Lights with this short documentary film.
8:30pm: 1000cuts – Local improv band performs with cello.
All Houston shows take place at the Pleasant Valley Plaza.

Wednesday August 15, 2018 – Smithers Festival Begins

7:00pm: Festival Opening Concert – Great classical music: 6 artists-in-residence share the stage.
8:30pm: The Piano in Recital with Dr. Jelena Vladikovic – Renowned pianist shares celebrated music from her past to the present.
9:30pm: Late-Night Cellists – Close the night by pairing fabulous cellos with fantastic local brews.

Thursday August 16, 2018

10:30am: Music and Songs for Children – A workshop of musical activity and songs for parents and young children.
12:15pm: The Goldberg Variations – Take in a midday show with this masterpiece of Bach, featuring Vancouver’s Les Dala on piano.
2:00pm: Workshop for Music Teachers – A professional development session with Dr. Jelena Vladikovic.
2:30pm & 3:30pm: CICK Loungecar Sessions – Update: this event has been cancelled.
8:30pm: Musica Antiga Baroque Orchestra – Come for the invigorating sounds of music from earlier times, featuring Bach, Telemann and more.
9:30pm: The Cello in Sonata – Great masterpieces for cello and piano from the 19th and 20th centuries, proudly presented by Leslie Dala and Nicholas Denton-Protsack.

Friday August 17, 2018

12:01pm: Festival Fanfare – Kicking off immediately after Smithers’ emblematic noon-time siren, catch the fanfare of trumpets echoing down Main Street.
12:15pm: Classics on Main, Pro Edition – Imagine a rotating tour of simultaneously performing musicians, all on Smithers’ Main Street!
1:15pm: Family Folk Dance at Bovill Square – Enjoy Smithers-style dancing and family fun with dance callers Ruth Lloyd and Anne Glover.
2:30pm: Ballroom Dance Workshop with Sharon Carrington – Improve your rhythm and coordination while having fun improving your waltz!
2:30pm: Conducting Workshop with Les Dala – Always wanted to conduct? Now’s your chance!
2:30pm: Fiddling and Arranging Workshop with Roxi Dykstra
2:30pm: Piano Master Class with Dr. Jelena Vladikovic – Need inspiration to practice over the summer, or a kickstart for your lessons in the fall?
2:30pm: Anne Glover and Her Shoelace – Bilingual storyteller Anne Glover is coming to town, armed with a host of string figures and hilarious stories.
6:00pm: Sarapanta film screening – Experience the awe of the Northern Lights with this short documentary film.
6:30pm: Boys of the Bush: The Parting Glass – Back for possibly the last time, Smithers’ a cappella men’s quartet shares the greatest hits of their long-standing ensemble.
7:30pm: Academy Ensemble on Bovill Stage – The irresistible combination of youthful flair and musical excellence, outdoors!
8:30pm: Pedro Meireles, Violin Showpieces – This concert will bring you the very best of virtuoso violin playing with international soloist Pedro Meireles.
9:30pm: Jazz Lounge with the Gordon Urban Jazz Quartet – By popular request, this all-star jazz combo of Bulkley Valleyonians returns to the festival.

Saturday August 18, 2018

9:30am: Kesia Nagata at the Farmer’s Market Stage – Come hear northern talent with Kispiox Valley’s own singer-songwriter.
9:30am: Drop-in Art Workshop for Kids – Ongoing until noon.
11:15am: Fiddlers in the Museum – Local talent puts a new spin on history with a few sets of fiddling in our very own Smithers Museum.
11:15am: ONSP at the Market – Take in the sounds of strings and the art of chamber music.
12:30pm-3:30pm: Recitals in Central Park

6:00pm: ONSP Soloists Concert – Hear talented performers on a variety of instruments as they allow us a glimpse into their individual musical journeys.
7:00pm: Artists-in-Residence Festival Concert – 12 star musicians, 5 days of close collaboration: prepare to be amazed.
8:00pm: Symphonic Festival Finale – Featuring piano soloist Andrea Pedro with the ONSP Symphony, conducted by Les Dala. Come experience a full orchestral concert brought right here to you in Smithers!
Please note: this schedule is subject to change; please refer to this page for any future updates.
ONSP = Orchestra North Summer Program

2018 Festival In Detail:

Monday August 13, 2018

Houston Festival Preview

7:30pm, Pleasant Valley Theatre
Featuring: Orchestra North Academy 2018 Musicians.

Get into the festival spirit a few days early with music by the Orchestra North Academy players! Doors (and bar!) open at 7:00.
This concert is sponsored by the Bulkley Valley Credit Union and brought to you by the Pleasant Valley Plaza.

Wednesday August 15, 2018

Festival Opening Concert

7:00pm, Bethel Church
Featuring: Les Dala, piano; Pedro Meireles, violin; Roxi Dykstra, viola; Flora Camuzet, cello; Sebastian Ostertag, cello; and Tawnya Popoff, viola.

Expect big, classical sound and the enthusiasm of 6 artists with international careers performing together for the first time. The concert features Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso and the incredible 2nd piano quintet of Dvorak.

The Piano in Recital with Dr. Jelena Vladikovic

8:30pm, Bethel Church
Featuring: Jelena Vladikovic, piano.

A recital celebrating the 50th anniversary of pianist Jelena Vladikovic’s professional performance career as she revisits significant works. Celebrating Past, Inspiring Future: 1968 – 2018.

Late-Night Cellists

9:30pm, Bulkley Valley Brewery
Featuring: Sebastian Ostertag, Nicholas Denton-Protsack, Flora Camuzet, cellos.

What’s better than closing the first day of a festival than the sweet sounds of the cello paired with smooth local brews? Take your appetite for food, drink, and the cello to this new showcase event.

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Thursday August 16, 2018

Music and songs for children

10:30-11:15am, Smithers Public Library
Featuring: Roxi Dykstra & Kent Dykstra.

This workshop engages young children in musical activities and songs for young children. Brother-sister duo Roxi and Kent Dykstra will inspire your child to sing and participate in this fun but learning musical opportunity. But this is not only for the children: any music teachers or parents who might be interested are welcome to come and learn new ideas as well. Recommended for ages 3 to 8, and for music teachers and parents. No sign-up required!

The Goldberg Variations

12:15pm, Bethel Church
Featuring: Les Dala, piano.

The only thing that could be better than enjoying the music of Bach is experiencing this great music live. The Goldberg Variations, one of J.S. Bach’s most celebrated works, will offer you a lunch break concert like you’ll never experience ever again.

Workshop for Music Teachers

2:00pm, Bethel Church
Featuring: Dr. Jelena Vladikovic

Expand your teaching ideas with Dr. Jelena Vladikovic and her 40 years of teaching experience. Focused mainly on piano, but some general principles are applicable to all musicians. Topics will include pianist injuries and strategies of preventing them, and providing tools for superior tone production and musical expression. This workshop will begin with a presentation, then spend time in discussion and responding to specific questions that teachers have. For signups, please contact Sharon Carrington at scmusic@telus.net.

Sarapanta

7:30pm, Pleasant Valley Theatre in Houston
Featuring: Cristiano Saturno.

In his documentary Sarapanta, Cristiano Saturno explores the beauty of the celestial ballet in which the solar wind swirls in high altitudes and northerners are marveled with their sky. Sarapanta suggests the need for contemplation and offers an invitation to escape from the pandemonium of confused information of this touchscreen era. (Runtime: 28 minutes.) Doors and bar open at 7pm.

1000cuts

8:30-10:00pm, Pleasant Valley Theatre in Houston
Featuring: 1000cuts and special cello guest.

Doors and bar open at 8pm.

Musica Antiga baroque orchestra

8:30-9:20pm, Bethel Church
Featuring: Karen Price, recorder; Jeanette Lough, recorder; Kiri Daust, violin; Simone Hug, violin; Sharon Carrington, harpsichord; Roxi Dykstra, violin and keyboard; and friends.

A full-fledged Baroque consort! Come for the invigorating sounds of music from earlier times: Bach, Purcell, Telemann and more.

The Cello in Sonata

9:30pm, Bethel Church
Featuring: Nicholas Denton-Protsack, cello; Leslie Dala, piano.

Nick Denton-Protsack shares solo and collaborative works for cello, matching masterpieces of the past with new compositions of his own. Performed with Leslie Dala on piano.

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Friday August 17, 2018

Festival Fanfare

12:01pm, Main Street
Featuring: Jon Bjorgan, Aeidan Bjorgan, Adam Snow, trumpets.

Kicking off immediately after Smithers’ emblematic noon-time siren, catch the fanfare of trumpets echoing down Main Street. This event hearkens back to the historic usage of fanfares to gather people together and announce important events.

Classics on Main, Pro Edition

12:15pm, Smithers’ Main Street
Featuring: Artists-in-residence of the Orchestra North Summer Program

The Spirit of the North Festival carries on this popular Smithers tradition. This year brings professional musicians in singles and pairs for circulating performances. Come spend your lunchtime with us and hear musicians perform in various locations around Main Street. Grab lunch, coffee or ice cream, or just hang out at the library between 12:15 and 1:15 to enjoy all the great music.
The Smithers Public Library will be our francophone celebration this year, in collaboration with the AFFNO festival in Smithers. Browse francophone books and enjoy special francophone programming by our artists.
Classics on Main locations include Bugwood Bean, Mountain Eagle Books, Schimmel’s Bakery, Bovill Stage, Louise’s Kitchen and the Smithers Public Library. This event is sponsored by the Smithers Chamber of Commerce.

Family Folk Dance at Bovill Square

1:15pm, Smithers’ Main Street
Featuring: Ruth Lloyd, British Isles dance caller; Anne Glover, Quebecois dance caller; live folk band.

Love music, love movement, and love laughter? This event is for you! With experienced dance callers Ruth Lloyd and Anne Glover, and a live fiddle band, we invite everyone to join us for this classic Smithers tradition. Participants of the Orchestra North Summer Program will be there, so enthusiasm levels are expected to be high! To celebrate the AFFNO francophone festival in Smithers, we will learn dances from both French and English Canada. A family-friendly event. Be prepared to move, play with the band, or at very least, clap your hands. No prior experience required.

Public Workshops

2:30pm (all sessions happen concurrently), Coast Mountain College (formerly NWCC), Central Park Building Dance Studio, Bethel Church
Featuring: Sharon Carrington, Les Dala, Dr. Jelena Vladikovic, Roxi Dykstra and more.

The public is welcome to join professional musicians for a selection of workshops. Some workshops have limited space – pre-registration is highly recommended! Drop-ins will be accepted only if space allows. Please register by sending an email to info@festivalnorth.com with your name, age if under 19, and workshop of choice. $10 recommended donation for workshops; festival passes get in free.
Here are the choices:
Ballroom Dance Workshop with Sharon Carrington: Improve your rhythm and coordination while having fun learning the waltz! Location: Central Park Building Dance Studio.
Conducting workshop with Les Dala: Always wanted to conduct? Now’s your chance! Learn with a pro! Location: Coast Mountain College.
Fiddling and Arranging Workshop with Roxi Dykstra: Location: Coast Mountain College.
Piano masterclass with Dr. Jelena Vladikovic: Need inspiration to practice over the summer, or a kickstart for your lessons in the fall? Sign up for a piano masterclass with Dr. Jelena Vladikovic, internationally acclaimed pianist visiting us from Phoenix. All levels of playing welcome, including teachers. For signups, please contact Sharon Carrington at scmusic@telus.net. Location: Bethel Church.

Anne Glover and her Shoelace

2:30pm, Smithers Public Library
Featuring: Anne Glover, storyteller.

From Tokyo to Tofino and Buenos Aires to Bucharest, award-winning Anne Glover wows audiences with her engrossing, comical stories. Mind-bending string figures magically appear out of a loop of string: turtle, a snake, a bird, a rocket… is there anything she can’t make? You’ve never heard a story told like this, and a simple shoelace will never look the same! Don’t miss her! Suitable for all ages; come ready to laugh. Anne performs fluently in English and French, and the show is suitable for English-speaking audiences.
This show sponsored by AFFNO, and brought to us by the Smithers Public Library.

Sarapanta

6:00pm, The Old Church, 3704 1st Ave, Smithers
Featuring: Cristiano Saturno.

In his documentary Sarapanta, Cristiano Saturno explores the beauty of the celestial ballet in which the solar wind swirls in high altitudes and northerners are marveled with their sky. Sarapanta suggests the need for contemplation and offers an invitation to escape from the pandemonium of confused information of this touchscreen era. (Runtime: 28 minutes.)
This presentation is sponsored by the Bulkley Valley Museum.

Boys of the Bush: the Parting Glass

6:30pm, Bovill Square
Featuring: Boys of the Bush: Allen Banner, Bill Borrett, Will Mackenzie and Alex Woods.

Smithers’ own A Cappella Men’s Quartet shares tunes ranging from classical to be-pop in what might be their final time on stage. Our boys take to the stage with their characteristic good-humor and impressive arrangements. Not to be missed!

Academy Ensemble on Bovill Stage

7:30pm, Bovill Stage
Featuring: Orchestra North Academy 2018 Musicians.

Fantastic classical music, outdoors? This is a rare treat. Set up your lawnchairs or picnic blankets and enjoy this real outdoors classical experience in the heart of Smithers’ downtown with its glorious mountain backdrop. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear young professionals from all around BC perform masterworks of chamber music! The ONSP Academy is comprised of select promising young musicians, who collaborate with and are mentored by Orchestra North faculty members throughout the academy week as they learn, perform, and teach together. Audiences should expect not only fine playing and great repertoire, but also the enthusiasm of youth and the joy of musical collaboration through chamber music. Repertoire to include the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio, and double cello quintet. This concert marks the kick-off for the northern BC tour of the Academy Ensemble the following week.
This concert made possible by the Smithers Chamber of Commerce and the BC Arts Council.

Pedro Meireles, Violin Showpieces

8:30pm, Bethel Church
Featuring: Pedro Meireles, violin.

Violin playing at its finest: hear a classic solo violin show recital by international soloist Pedro Meireles. This concert includes a number of short show works by De Falla, Sarasate, Kreisler, Ravel, and Paganini, as well as the famous Handel-Halvorsohn duo with viola and Kodaly’s amazing violin-cello duo. Expect to hear the wide ranging colours and possibilities of this amazing instrument; the combination of stunning beauty and brilliant virtuosity promises an unforgettable concert experience!

Jazz Lounge with the Gordon Urban Jazz Quartet

9:30pm, Bulkley Valley Brewery
Featuring: Gordon Urban, bass; Mike Doogan-Smith, piano; and friends.

Who says classical musicians only play classical? Some of the finest jazz players in the Bulkley Valley collaborate for some sets of classic jazz for this post-classical unwind. Expect favourite standards, mature ensemble playing, amazing improvisations, and good wine. A perfect pairing of merlot and musicianship.

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Saturday August 18, 2018

Kesia Nagata at the Farmer’s Market Stage

9:30-11:00am, CICK Farmer’s Market stage
Featuring: Kesia Nagata, singer-songwriter. 

Come hear northern talent with Kispiox Valley’s own singer-songwriter. This show features songs from her debut album, Looking For Horses, and spans an intimate decade of solo songwriting. Concocted of stripped down acoustic arrangements and raw, honest lyricism, Looking For Horses teases apart what it means to be human and examines the connection between soul and earth. This solo singer-songwriter performance weaves voice and guitar without pretension, with a sincere desire to exalt and expose, and to leave the listener with something more than they started with.
This concert is sponsored by the Kyah Wiget Education Society.

Drop-in Art Workshop for Kids

9:30am-12:00pm, Smithers Art Gallery
The Smithers Art Gallery is offering a free children’s workshop, inviting people in to create art in our own gallery. Bring your artistic side, or drop off your child so theirs can be inspired. Drop-in. Recommended for ages 3 to 15. Sponsored by the Smithers Art Gallery.

Fiddlers in the Museum

11:15am-12:00pm, Bulkley Valley Museum
Featuring: Kiri Daust and friends. 

Taste a bit of our heritage through music. Kiri Daust and friends put a new spin on history with a few sets of fiddling in our very own Smithers Museum.

ONSP at the Market

11:15am-12:30pm, CICK Farmer’s Market Stage
Featuring: Orchestra North Summer Program Musicians (11:15am: ONSP Junior Symphony Orchestra; 11:45am: ONSP Chamber Music Showcase).

Grab lunch, coffee, or ice cream, or just hang out at the market to enjoy the collaborative work and enthusiasm of musicians of all ages and levels. Especially geared towards younger children or those with a soft spot for fun tunes, cute kids, and earnest musicianship!
This concert is sponsored by Alpine Physiotherapy.

A Viola Love Affair

12:30-1:15pm, Central Park Building Art Gallery
Featuring: Roxi Dykstra, Tawnya Popoff, Judith Souman, Pedro Meireles, violas.

Details to follow, but plan to be there if you’re a viola fan!

Mark Tworow x Roxi Dykstra

1:30-2:15pm, Central Park Building Dance Studio
Featuring: Mark Tworow, visual artist; Roxi Dykstra, viola.

Two artists, two art forms. Transcription can be understood two ways: the writing down of sound, or the transference music from one form to another. Co-transcription could be understood as a reciprocal transcribing of the other’s ideas. This show explores both, through an experimental way of understanding transcription. What if music is written down by an artist, in line, colour and texture? What if musician in turn transcribes the artwork that ensues? Exploring the relationships and common points between such different forms of meda, this show will last as long as it needs to (max 60 minutes) to seek to create both an art piece and a musical piece that are in a way co-transcriptions of the other.

Cello Extravaganza

2:30-3:15pm, Central Park Building Art Gallery
Featuring: Sebastian Ostertag, Nicholas Denton-Protsack, Flora Camuzet, cellos.

A recital of works for cello ensemble.
This concert is sponsored by Wolfgang Loschberger.

ONSP SOLOISTS CONCERT

6:00pm, Smithers Christian Reformed Church
Featuring: Musicians from the Orchestra North Summer Program.

Expect a joyful and encouraging celebration of sharing, talent, and hard work. Each summer, the Orchestra North Summer Program invites musicians from all across the north to gather in Smithers. Players come from the north and beyond: Dawson Creek, Whitehorse, Kelowna, and everywhere in between. What they have in common is an appreciation for collaboration, and for bringing and sharing their best. This concert will showcase solo performances of participants on any instrument. And there’s an element of suspense: one selected performer from this concert will be invited to play as a soloist with the ONSP Symphony in 2019. Come and watch northern musicians of many ages perform some of the most exciting solo repertoire out there!

Artists-in-Residence Festival Concert

7:00pm, Smithers Christian Reformed Church
Featuring: Festival 2018 Artists-in-Residence and Orchestra North Academy Musicians who play string instruments.

What happens when stellar string players work together for a week of residency? This year will bring Russian Masterworks for strings by Shostakovitch and Glazinov, and the famous Mendelssohn String Quartet, no. 6 opus 80.

Symphonic Festival Finale

8:00pm, Smithers Christian Reformed Church
Featuring: Orchestra North Summer Program participants & faculty; Les Dala, conductor; Andrea Pedro, piano soloist.

A concert of symphonic masterpieces… by northerners, for northerners! A concert of this scope in Smithers is not to be missed. During the Orchestra North Summer Program, musicians gather from all across the north, forming a symphony orchestra who work with professional faculty and conductors to create an impressive symphonic concert. Previous music director of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, conductor Leslie Dala will be returning to Smithers to take up the baton to present this year’s symphonic features, including the youthful and virtuosic flair of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Andrea Pedro. These classical greats will be balanced out with performers of all ages playing peppy string orchestra music, samples of wind, brass and percussion, and fun arrangements of movie scores and popular music.
This concert is sponsored by the Bulkley Valley Credit Union.

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Interested in sponsoring a concert or event? Please contact us at info@festivalnorth.com or 778.210.2101.

This festival is made possible by you, our community! We are currently accepting sponsorships.
Sponsorship levels are: Mainstage Tier ($1000), Concert Tier ($500), Event Tier ($350), Recital Tier ($250), and Junior Tier ($150).