Music 2017-09-18T14:08:56+00:00

Music At Wentworth Villa 2017 – 2018

Welcome to our second full season of Music At Wentworth Villa. We are excited to present five diverse and engaging programs featuring top international performers. We also feature a renowned Japanese mask dancer this season! Please refer to the concert dates below for the full program listings and detailed biographical notes about each performer, as well as links to sound and video clips. We hope you will join us for the entire series and we are pleased to offer five tickets for the price of four to our subscribers. Tickets are $40 per concert and $25 for students.

All performances (other than the evening recital on Thursday, May 10th) begin at 2.30 pm in our intimate and beautifully renovated recital room at Wentworth Villa, 1156 Fort Street, Victoria BC. During intermission, we will serve complimentary tea and coffee, and audience members will have the opportunity to explore the ground floor of Wentworth Villa and peruse the exhibits and architectural models on display.

Each recital program comprises approximately one hour of music introduced by the artists and ending with a short Q & A session. Where applicable, CDs will also be available for purchase and signing. We aim to create an intimate and informative series, where audience members really connect with the music and feel a part of the performance. Our recital space has comfortable seating for 75-85 people, so do not delay in purchasing tickets if you wish to attend. Wheelchair access is available. Tickets are available online below, by telephone, or in person.

We look forward to seeing you at Wentworth Villa soon,
Sarah Fryer, Artistic Director.

Jane Coop – Piano works by Beethoven and Rachmaninov
– Sunday, September 17th, 2017, 2.30 pm

Our first concert of the season is an exciting performance of piano music by Beethoven and Rachmaninov given by internationally renowned pianist Jane Coop, who is at the start of a cross-Canada recital tour. We are thrilled that she has chosen Wentworth Villa for the first recital of her tour! The program includes Beethoven’s much-loved “Moonlight” Sonata Op 27 no.2.

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Andrei Burdeti – Classical Guitar: Music from the South
– Sunday, November 19th, 2017, 2.30 pm 

Acclaimed young classical guitarist Andrei Burdeti will offer a varied program including beautiful works by Villa-Lobos, Albéniz and Dyens. We are especially excited to hear this wonderful instrument in the intimate recital room acoustic at Wentworth Villa, which promises to be a perfect match.

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Benjamin Butterfield – Tenor, Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata, piano: Masterworks for Voice and Piano
– Sunday, January 7th, 2018, 2.30 pm

Renowned Canadian tenor Benjamin Butterfield will perform with pianists Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata, who received the Order of Canada for their longtime work running the concert series The Aldeburgh Connection in Toronto. Benjamin Butterfield is particularly acclaimed for his interpretations of the Lieder and English Song repertoire. This recital will include Schumann’s Leiderkreis Op.24 as well as two evocative works for voice and piano by English composers Benjamin Britten and Gerald Finzi. Pianists Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata will also play Schubert’s wonderful Rondo in A, D.951 for four hands.

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Joan Blackman, violin, Jane Hayes, piano – From Mozart to Gershwin
– Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2.30 pm

We welcome two esteemed Canadian artists well known to audiences here on the West Coast and far beyond: violinist Joan Blackman and pianist Jane Hayes who will offer a varied program entitled From Mozart to Gershwin. Do not miss this exciting duo!

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Sara Davis Buechner – Japanese Piano Music and Ibert’s Histoires, with guest artist Yayoi Hirano (Japanese mask dancer)
– Thursday, May 10th, 2018, 7.30 pm

Our season ends with an exciting return visit by internationally renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner, who gave the inaugural recital at Wentworth Villa in May 2016. Now based at Temple University, Philadelphia, Ms Buechner is returning to the West Coast to play in Portland, Oregon, and we have been able to persuade her to include Wentworth Villa in her busy itinerary. She will perform an acclaimed program she gave at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York in June 2017. The program comprises Japanese Piano Music and French composer Jacques Ibert’s Histoires, choreographed and danced with Japanese masks by Yayoi Hirano.

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