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Turning Point Ensemble: Colourful World

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Turning Point Ensemble Photo: Chris Randle

Turning Point Ensemble (Vancouver, Canada)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Turning Point Ensemble and SFU Woodward’s

January 29, 2012  8:00pm
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street.


The Turning Point Ensemble reflects on a century of rich and vivid soundscapes with Colourful World—a program built around the premiere of a large-scale commission for the ensemble by Vancouver-based composer Rodney Sharman. Returning to the PuSh Festival after Projections in 2007 and Dual Eclipse: Orchestras of Two Worlds in 2008, Turning Point pairs Sharman’s new work with pieces by Claude Debussy and Toru Takemitsu.

Composer Michael Bushnell has created for the ensemble a new arrangement of “Jeux”—Debussy’s enigmatic and rarely performed orchestral masterpiece that was premiered the same year as Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire,” and considered by many to be as revolutionary in its dazzling shifts of sound and unpredictable structure. Influenced by the elements of colour, light and shadow in Debussy’s music, Takemitsu’s “Archipelago S.” divides the ensemble in five different sections in an expressive musical depiction of an archipelago of islands.

>>Conductor Owen Underhill has made Vancouver’s newest new-music ensemble a marvel of empathetic precision.<<The Georgia Straight

Turning Point Ensemble is a large chamber group with a core of 18 of Vancouver’s most highly skilled instrumentalists. Known for its outstanding musicianship, the ensemble was awarded the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award in Music (2011), the largest production prize for music in Canada. Turning Point has a mandate to increase the understanding and appreciation of music composed during the past hundred years, linking seminal 20th century repertoire to contemporary works through thoughtful programming, innovative presentations and daring multidisciplinary performances.


Tickets $38 /$35 
Special $10
price for students!
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Co-Artistic Directors Jeremy Berkman, Owen Underhill

Brenda Fedoruk, Flute | David Owen, Oboe | François Houle, Clarinet | Caroline Gauthier, Bass Clarinet | Ingrid Chiang, Bassoon & Contrabassoon | Jesse Read, Bassoon | Benjamin Kinsman, Horn | Marcus Goddard, Trumpet | Jeremy Berkman, Trombone| Heidi Krutzen, Harp | Jane Hayes, Piano | Vern Grififths, Percussion | Marc Destrubé, Violin | Mary Sokol Brown, Violin | Marcus Takizawa, Viola | Ariel Barnes, Cello | David Brown, Bass | Owen Underhill, Conductor

Running Time 140min

Generously supported by Arts Partners in Creative Development and Macquarie Private Wealth Inc.