The Kootenay Gallery Concert to host Fish on Five

The Kootenay Gallery TD Trust Concert Series presents Fish on Five Brass Quintet on Sunday October 4.

  • Thu Sep 24th, 2015 6:00am
  • Life

The Kootenay Gallery TD Trust Concert Series presents Fish on Five Brass Quintet on Sunday October 4.

As the fall weather returns, so begins the concert season and audience members can look forward to an exciting series of musical offerings as presented by the Kootenay Gallery TD Trust Sunday Concert Series.

With no less than three musicians holding principal string positions in three of Canada’s major orchestras, the caliber of performance is unprecedented here in the Kootenays.

“We are so fortunate to have violin superstars Jonathan Crow, Concert Master of the Toronto Symphony and Andrew Wan, Concert Master of the Montreal Symphony teaming up for a West Kootenay tour April 17,” says Artistic director Nicola Everton. Principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Ariel Barnes will join harpist Heidi Krutzen with the Couloir Duo February 21.

Supporting our vibrant local musical scene, the series will be rounded out by local performers Noemi Kiss, soprano and Nicola Everton, clarinet joined by Golden pianist Sue Gould November 29. Nelson’s Cultural Ambassador Bessie Wapp will create a solo performance of spoken word and song March 13.

The season kicks off on Sunday, October 4, 1:30 p.m. Trail United Church with the Fish on Five Brass Quintet, hailing from the Okanagan with members of the Okanagan and Kamloops Symphony Orchestras.  The quintet presents an eclectic mix of music, including sounds from the renaissance, opera, ragtime, jazz, and pop.

Founded in 2009, five brass-playing friends were anchored in a remote cove west of Bella Bella on the central coast of B.C.  A day of fishing was over and it was time to relax.

In the glow of the setting sun, the musicians assembled on deck and the music began with the sonorous sounds of brass.

The beautiful harmonies were tossed around the cove by an echo that equalled those heard in the cathedrals of Vienna.  That setting and experience was the true birthplace of ‘Fish on Five’.

Later, in a performance for the elders in Bella Bella at the community centre in Klemtu, the quintet was given the Heiltsuk First Nation’s Name, ‘Ski Ouk Meeya’ which means ‘Five Fishes’.

Often asked about the quintet’s name, the explanation is simple, as the members yell “Fish on” while catching a fish. ‘Fish on Five’ was a natural evolution.

The concert starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Trail United Church. Tickets $15 or $12 for gallery members and are available at the door. For more info contact: Kootenay Gallery 250 365-3337 or at www.kootenaygallery.com.