A special treat for Mother’s Day

Sonic splendor to be served up in concert by harp/cello duo

Couloir Duo

Couloir Duo

On Mother’s Day May the Kootenay Gallery presents the Couloir Duo as part of its TD Bank Sunday Concert series.

In conversations with audience members, the Couloir Duo regularly hear that cello and/or harp are people’s favourite instruments…yet remarkably, there is very little written for this gorgeous combination.

In response, Couloir has embarked on a journey to create a new repertoire for cello and harp, by commissioning new works and arrangements that allow them to explore the colour, timbre, and depth of the sound of their two instruments together.

The result is several wonderful new pieces to be performed on tour in the Kootenays; “Three Meditations on Light” by Canadian composer Jocelyn Morlock, a profoundly spiritual work, effervescent and glowing, “Drifting Seeds” by American Baljinder Sekhon, a rhythmically exciting work that explores the social and cultural connections between individuals and societies, and “A Monk, Dancing” by Canadian Glenn Buhr, which includes chant and music from other cultures following the story of a monk constantly flipping faiths as he finds his way.

Couloir will also perform their transcription of Debussy’s masterpiece, Sonata originally for cello and piano.

Praised for “…his luscious tone and technical prowess…” (Vancouver Sun), Ariel Barnes is one of Canada’s acclaimed cellists. His solo and chamber music recordings have been received with critical acclaim, having been nominated for a Juno Award and two Western Canadian Music Awards.

Heidi Krutzen has emerged as a leading musician in Canada. She is celebrated for her solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances, for her collaborations with composers, and for her excellence as a teacher.

This concert will take place at the Castlegar United Church on Merry Creek Road 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $12 General Admission, $10 Kootenay Gallery Members. Information: 250 365-3337 or www.kootenaygallery.com” www.kootenaygallery.com