As The Valley Concert Society grieves the loss of its long-time board member Rudy
Baerg, it is set to open its latest season with a most fitting program—John Dowland’s
great Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares.
Les Voix humaines along with famed British lutenist Nigel North will bring this lyrical
reflection on grief to the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Wednesday, October 30, at
Seven movements, each inspired by a common opening theme, examine different
manifestations of sadness and the dark night of the soul. But just as life is not one long
sorrowful ordeal, these mournful episodes are interspersed with joyful dances from the
Nigel North, musical scholar and performer, adds his lute to the viola da gamba ensemble
Les Voix humaines. John Dowland, an Englishman who left his home country and took
his services to the Danish court, was recognized as the greatest lutenist of his day.
Adding an intriguing contrast to this program of early music is a new work commissioned
by Early Music Vancouver for this program. The second half of the concert will open
with Stacey Brown’s new composition for old instruments.
The Liz Carter Talk which takes place in the foyer at 6:50 p.m. will feature a
conversation with gambist Susie Napper and lutenist Nigel North.
If you are still waiting to purchase your subscription to the season series, let me
encourage you to do so ahead of time to avoid what can sometimes become a long lineup
on opening day. You may purchase subscriptions or single concert tickets online at
www.valleyconcertsociety.com or over the phone at 604-289-3377.
Subscriptions are an amazing deal at $120 for six evenings of outstanding music, $110
for seniors or $35 for students. A ticket for a single concert is $28 for adults or $15 for
I look forward to seeing you as we launch another season of great music.
Valley Concert Society