New Season Set to Open
Another season of inspiring music for The Valley Concert Society will begin at the end
of the month with the visit of Les Voix humaines on Wednesday, October 30, in the
Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.
Renowned British lutenist Nigel North will join this outstanding Canadian consort of
viols to play John Dowland’s greatest work Lachrimae. Composed over 500 years ago,
this is some of the earliest music you have ever heard performed in Abbotsford.
Dowland, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, was the foremost lutenist of his day.
He played and composed for European royalty. His Lachrimae, Tears, is a melancholy
introspection on the dark night of the soul. The Seaven Teares consist of seven pavans, an
early dance form, each titled to reflect on a different aspect of sadness. These pieces are
interspersed with galiards and allemands, other early dances. Several lute solos by North
complete this retrospective of Dowland’s Lachrimae.
In a dramatic contrast, the second half will open with a brand new work for ancient
instruments. Early Music Vancouver has commissioned Stacey Brown, originally from
Kamloops but now based in Montreal, to compose a contemporary work for this program.
Brown has an impressive resume of compositions which have earned her a number of
If you have not yet renewed your subscription for the coming season, now is the time to
ensure that you have six evenings of outstanding music to brighten the darkness of a
Fraser Valley winter. The concert that follows this season opener is a visit from Casa
Diva featuring Abbotsford’s own Megan Latham performing Christmas music on
You cannot beat the value that a subscription offers you: six world-class performances
for $120, or for $110 if you are a senior. Students can attend for a bargain basement price
of $35. Subscription sales have been ahead of last year’s pace to this point, so be sure to
take care of yours on time. More information is available on the society’s website
www.valleyconcertsociety.com , and subscriptions may be bought there.
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. There is a pre-concert talk in the foyer at 6:50 p.m.
I look forward to seeing you on October 30.
The Valley Concert Society