A Day of Musical Exploration with the Instrumental Society of Calgary


A Day of Musical Exploration with the Instrumental Society of Calgary Sunday, May 29, 2016
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

1:00 – 7:00 p.m. (including pauses, food and beverage) Tickets available at www.instrumentalsociety.ca or at the door on the day.

$75 Adult for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$60  ISC Subscribers for Full Day

$50  Musicians and Students with valid I.D. for Full Day

$20  Concert Only

The Art of Letting Go 1 – 3 p.m.
Workshop with Kevin Komisaruk, concert musician and member of The Music and Health Research Collaboratory (Toronto)  http://uoftmusicmahrc.ca Exploring performance practice, rhetoric, ‘flow’ and improvisation, and how these impact the spiritual, emotional and physical health of artists and listeners. With special participation by ISC musicians.

Intersect 3:30 -5 p.m.
A panel discussion with prominent members of Calgary’s musical, medical and spiritual communities exploring
Health and Wellness Through Ancient and Modern-day Practices of Music

Interplay 6 – 7 p.m.
ISC musicians perform Olivier Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time. Here is a little window into this profound work… Written with materials and priviledges granted to a prisoner by a guard, Messaien completed the Quartet for the End of Time for a unique combination of dilapidated instruments available to his prisoner friends. In 1941, shivering in the cold at the Stalag VIIIA POW camp, prisoners and guards shared sounds that weaved a story, in their odd metrical way, reaching into the depths of human pathos and emotions.  The story danced with violence, tender longing and serene hope looking forward to sacred texts where time is no more.  As they shivered and participated together in the waves of sound that frigid night, perhaps the line where enemies are separated was blurred.
Featuring Special Guest Speakers

Kevin Komisaruk is an Associate Professor in the performance area of the University of Toronto and a core faculty member with the Music and Health Research Collaboratory.  His work explores intersections between performance practice, rhetoric, flow theory, and improvisation, and how together these impact the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of artists and listeners. In practice, his research develops applications for re-purposing professional stage performance in a variety of medical contexts, especially palliative care and stroke rehabilitation, with a view towards enhancing existing therapies and developing new ones. As a concert musician, he has performed throughout Europe, the UK, and North America; his recordings on the ATMA label have received several international citations.

Janet Youngdahl is active as a soprano, academic and choral conductor. She has toured with the ensemble for medieval music Sequentia throughout Europe and North America. She appears as a soloist on many recordings on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / BMG label. In concert, she has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City, the Proms in London, and the Melbourne Festival. Recent recordings include several discs of 17th-century Italian music by Kapsberger and Castaldi for Toccata Classics, cantatas by Elizabet Jacquet de la Guerre for Centaur Records and a new recording of arias by Barbara Strozzi with beloved UK soprano Catherine Bott.  Dr. Youngdahl is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge, her work as a specialist in the chant of Hildegard von Bingen has fostered invitations to offer lectures and workshops at the University of Toronto, California State University and the American Academy in Rome.

Brian Pearson is an Anglican priest—the Rector of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Calgary. He is a published author (two works of fiction and one of autobiographical essays) and a singer/songwriter. As the evocative power of the Christian story wainsin the modern age, Pearson is curious about human spirituality, and the many and diverse ways the divine breaks through into consciousness. The arts have always served us as such a medium, reaching beneath the differences of particular religious traditions to create pathways for the life that flows through us all.

Sarah Van Peteghen is an Accredited Music Therapist based in Calgary, Alberta.  At the Alberta Children’s Hospital, she works with children aged 0-18 on goals involving everything from developmental play with infants to processing trauma through song-writing with school-aged children and teens.  She specializes in neonatal intensive care work with premature infants to increase tolerance to a hospital environment through the use of rhythm, breathand lullaby. Sarah created the first music therapy internship program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in 2013 which has just graduated its 3rd music therapy intern.  In the community she is employed by JB Music Therapy, an award-winning company who designs treatment plans for people of all ages and abilities to foster change.  There Sarah works with seniors, adults with mental health issues and developmental delays as well as preschoolers coming from trauma-based environments.  When not playing with children or running her wedding music agency RSVP Weddings, she can be found puttering in her garden or cooking with gluten and sugar.

Pandit Dabral, PhD. was born near Dehradun, India, into a family of Sanskrit scholars.  He holds a doctorate in Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit from Varanasi, India.  A disciple of H. H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas, he trained extensively with Swami Veda Bharati, travelling with him for many years teaching Meditation and Yoga Philosophy in Asia, Europe and North America. Panditji is an experienced teacher in the Himalayan Tradition who is capable of bringing the authentic teachings of the yoga masters to all types of students. People of all ages enjoy his accessibility and humor. His knowledge of Sanskrit and the yoga scriptures is vast and comprehensive yet he is able to explain complex ideas in ways that are easy to understand and apply to daily life. He brings the experiences and knowledge of the Himalayan sages to life.  He is the Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center Calgary and Shri Rama Yoga Meditation.
Hal Eagletail is from the Athabasca speaking Tsuu T’ina Nation.  Many teachers have contributed to Hal’s knowledge in traditional ways of knowing, herbology, healing, traditional arts and craftmanship and ceremonial leadership.  Hal’s late grandfather, Frank Onespot, a member of the Blackfoot Prairie Chicken Society, transferred the rights of the Eagle Whistle, Whip and Rattle to Hal.  Hal provides leadership in times of celebration, healing and spiritual growth at various events throughout Indigenous contry and is sure to leave a trail of laughs behind.  Hal is a Traditional Wellness Counsellor with the Aboriginal Health

For Tickets see Eventbrite at the bottom of this page or contact us at [email protected]

$75  Regular for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$60  ISC Subscribers for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$50  Musicians and Students with valid I.D. for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$20  Concert Only (no food and beverage

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