How(e) Sound: Heather Pawsey takes “New Music in New Places” to Brittania Mines

How(e) Sound: Heather Pawsey takes “New Music in New Places” to Brittania Mines

How(e) Sound
October 7, 2007 at 2:00 pm
B.C. Museum of Mining
Britannia Beach, “Sea to Sky” Highway 99
FREE (Reservations toll-free 1-866-640-9881)

Soprano Heather Pawsey is always creating “don't want to miss” concerts in really cool spaces.  Earlier this year, she was singing at the aquarium.  A few years ago, she was singing in a Kelowna wine vat.  I have known Heather since 2003, when she invited me to a performance where she sung in Mandarin Chinese.  This Scots-Canadian lass who grew up wearing tartan, soon joined the Gung Haggis Fat Choy roster for our annual Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner fundraiser.

Pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwassa is hapa, and a Japanese Canadian descendant.  She also plays in a flute/piano duo called Tiresias with fellow hapa musician Mark McGregor.  I first met her after a concert at West Vancouver's Silk Purse.

Kathryn Cernauskas came to play at Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner earlier this year with Heather.  Kathryn plays wonderful flute, and also hand drums.

Here's the press release that Rachel just sent me:

Psst ….. Wanna hear some
truly “underground” music?

Grab your hard hat and descend into the cavernous 1912 tunnels of the
B.C. Museum of Mining

(Britannia Beach, “Sea to Sky” Highway 99) as HOW(E) SOUND excavates some

treasure. Critically acclaimed musicians
, flute;
, clarinet;

Rachel Kiyo
, piano; and
, soprano take you on
a musical adventure

through the stunning and mysterious spaces of this National Historic Site
(including the core

sheds, load-haul dump, Mining House, 235 tonnes “Super” Haul Truck, and
the awe-inspiring

1923 gravity-fed concentrator mill, with its 1,194 windows and 18,792
panes overlooking Howe

Sound) at this limited-seating, one-performance-only concert,
Sunday, October 7 at 2:00

Mining a wealth of
contemporary Canadian classical repertoire, works (including, among

Harry Freedman’s
Paul Steenhuisen’s
Patrick Cardy’s

A Resonance in
James M. Gayfer’s
Cave Pools;
Violet Archer’s
If the Stars

are Burning and
Leila Lustig’s
Wretched Highway) on the
themes of minerals and gems,

caverns and caves, dreams and aspirations, and history will be
highlighted, with a special nod to

early British Columbian heritage music dealing specifically with the
history of mining in our

province. Admission to HOW(E) SOUND is free; however, due to space
restrictions, seating is

limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a
space, please call the

reservations line at 1-604-815-4073, or toll-free at 1-866-640-9881,
beginning September 10.

Please advise if you have to cancel your seats so that others may be

As portions of this concert
will be held outdoors, please dress appropriately

for weather and underground temperatures, and wear footwear suitable for
uneven terrain.

Musicians Kathryn Cernauskas, flute; AK Coope, clarinet; Rachel Kiyo
Iwaasa, piano; and

Heather Pawsey, soprano are particularly noted for their fearless and
innovative approaches to

contemporary music. Collectively, they have premiered hundreds of new
Canadian works, many

written specifically for them, and their performance histories span North
America, Europe, Asia

and Australia.

HOW(E) SOUND is part of
the Canada Music Centre's “New Music in New Places” initiative
to take

Canadian music out of concert halls and in to alternative venues, and is
made possible through the

generous support and assistance of the B.C. Museum of Mining, Tom Lee
Music, Epcor, and the Howe

Sound Performing Arts Association.The Canadian Music Centre is an
independent, not for profit, nongovernment

agency that promotes and disseminates the music of Canadian composers.
The Canadian

Music Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the SOCAN Foundation
and the Government of

Canada through the Canada Music Fund.

More Info:
Canadian Music Centre |
| 604.734.4622


Media Contact: Kara Gibbs | | cell 604.644.6985

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