North Okanagan Community Concert Association
Diversity... and excellence
A concert series presented by the
North Okanagan Community Concert Association
61st Season, 2017-2018
NOCCA presents Charles Richard-HamelinPiano
Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman award of the best sonata at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, Charles Richard-Hamelin is standing out as one of the most important pianists of his generation. He also won the second prize at the Montréal International Musical Competition and the third prize and special award for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. In April 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Women's Musical Club of Toronto.
He has appeared in various prestigious festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, La Roque d'Anthéron in France, "Chopin and his Europe" Festival in Warsaw and the Lanaudière Festival in Canada. As a soloist, he has performed with various ensembles including the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, OFUNAM (Mexico), Korean Symphony Orchestra and I Musici de Montréal.
Originally from Lanaudière in Québec, Charles Richard-Hamelin studied with Paul Surdulescu, Sara Laimon, Boris Berman and André Laplante. He obtained a bachelor's degree in performance from McGill University in 2011 and a master's degree from the Yale School of Music in 2013 and received full scholarships in both institutions. He also completed an Artist Diploma program at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in 2016 and currently works on a regular basis with pianist Jean Saulnier.
His first solo CD, which features late works by Chopin, was released on the Analekta label in September 2015 and received widespread acclaim from critics throughout the world (Diapason, BBC Music Magazine, Le Devoir).
A second album, recorded at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City in May 2016, was released in September 2016 under the same label. The artist presents works of Chopin, Beethoven and Enescu. Over forty recitals and more than twenty-five orchestral concerts in Canada, Japan and Europe, are confirmed today.
NOCCA presents EnchorChoral Ensemble
EnChor, an auditioned SATB choir, was formed in the summer of 2007 by the late Dr. Diane Loomer to encourage "senior singers" to continue to use their talents, sharpen their brains and "keep them off the streets on Friday mornings." EnChor succeeded beyond her dreams. Within three years our reputation earned us an invitation to Podium 2010, the biennial gathering of Canada's leading choral conductors, and entrée to the renowned invitation-only international choral festival, Festival 500 Sharing the Voices 2011 in St. John's Newfoundland. EnChor was the core choir at the BC Choral Federation's Chorfest May 2014. We performed for the first time at Vancouver's Bard on the Beach in July 2014 and appear annually with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Our Artistic Director, Gerald van Wyck, is well known in the Canadian choral community for his work with singers of all ages. His innate musical talent, versatility and tireless energy are shared at Vancouver Community College, where he lectures in Music History, teaches Choral and Orchestral Conducting, and works with the Madrigal Singers, as well as at West Vancouver United Church where he has been Minister of Music for 28 years. He is also the founder of the Pacific Spirit family of choirs on the North Shore. For over 13 years Gerald was Music Director of the British Columbia Boys Choir, with whom he toured and recorded extensively. Recently he has served as Assistant Conductor to Lion's Gate Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, and for five years was conductor of the Vancouver Island Opera Association.
Some Audience Feedback
"Filled my heart to the brim. My cup is overflowing."
"A wonderful mix of music. It was over far too quickly."
" What a joyfully strong and good group of singers you have. Congratulations. People loved the sense of high energy."
"I really liked the surround sound-found it very inclusive."
"You were radiating joy-it seemed to be emanating from your pores."
"Thanks for a wonderful concert. It was a joyful, playful, peaceful and beautiful evening. Inspiring!"