The Bulkley Valley Concert Association is presenting the opening performance of their 2014/2015 concert season on Oct. 6 at the Della Herman Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
Canadian folk hero, Valdy and the blue-haired priestess of the bassoon, Nadina Mackie Jackson, are weaving their musical paths into a tapestry of musical styles, ranging from folk to baroque and coloured by a friendship that reaches across the stage and genres. Joined by jazz pianist Karel Roessingh, mixing the Valdy songbook, jazz and classical works including Vivaldi, their concerts delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.
Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.
Canada’s most visible bassoonist, Nadina Mackie Jackson, records and performs worldwide on both modern and historical bassoons and has released 11 solo recordings and over 100 chamber music and orchestral recordings.
Recent releases include Vivaldi Volume 1 with Nicholas McGegan and the Canadian Concerto Project with Guy Few and Group of 27.
Nadina’s 2012 touring schedule took her from California to Whitehorse, from the Maritimes, Quebec, and all Western provinces in recital and as a concerto soloist. Nadina teaches at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
The BV Concert Association’s 2014/15 season continues with three more productions:
Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg’s Highgate
Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 1, 4:00 p.m. matinee
Ballet Jorgen’s Cinderella