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Selkirk Pro Musica Presents 'The Art of Chamber Music' at Capitol Theatre

By Contributor
January 5th, 2022

After 23 months, Selkirk Pro Musica is thrilled to present “The Art of Chamber Music”,  featuring local musicians Martine denBok on violin and viola and cellist Jeff Faragher.

The pair will be joined by guests Dave Restivo, piano, and Nicola Everton, clarinet, for an evening of chamber music offering a diverse selection of duos and trios.

The rich blend of strings will be showcased with duos including works by Corelli, Gliere, Fudge and Beethoven. Audiences can look forward to an exhilarating ride with “Off Piste” by Swedish composer Svente Henryson for clarinet and cello. 

The duo will be joined by pianist Dave Restivo for the Latin grooves of Paquito D’Rivera and the ensemble will regroup in the classic piano/string trio setting with “Wayfaring Stranger” by American composer Daron Hagen, based on the American Folk tune of this name. The concert will conclude with the much loved second movement from the Dumky Trio by Antonin Dvořák.

Selkirk Pro Musica has been very fortunate to be able to tap four very high calibre musicians right here in Nelson.

Martine denBok is a classically trained, multi-instrumentalist. She holds the position of Principal Second Violin with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and as a chamber musician Martine is violinist/violist with the Crimson Trio. 

She and her partner Noel Fudge, also a musician and composer, form the duo “Freya”, the alt-folk/rock band “Vanir”, and are proud to be musicians, composers and arrangers of Nelson’s “Klezmeridian” ensemble. Aside from performing, Ms. denBok pursues her love for teaching music with a busy teaching studio in Nelson and the Slocan Valley and as a resident of New Denver.

Cellist, Jeff Faragher has been performing and creating live music experiences in the Kootenays since 2006. He is now one of the area’s most active classical musicians. Before becoming a permanent resident of the West Kootenays, he had spent over a decade studying music and touring the world and continues to tour extensively throughout North America.

In addition to performing solo, in Chamber music groups and playing with many western Canadian orchestras, Jeff is the Music and Artistic Director of the Symphony of the Kootenays.

David Restivo is one of Canada’s most respected and influential jazz artists. He is a three-time winner of the National Jazz Awards’ Pianist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who’s Who. Based primarily in Toronto since 1982, Dave has been an influential and sought-after figure in Canada’s jazz community since the late 1980s.

 In January 2019, David joined the faculty in the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program, and is now helping mentor students for a future in the music industry. 

Clarinetist Nicola Everton made the Kootenays home after a career spanning over twenty years as a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Her post-secondary music studies began with a full scholarship to Arizona State University followed by a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Nicola has been involved with the Kootenay Gallery concert series, is a founding member of Selkirk Pro-Musica in Nelson and is the coordinator for the Kootenay Chapter of the Health Arts Society, a professional concert series for seniors in care.  Currently, Nicola is a member of the Okanagan Symphony and Nelson’s Klezmeridian ensemble.

Tickets for “The Art of Chamber Music” performance are available through the Capitol Theatre  and at the Box Office from 11-3, Tuesday to Friday. 250-352-6363.

Masks are required and audience members will need to show their proof of vaccination passport.

In order to maintain social distancing, only 50% of the seats will be sold.

Photo Caption: Local musician Martine denBok on violin will perform in the upcoming Selkirk Pro Musica “The Art of Chamber Music”. — Submitted photo

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