With the arrival of autumn, audiences can enjoy the colourful tones of Kootenay-based musicians Martine denBok, Nicola Everton and Sue Gould, in an intimate program of chamber music, highlighting the rich repertoire for violin/viola, clarinet and piano. The three women are busy professional musicians based in New Denver, Nelson and Golden respectively, but thanks to a grant from the Kootenay Cultural Alliance, have been able to overcome distances to come together for this fall tour of the East Kootenays.
All three musicians are active chamber and orchestral musicians in B.C. and Alberta. Everton was a member of the Vancouver Symphony for over 20 years and now joins Principal Second Violinist, Martine denBok in the Okanagan Symphony. Everton is also seen regularly in the Kootenays as a member of the Symphony of the Kootenays, where she performed as the soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. denBok is a busy multi-instrumentalist and collaborator, most notably with her acclaimed duo, ‘Freya’ – a group known for their heartfelt and spell-binding instrumental compositions and sweet vocal harmonies. Gould originates from Calgary, Alberta and has been performing as a pianist since her debut with the Mount Royal College Orchestra at the age of 11. She was also a recent soloist with Symphony of the Kootenays. Outside of their busy performance schedule, music education is a passion for the trio. Martine has a busy teaching studio in Nelson and New Denver and is on faculty at the Valhalla Summer Music School. Sue directs the Young Voices Children’s Choir and the Purcell Mountain Orchestra in Golden while Nicola enjoys teaching privately, both adults and youth and in the summers at the Valhalla Summer Music School and Orchestra North in Smithers, B.C.
Enjoying a unique versatility and passion for different musical genres, the trio is able to perform an extremely varied program that includes works for both violin and its larger cousin the viola, such as the playful French trio by Milhaud and the classic Kegelstatt Trio by Mozart as well as folksy Klezmer clarinet and soulful contemporary Spiegel Im Spiegel (Mirror in Mirror) by minimalist composer Arvo Pärt.
The Autumn Tones concert takes place Thursday, September 28th at 7:30 p.m., with Martine denBok, violin/viola, Nicola Everton, clarinet and Sue Gould, piano, at Christ Church Trinity, 110 7th Ave, Invermere. Admission by donation at door