Quadra Cultural Committee kicks off its twenty-third season at the Quadra Island Community Centre on Saturday, September 26th at 8 PM with music and theatrics by B.C. violinist Calvin Dyck and accompanist Betty Suderman. Their performance of “The Golden Violin” is a journey through time and place, tracing the imagined history of Calvin Dyck’s beautiful violin from Amsterdam 1807 to present-day Canada. Along the way, Calvin performs a variety of classical and popular pieces, each representative of a particular era and location. Ranging from traditional Mozart and Brahms to more modern works of Copland and Gershwin, the music is highlighted by a series of costume and set changes with imaginative lighting and electronic backdrops. “The Golden Violin” is a multi-dimensional show with a fascinating story and beautiful music and comes highly recommended as a program of interest for the entire family.
Studying music since the age of 5, Calvin Dyck began his training on the accordion, changing to the violin at age 8. He completed his A.R.C.T. in 1981 and went on to study at Biola University and the University of Southern California, receiving his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Violin Performance in 1991. On the Music faculty at Trinity Western University for the past 13 years, Calvin also teaches privately and at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. With four recordings to his name, Calvin has traveled around the world playing with various musical ensembles, and currently is director of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra. He is also Concertmaster for the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo.
Betty Suderman, (piano) has performed with many different musical groups both in Canada and around the world. Working as an accompanist for various choral groups enabled Betty to participate in European vocal competitions, where she accompanied such singers as Edith Wiens, Ben Heppner and Colin Balzer. She has recorded with Vancouver Cantata Singers, The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir, and West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir.
“The Golden Violin,” is a compelling story comprised of an eloquent script and expressive music. Calvin’s showmanship and musical talent will transport you around the world, including a Parisian drawing room at the turn of the last century, a blazing firepit in a gypsy encampment, and New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall. “The Golden Violin has serious music and moving stories, along with comedy, humour, audience interaction and lots of hats.”, wrote Rosemary Phillips in the Communicator, Grand Forks. "…Suderman and Dyck played as one and evoked compelling impressions of the feelings and temper of the times,” wrote Ed Janzen, of The Times, Abbotsford.
Tickets for “The Golden Violin” are available at the usual outlets: Hummingbird Art and Office Supply in the Cove; Quadra Crafts in Heriot Bay; and the Music Plant in Campbell River. Advance tickets are $17 for adults. Students under 16 listen for free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $20 at the door. For further information, call 285-2580. www.calvindyck.com