Warming by the Fire @ Blueridge Chamber Fest // Annex

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Orpheum Annex

823 Seymour St

Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4


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The Blueridge Festival returns to live concerts with four centuries of chamber music masterworks—all composed by women!

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Chamber music is the music of friends, so to celebrate our return to live performance we’re asking for a little help from our best friends—the audience! This concert combines new works by two of Canada’s most unique creative minds: Vancouver composer Jennifer Butler and Toronto-based Cree composer Cris Derksen. Each new piece invites attendees to participate in the performance with optional atmospheric sounds and gestures. Rounding out the program are works by the visionary American composer Pauline Oliveros, whose experiments with “sonic awareness” and “deep listening” led the way in breaking down hierarchical barriers between performers and audience. Presented in partnership with the Polygon Gallery.

**This program is also performed at the Polygon Gallery on Sunday, August 15 at 3pm**


Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016): The Greeting

Jennifer Butler (b. 1976): After Rain*

Pauline Oliveros: Sonic Meditations

Cris Derksen (b. 1990): Awasowin ᐊᐊᐧᓱᐃᐧᐣ - Warming by the Fire*

*Commissioned by the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival, 2021


Heather Pawsey, soprano

Mark McGregor, flute

Michelle Goddard, clarinet

Holly Bryan, French horn

Jeremy Berkman, trombone

Katie Rife, percussion

Julia Chien, percussion

Microcosmos Quartet

Marc Destrubé, violin

Andrea Siradze, violin

Tawnya Popoff, viola

Rebecca Wenham, cello


To celebrate our return to the concert hall, we're offering all 2021 concerts FREE, but attendees are urged to reserve tickets in advance as capacity will be limited due to Covid safety guidelines. **You must arrive 10 minutes before the concert begins to claim your reserved ticket.**

For those who wish to contribute, we are gratefully accepting donations for the Blueridge Festival and the Native Women's Association of Canada:

Donate to the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival

Donate to the Native Women's Association of Canada

COVID Safety Information

Health and safety are our highest priority as we return to live programming, and we are working closely with our venues to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. Venues will be at maximum 50% capacity. Attendees will be required to maintain social distancing and strongly encouraged to wear masks for the duration of the event. Any patrons experiencing Covid-like symptoms will be requested to return home without entering the venue. Complete and updated health and safety information will be sent to ticket-holders before each event.

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823 Seymour St

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The Blueridge Chamber Music Festival offers innovative programming and unforgettable performances in a relaxed and welcoming setting. Praised by the Vancouver Sun as “ever-inventive” and “not afraid to take some pretty big chances,” Blueridge presents a characteristic blend of beloved chamber music classics and intriguing new music. The North Shore News calls it "not what people usually expect from a chamber music festival."

At Blueridge, we envision a society where people take time to listen together with open minds. We believe chamber music has the power to form community through collaboration and by inspiring empathy, respect and attention to each other.

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