Valentine recital offers romantic gems for violin and piano

TWU’s spring installation of the Faculty + Friends Recital Series will romance the audience with an assortment of familiar pieces.

TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC) presents the spring installation of the Faculty + Friends Recital Series, A Valentine Recital, featuring romantic gems for violin and piano. The performance on February 21 will feature the talent of Carmen Hollett (piano), who works with SAMC Music, and Calvin Dyck (violin), concertmaster for the Vancouver Island Symphony.

This performance will have you dreaming of love with the sounds of Beethoven’s Romance in F major, Dvoràk’s Four Romantic Pieces and Gabe’s Tango Jalousie. The familiar sounds from the movie Ladies in Lavender, and music from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev, will be highlighted along with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, which imitates the song of a lark as it circles higher and higher in the sky until it disappears.

Even though the performers have their graduate degrees from rival schools in Los Angeles, USC and CSULA, they have been collaborating in concert for over 20 years. Musical collaborator and pianist Hollett, a TWU graduate, has worked as an accompanist for prominent Vancouver conductors Bramwell Tovey and Jon Washburn. She frequently collaborates with musicians and choral ensembles across the Lower Mainland and is one of the accompanists for the TWU choirs.

Dyck is in high demand outside of his position as concertmaster of the Vancouver Island Symphony, as a private teacher, conductor, producer and adjudicator. In 2013, TWU awarded Dyck an honourary Doctor of Humanities. He demonstrates excellence in not only his professional pursuits but his character---receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.

Event at a glance:

A Valentine Recital

Date: Sunday, February 21
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Place: Langley Mennonite Fellowship (20997 40 Ave, Langley)
Tickets: Students/Seniors $10; Adults $15; Families (2 adults and children) $30
This event is sponsored by Long & McQuade. Tickets and info at


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