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Musical treats at Wonderland
Trisha and Ross Beaty and their daughter, Heather, have offered the Bowen Island Arts Council a marvelous opportunity - the opportunity of having a fundraising classical concert in their beautiful home called Wonderland on Sunday, September 15, at 3:30 p.m. The concert will be performed by Heather Beaty, a professional flutist, and two of her friends, Stanton Jack, guitarist, and Elisa Thorn, harpist. After the concert, there will be a champagne and canapé reception for the audience.
Heather and Elisa have formed the Luminara Duo and have been performing recitals for the Health Arts Society ArtsWay concerts in care centres throughout the lower mainland. They are currently working on their first album.
Heather’s music education began at age five. She quickly developed a love for the musical and performing arts. Her mother Trisha remembers, “There was no doubt that Heather and her sister Shannon were musical. By the time they were four or five, they were singing in harmony.” She also remembers that when Heather was around nine, she performed musicals on a driftwood stage with Shannon and a friend.
Heather played in the Children’s Bach Choir and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra (VYSO). By 17, Heather’s was performing the Mozart’ Flute and Harp Concerto as a soloist with the VSO. Currently, she is active in the Vancouver music scene, balancing her time between teaching flute at the Vancouver Academy of Music and playing with the VSO and the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra. Heather enjoys playing with others and says, “It is gratifying to play in a group as the flute is a melodic instrument and needs a harmonic underlay to support it.”
One of the things dear to Heather’s heart is performing for people who might not have access to classical music. To this end, she developed a project for her University of British Columbia (UBC) master’s degree to take classical music to unconventional spaces.
Elisa Thorn is a harpist based in Vancouver. She has been playing the harp since she was nine years old. Elisa met Heather in 2007 while they were pursuing their undergraduate studies in music at the UBC. Soon after, they began performing together in the university’s Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Stanton C. Jack is one of the new generation of Canadian classical guitarists. He combines technical excellence with musical sensitivity, expressed through the uniquely rich and varied tonal language of the guitar. As a soloist, Stanton has performed a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque suites of J.S. Bach and S.L. Weiss, to the folkloric inspired music of Spain, South America and Africa. He is known for his dynamic performance of the famous Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez with the UBC Sinfonietta and numerous successful concerts throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
The setting for this unique concert is Wonderland, a place that is named for the Wonder sisters, Christobel and Marie, who used to own the 100-acre waterfront property at Eves Road on the bottom of Adams Road. The sisters bought the property from George Adams in 1943 for $3,250. George had bought it five years earlier when the explosives factory at the bottom of Adams road closed.
The Beatys have lived at Wonderland since they bought it in 1996. At first, they lived in the red cottage, built by the sisters in 1944. In 2010, they built the current house on the property. The house, which is perched on the rocks overlooking the sea, was designed by Bowen Island architect Allan Peters. It is built of cedar and Bowen Island granite taken from the property and looks as if it grew out of the surrounding rock.
As the Beatty home is quite a long way down a narrow lane, attendees are asked to leave their cars on Eves Road and take the shuttle that is being provided by BIAC. It will start at 2:30 pm. After the reception is over, the shuttle will return people to their cars. Anyone with mobility problems is asked to they inform BIAC so assistance can be provided.
People wanting to attend this exclusive concert and reception at Wonderland should call BIAC at 604.947.2454 and pay by credit card or visit the Gallery at Artisan Square, where they can purchase tickets with credit/debit, cash or cheque. BIAC also accepts PayPal through its website (http://www.biac.ca/wonderlandconcert.php). Tickets cost $75 per person and seating is limited.