Pemberton Meadows Rd
House concerts are often a best kept secret – and we’d like to invite you! The newest series in town is filling local homes with residents and some of Canada’s best classical musicians. Aimed as a fun, social, cultural evening, old friends and new share some food and experience the emotional beauty and virtuosity of classical music from a few feet away.
Living Room Live, now in its second season, links communities into tour routes, scheduling a season of three classical house concert tours. With the season already underway, the second tour this January is guitarist Jonathan Stuchbery, hailed as “Exciting and technically brilliant!” (Marvin Dickau). The final tour in May/June will feature duo526, violin & piano, described by Gramophone Magazine as “a beautifully balanced duo, with exceptional intonation and a tangible empathy.”
In intimate venues such as living rooms, guests meet and talk with artists and listen to stories about the music during the show. This makes it the perfect place to hear both favourites and little-known works; in this case, Jonathan is touring with his Baroque guitar, a rarely-played cousin of today’s guitar: “The best informed of the gentle class know well that the guitar has a notably knightly characteristic. This is why the greatest princes of Europe who have wanted to play music prefer it over all other instruments.” – the words of Rémy Médard from his 1676 publication Pièces de Guitarre.
Jonathan invites guests into the private chambers of the kings and queens of 17th century Europe, where the guitar, theorbo, and lute were the most highly valued instruments. The intimate sound of these plucked string instruments was perfectly suited for living room concerts, a reality that’s still true today.
Hosts love to welcome new guests; since house concerts are in private homes, new guests connect directly with hosts for ticket price, address and to RSVP. Please visit www.livingroomlive.ca/attend and Living Room Live will share your RSVP with your local host.
* Kids are welcome to attend, however if they are unable to sit through the entire concert they may leave but will not be re-admitted to minimize disruption to the musician.
* Entertainment for the younger kids will be a movie in a separate room, but no admittance once concert has begun.
* Potluck will begin 6.30pm where you may have the chance to chat to the musician before the concert. Please bring a dish and your own drinks.
* Directions to the house will be sent upon confirming attendance.