Duo Rendezvous set to woo you


by Marion Boyd

Many of you will remember being spellbound last year when Daniel Bolshoy worked magic on his newly acquired high tech German-made guitar. His performance for the South Okanagan Concert Society was billed ‘not to be missed’. The thunderous applause of the audience after a second encore spoke to the thrill of hearing one of the brightest and the best.

This year, on Friday, February 8th at 7:30 pm., we may have a problem on our hands. Daniel is returning with violinist, Jasper Wood. Known together as Duo Rendezvous, we are already counting how many extra seats may be needed in the temporary venue of the Oliver Alliance Church.

Jasper has performed twice before in Oliver and both times his music was enthusiastically embraced. He has been awarded two of the most distinguished prizes from the Canada Council for the Arts and has a flourishing concert career as well as his appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of B.C. Check out www.youtube.com – Duo Rendezvous to understand the beautiful musical tension created when Daniel and Jasper perform together. It is most apparent in their interpretation of Csardas by Vittorio Monti, This piece will conclude the programme for the Oliver concert.

Flex pass tickets are on sale now at Beyond Bliss in Oliver, at Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos and at the door. A four admission pass costs only $60. The four admissions are entirely flexible and can be used together or in combination. Single admission is $20. Young people 17 and under are welcome to attend the concert free.

Daniel is a Russian born, Israeli-raised Canadian. He has an uncanny intimacy with his instrument and an aggressive multi-layered quality to his style. His charismatic stage presence has endeared him to audiences around the world. As head of the guitar department of the newly created Vancouver Symphony School of Music, he is living in Vancouver and thus is able to tour in British Columbia.

Jasper was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, into a musical family of six brothers and sisters. He gave his first public performance at the age of 5! He holds a master of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and in 1996 embarked on his international solo career.

Together, Daniel and Jasper present some magnificent music. The programme includes the Suite Populaire Espagnole by Manuel de Falla, as well as pieces from Ravel and Debussy, Paganini and a Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla.

If you didn’t heed my warning prior to the last concert, here it is again. There will only be one performance. Don’t be one of those who can only wish they had been there when they listen to the reviews of those who were. Be one of those enthralled by the stories and heart stopping virtuosity of this exceptional duo.

Call Maureen at 250 495 7978 to arrange for transportation by van if you are worried about winter driving conditions and know this performance is one you just can’t miss!