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About the Performance
Since meeting in the Vancouver Opera Orchestra pit, Janelle and Laura have collaborated regularly on a wide variety of concert programs. Together, they enjoy performing a variety of musical styles – from early music and classical to pop favourites and beyond.
Perhaps the most sublime instrument pairing, the flute and harp are perfectly suited to each other. The graceful, glittering yet resonant lines of the harp, complement and elevate the lyrical voice of the flute. Neither of these quiet instruments is overpowered by the other, allowing each to shine.
Janelle and Laura have chosen a program that explores some of their favourite relaxing and meditative pieces that showcase what these instruments do best. This musical journey will include beloved melodies by Bach and Debussy, music written for the stage, and old jazz hits – transporting you from the elegant salons of Berlin to the smokey dives of Montmartre. Step back, take a deep breath and escape for a moment to a more laid-back time.
About Laura Vanek
Laura is an active solo, chamber and orchestral musician. Since moving to the West Coast she has performed with many local ensembles including the Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera.
She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Concours Européen de Musique and the Prix de la Ville de Paris. After studying in France with Philippe Pierlot, Vincent Lucas, Francois-Xavier Roth and Alain Marion, she continued her studies under Peter Lloyd at the Royal Northern College of Music, completing her master’s in music at the University of Victoria upon returning to Canada.
Laura was a founding member of NOVO Ensemble, a Vancouver based new music group and more recently, co-founded No Chamber Music Society, a community initiative focused group based on the beautiful North Shore.
As well as leading an active performance career, Laura is a dedicated teacher with a private studio of students and is much in demand as a clinician and adjudicator.
About Janelle Nadeau
Janelle lends her innovative approach to the harp to a variety of orchestras, ensembles and organizations. In addition to her current role as acting principle harpist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, she regularly performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble and many other chamber groups.
She has toured with the Manitoba Arts Network, Home Routes, Celebrity Cruises, and the National Youth Symphony of Canada, Winter Harp, Turning Point Ensemble and has performed at the World Harp Congress as well as the American Harp Society Conference. Janelle graduated from the Harp Performance Program at the University of British Columbia in 2008 and before the world turned, she ran her multiple ensembles and a busy busy solo performance career.
Janelle has studied with Richard Turner, Heidi Krutzen, Rita Costanzi as well as Deborah Henson-Conant. She found a mentor and friend in pioneering harpist Kim Roberston, who has joined her on the Prairie Christmas tours for many years. Janelle is a teacher herself and she has a harp summer school as well as offering workshops and instruction.
KnoxVan Events Presents
Laura Vanek and Janelle Nadeau
A Free Virtual Performance
Tuesday, May 17 2022
7:30PM – Video Release
8:00PM – Performer’s Talk
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