The Chamber is pleased to provide non-profit groups and charities in the Saint John region with this opportunity to share their fundraising event notices with the business community. To add your fund-raising event, e-mail Dylan Folkins.
“Discovering New Worlds” with the Saint John String Quartet.
The Symphony New Brunswick Virtuoso Series continues with another fantastic offering by the Saint John String Quartet. Fresh on the heels of the runaway success of their latest CD and a South American tour, the quartet displays another, even more expansive side of the quartet.
Listen to three contrasting works that have the common thread of new insights or new worlds. The natural world, the rural idyllic and the old world are all explored through the classical string quartet.
Join us at: McCain Hall, STU in Fredericton, Thursday, November 28, 7:30 pm St Francis Xavier Church in Sussex, Friday, November 29, 7:30 pm Resurgo Place in Moncton, Saturday, November 30, 7:30 pm Saint John Arts Centre in Saint John, December 1, 2 pm
Glazunov's Five Novelettes, Op. 15 of 1886 is dedicated to the composer Anatoly Liadov. Whilst the pieces make reference to various musical regions ('Alla spagnuola', 'Orientale', and 'All'Ungarese'), the underlying language is consistently Russian in accent. The 'Orientale' is infectiously rhythmic, its middle section with its drone-like bass acting as the perfect contrast. The Quartet proves that they can play heavily without overdoing it in the concluding 'All'Ungarese' (the only movement to draw on an actual folksong, in this case an Hungarian one).
Diane Berry: Chasing the Raven
Programme Note: Chasing the Raven was inspired when I saw a number of small birds chasing a raven, each getting close to harass it, then quickly flying out of the larger bird's reach. The raven seemed unperturbed and maintained its' dignity as it continued on its' way. There was so much energy and acrobatic flying on the parts of the smaller birds, I found I had to stand and watch. In the piece, this is reflected in the short fragments that move between the members of the quartet. A more sedate, calm melody which appears in the middle, represents the raven. For first nation cultures in the northwest, the raven also represents creativity and intelligence. As I thought more about this piece, I felt that as a composer I am often 'chasing the raven', trying to capture new ideas and inspiration, making this piece as much about my own creative process, as the birds I saw that day.
Dvořák composed the quartet in 1893 during a summer vacation from his position as director (1892–1895) of the National Conservatory in New York City. He spent his vacation in the town of Spillville, Iowa, which was home to a Czech immigrant community. Dvořák had come to Spillville through Josef Jan Kovařík who had finished violin studies at the Prague Conservatory and was about to return to Spillville, his home in the United States, when Dvořák offered him a position as secretary, which Josef Jan accepted, so he came to live with the Dvořák family in New York. He told Dvořák about Spillville, where his father Jan Josef was a schoolmaster, which led to Dvořák deciding to spend the summer of 1893 there.
In that environment, and surrounded by beautiful nature, Dvořák felt very much at ease. Writing to a friend he described his state of mind, away from hectic New York: "I have been on vacation since 3 June here in the Czech village of Spillville and I won’t be returning to New York until the latter half of September. The children arrived safely from Europe and we’re all happy together. We like it very much here and, thank God, I am working hard and I’m healthy and in good spirits." He composed the quartet shortly after the New World Symphony, before that work had been performed.
Dvořák sketched the quartet in three days and completed it in thirteen more days, finishing the score with the comment "Thank God! I am content. It was fast." It was his second attempt to write a quartet in F major: his first effort, 12 years earlier, produced only one movement. The American Quartet proved a turning point in Dvořák's chamber music output: for decades he had toiled unsuccessfully to find a balance between his overflowing melodic invention and a clear structure. In the American Quartet it finally came together. Dvořák defended the apparent simplicity of the piece: "When I wrote this quartet in the Czech community of Spillville in 1893, I wanted to write something for once that was very melodious and straightforward, and dear Papa Haydn kept appearing before my eyes, and that is why it all turned out so simply. And it’s good that it did."
For his symphony Dvořák gave the subtitle himself: "From the New World". To the quartet he gave no subtitle himself, but there is the comment "The second composition written in America."
Press Release- September 2, 2019 For immediate release
Symphony New Brunswick to host competition for young New Brunswick composers
New Brunswick- Symphony New Brunswick is preparing for what will be a very exciting season. The search for the next SNB principal conductor and music director will bring eight different guest conductors to New Brunswick, and with them will be a line up of renown Canadian artists including cellist Denise Djokic, singer and composer Jeremy Dutcher, and violinist Martin Beaver. Some of the featured conductors include Janna Sailor, Kevin Mallon, Nadège Foofat, Mélanie Léonard, Geneviève Leclerc, and Martin MacDonald.
The 2019-2020 season will also continue to feature the talent of young Canadian Emerging Artists. Last season, winner of the 2017 National Music Festival Naomi Ford was a featured soloist with the orchestra. This season, contralto singer Heather Flemming will be featured Emerging Artist in this April’s concert entitled Spring Fling.
In addition to the Emerging Artists Series, Symphony New Brunswick will be initiating a competition for young New Brunswick composers this year and for upcoming seasons. There will be up to five winners chosen whose pieces will be featured in the upcoming seasons and performed by Symphony New Brunswick. This new initiative intends to be carried out into the orchestra’s future in order to continuously give young composers the opportunity to create new compositions for SNB every season.
Young composers from New Brunswick universities with active music departments including St. Thomas University, Université de Moncton, and Mount Allison are encouraged to apply. Composers are to submit short works for small orchestra, which will be assessed first by the resident professor and then by an outside adjudicator. Young composers from New Brunswick who are currently studying at a university outside of the province or abroad are also encouraged in entering. In this case, works can be submitted directly to the symphony.
For questions concerning the composition competition, please contact the Symphony New Brunswick office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 506 634 8379
We hope that many young New Brunswick musicians will take advantage of this fine opportunity.
Symphony New Brunswick organisa un concours pour les jeunes compositeurs du Nouveau-Brunswick
Nouveau-Brunswick - Symphonie Nouveau-Brunswick se prépare pour une saison très attrayante. La recherche du prochain chef d'orchestre et directeur musical de SNB amènera huit chefs invités différents au Nouveau-Brunswick, accompagnés de nombreux artistes canadiens renommés, dont la violoncelliste Denise Djokic, le chanteur et compositeur Jeremy Dutcher et le violoniste Martin Beaver. Janna Sailor, Kevin Mallon, Nadège Foofat, Mélanie Léonard, Geneviève Leclerc et Martin MacDonald figurent parmi les chefs d'orchestre invités.
La saison 2019-2020 continuera également de présenter le talent de jeunes artistes émergents canadiens. La saison dernière, la gagnante du Festival National de Musique 2017, Naomi Ford, fut l'une des solistes invitées. Cette saison, la chanteuse contralto Heather Flemming sera l’artiste émergente et se produira comme soliste dans le concert du mois d’avril intitulé Plaisirs Printaniers.
En plus de la série Artistes en Émergence, Symphonie Nouveau-Brunswick lancera cette année et pour les saisons à venir, un concours destiné aux jeunes compositeurs du Nouveau-Brunswick. Jusqu'à cinq gagnants seront choisis dont les pièces seront présentées au cours des saisons à venir et interprétées par Symphonie Nouveau-Brunswick. Cette nouvelle initiative a pour objectif de donner en permanence aux jeunes compositeurs l’occasion de créer chaque saison de nouvelles compositions pour SNB.
Les jeunes compositeurs des universités du Nouveau-Brunswick ayant des départements de musique actifs, notamment l'Université St. Thomas, l'Université de Moncton et Mount Allison, sont encouragés à soumettre leurs candidatures. Les compositeurs doivent soumettre de courtes œuvres pour orchestre, qui seront évaluées d’abord par le professeur résident, puis par la suite par un juge extérieur. Les jeunes compositeurs du Nouveau-Brunswick qui étudient actuellement dans une université à l'extérieur de la province ou à l'étranger sont également encouragés à participer. Dans ce cas, les œuvres peuvent être soumises directement à SNB.
Si vous avez des questions concernant le concours de composition, veuillez contacter le bureau de Symphonie Nouveau-Brunswick à l’adresse suivante: email@example.com ou au 506 634 8379.
Nous espérons que beaucoup de jeunes musiciens du Nouveau-Brunswick profiteront de cette belle occasion.
In 2019 we sold over 6189 calendars which was a sellout for the 2nds time and a total sales exceeded our previous record by 455 calendars
The monies raised from the sale of the calendars has been directed to Juvenile Diabetes, Pediatrics Department at the Saint John Regional Hospital, Key Industries, YMCA Strong Kids and other Kiwanis sponsored programs such as our Orthodontic Dental Program.
Many other youth groups benefit directly from the sale of these calendars as part of their own fund-raising activities.
To date, the calendar project, in 17 years has raised over $1,230,000 which has been reinvested back into the community.
We continue to provide a very professional product that reflects the values and goals of the businesses and organization who advertise in this calendar.
As a business in the Saint John area we hope you will consider advertising in our 2020 Kiwanis Cash Calendar as one of your community initiatives.
The Social Enterprise Hub is a new innovative, collaborative and state of the art building coming to Saint John’s Waterloo Village. The 15-thousand square foot building will have three floors and feature a social enterprise café, office space, training facilities, special event rooms and community space. The Hub will allow entrepreneurs, non-profits, social enterprises, and private sector businesses to come together and work in a space that fosters creativity, entrepreneurship and social impact.
Permanent tenants moving into the SE Hub include:
Saint John Learning Exchange: Innovates, educates and empowers individuals through our no fee education and employment programs which includes literacy, essential training and finding sustainable employment. Leader in Social Enterprises, while creating sustainable employment.
PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools) is an initiative developed in Saint John, NB to help address the needs and implications associated with students living in poverty. In the 15th year of operation, PALS has grown from one school and one partner to over 30 schools and more than 130 partners.
The PALS initiative is looking for interested businesses and their employees, community groups and service groups to partner with neighborhood schools to “make a difference” in the lives of our youth.
Each partnership is unique as a result of the school with which you partner, the nature of your organization and the individual needs of the school. There is no “cookie cutter” mold for the shape of a partnership. Within the PALS community, smaller organizations and groups are valued for their contribution as well as larger organizations. Some schools may have only one partner while others may have multiple partners. As a partner you may wish to align yourself with only one school but you have the option of aligning yourself with multiple schools and becoming a “global partner”.
Partners can enrich the lives of students in a number of ways, including providing time during the work week for employees to volunteer (mentoring, tutoring, coaching, breakfast programs, etc.), sharing expertise, and/or by assisting a school financially. These opportunities expose students to experiences that support literacy and numeracy, increase self-esteem and self-confidence, and help close the achievement gap.
Poverty reduction remains the central focus of the PALS initiative in Saint John, however schools both in Saint John and elsewhere have developed PALS partnerships for a variety of reasons, a testament to its adoptability and adaptability. This concept of partnering organizations with schools has been modeled in many jurisdictions within Canada stretching from coast to coast.
Partnerships (the school working with their partners) have a positive impact on virtually every facet of school life. A PALS partnership is a way to contribute to real community change - a dedicated school staff and parent group, together with community volunteers and financial support, can make a significant impact on the future of our children.
We thank the contributions and efforts of all our current partners – you are helping to change the lives of the children of our community and the future of Greater Saint John! The Anglophone South School District is a most valuable partner – without their commitment and cooperation, none of our efforts would be possible! And a special mention to the educators and staff of each of our schools – they are on the front line every day and provide our children with the most important tool for their future - a great education!
For those of you who are not yet involved, we hope we have sparked your interest in finding out a bit more about becoming a PALS partner! For more information please contact: