Spacious Music at the Atrium

June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, 5 p.m. | Woodward’s Atrium (351 Abbott St.)

Tickets | Free

John Korsrud, composer and founder/director of the intrepid Hard Rubber Orchestra, has never been afraid of trying out new and sometimes edgy ideas. (Consider his Olympic year project “Ice Age” — new music meets skaters in a hockey arena.)

He’s at it again this summer with a quartet of events collectively called Spacious Music in the Atrium, presented on the rapidly gentrifying fringe of the Downtown Eastside. The Hard Rubber Orchestra bills it as “Four summer Sundays featuring sounds spanning several centuries selected for a sweet social space.”

The free series of events (concerts is too limiting a word) kicks off this Sunday in the Woodward’s Atrium with music featuring horns; subsequent focuses will include strings, voices and then horns again.

What’s ambient music and why the atrium at Woodward’s? The latter question turns out to be the easiest to answer. “I spend a lot of time walking through that space, because our office is right next door,” says Korsrud. “It’s a huge space with a church-like reverb. On a whim we did one concert there last year, and it was so …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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