Travels, an accordion journey


Wed., July 20, 2011, 8:00 pm
Robin and Winifred Wood Recital Hall
907 Pandora Avenue, Victoria

Olivia Steimel takes the accordion on a musical journey through time and space, with masterpieces by Bach, Haydn, Frescobaldi, Rameau, Lindberg and Gubaidulina, and a recent work by Canadian composer, Anna Pidgorna.

Tickets available at the door:  $10/$5 for students and seniors

Olivia Steimel
The German accordionist Olivia Steimel first came in contact with Canada through a collaboration with Canadian composer Anna Pidgorna, whose work, Light-play through curtain holes, she premiered in Calgary in 2010. Ms. Steimel has received prizes in several competitions including the 2010 competition of the Musikalische Akademie Würzburg, the 58th Deutscher Hochschulwettbewerb, and, together with guitarist Josef Mücksch, the 48th International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal, Germany. She began studies with Prof. Stefan Hussong at the University of Music in Würzburg, Germany in 2007. In 2009 Ms. Steimel received funding from ERASMUS to study in Florence with Ivano Battiston and is currently funded by a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. Recently she became a founder of “Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now” and has been playing with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Würzburg since 2009.
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Listen to an interview on Alberta Radio CKUA.

Jane’s Walk, James Bay, Marmots, etc.

What follows is a posting I wrote for

UPDATE: Mashall the Marmot apparently is STILL in residence on the grounds of the Fairmont Empress. See!/MarshallMarmot for updates.

Val Schaefer of and & I had lots of fun doing our Jane’s Walk around James Bay Saturday, May 7. AND we only went over one hour (we went 3 hours instead of 2)–woot! Thanks to everybody who came along for sharing your time, stories and love of the James Bay neighbourhood with us today!

The Google Map created for the walk is here: . I hope that people can somehow attach photos to the different spots but at this point I’m not too sure how that’s done…

Here are some of Val’s photos (click on any one to go into single-photo-with-caption mode):