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International film premiere to be revealed at local festival
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International film premiere to be revealed at local festival

POWELL RIVER — BC’s own summer orchestra academy, the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA), is returning this season from June 13th – 25th in Powell River, B.C. For its fourth season, the festival is partnering with Canada’s youngest recognized nation to celebrate a monumental treaty in the region. In addition, the academy will premiere Fires of the Past: Facing the Future, a film about Tla’amin Nation’s experience with the treaty process.

Broken Strings, Be Gone!
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Broken Strings, Be Gone!

New to PRISMA 2016: In-House Luthier, Laura Wallace
Several of our students are all too familiar with the troubles of broken strings and instrument malfunctions. This season, we’re going to help solve them: with our very own in-house luthier.

Telus Support For Local Charitable Organizations
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Telus Support For Local Charitable Organizations

Hello Powell River!
If you have signed up for, or are considering, TELUS Optik TV, you should know about this TELUS initiative whereby certain charitable organizations can benefit from your enrolment!
TELUS is partnering with local charitable organizations through TELUS Fibre for Good Powell River. When residents sign up for Optik TV on the fibre network, they select a participating charitable organization to receive a $25 grant on their behalf, courtesy of TELUS. PRISMA is one of the approved charities. The program ends on November 15, 2015, or once the program reaches a maximum of $10,000.

Famous Canadian Cellist Amanda Forsyth joins PRISMA faculty
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Famous Canadian Cellist Amanda Forsyth joins PRISMA faculty

PRISMA is excited to announce the famous Canadian cellist Amanda Forsyth as a guest artist at PRISMA 2015. Forsyth will perform the second cello concerto of Victor Herbert with the Pacific Philharmonic on June 27. She will also take part in the chamber music concert with the c minor string quartet of Johannes Brahms with the other string faculty.

Revised Audition Requirements for PRISMA
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Revised Audition Requirements for PRISMA

The audition requirements for PRISMA have been expanded. Students are welcome to choose the suggested audition repertoire or may use any other audition video to apply for PRISMA as long as this video has some orchestra excerpts. If you have a video for your university or for another summer program that shows your musical abilities, feel free to use it.

Globe and Mail – Sunshine Coast Welcomes the Music World
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Globe and Mail – Sunshine Coast Welcomes the Music World

Arthur Arnold made his conducting debut with the visiting Moscow Symphony Orchestra in 2001 at Amsterdam’s prestigious Concertgebouw, where the conductor famously descends through the audience on a staircase from the balcony level, then through the orchestra and over to the podium, surrounded by applause and anticipation. It was an extraordinary moment for Mr. Arnold, who, as a 14-year-old, had snuck into the same hall – darkened – and stood on the podium, dreaming of this.

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