Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series
The Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society is proud to present
our online performance project Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series.
W. A. Mozart, Fantasy in D minor, K. 397
Heitor Villa-Lobos, O polichinelo (Punch) from Prole do Bebê, W140, No. 7
Update: We have been able to continue to host Isolation Point Virtual Concerts for seven full months now and it has been an incredibly positive experience. I would like to thank Calgary Arts Development for their recent Short Term Relief Grant that has allowed us to continue presenting projects and supporting musicians during COVID-19. I would also like to thank all the fabulous musicians who have dedicated their time and talents to this project. As Aldous Huxley said, "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
Musicians across the globe are facing a stark reality right now. Projects cancelled, incomes decimated, many are struggling financially. I believe that the International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society (Mountain View) can provide a beacon of hope for our local artists. I started an online performance project called Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series for local Calgary area musicians where they can still perform and be paid for their online performances by our organization. In this time of intense challenge and difficulty, I see this as an opportunity to provide a helpful way forward.
These performances are incredibly intimate and a stark reminder of this intense and surreal time. We are all under a physical distancing order and cannot play together. We are alone in our performances unless we are fortunate to live with a musical partner. These musicians are at home, performing for us from their living quarters. You can access these special performances through our website, our newsletter, our new YouTube Channel on our website, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
These concerts are free for our listeners – please enjoy! But we also hope you may be able to donate. Our funds are being used at this moment to help as many local musicians as we can – your support is most appreciated for this local cause. We will have several performances over the next while featuring Alberta artists. The adventure will continue with a variety of musicians coming your way for as long as we can continue!
Kathleen van Mourik
Jocelyn Zhou, piano:
Jocelyn Zhou, age of nine, began her music education at Yamaha Music School and showed her passion at the age of four. After achieving First Class Honors with Distinction in her first RCM exam by self-learning, she started private piano lessons at the age of six and is currently the student of Ms. Kathleen van Mourik.
She is also studying composition and theory with Canadian composer Christine Donkin. Jocelyn has won her classes and scholarships in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival, Calgary Contemporary Showcase, and Mountain View Festival. Jocelyn is also a good swimmer and has won competitions in her club. Besides, she enjoys hiking, camping, and horse-riding.