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.
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 V. Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Update: We have been able to continue to host Isolation Point Virtual Concerts for two 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
Amy-Lynne Toth, violin
Amy-Lynne Toth is a violinist who ventures to parallel personal diversity with a musical diversity that is capable of reaching all audiences. Classically trained from a young age, Amy-Lynne began her studies in Alberta under the instruction of Laurie Syer and Fiona Carnie. She discovered her love of chamber music through her instruction in the Amici String Program and Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music, and at age fifteen became a full time member of the Red Deer Symphony.
Amy-Lynne recently completed her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Victoria under the instruction of Ann Elliot-Goldschmid. She received multiple scholarships and awards throughout her degree, including winning the University of Victoria’s Concerto Competition in 2018. Amy-Lynne was the first violinist of the Wisteria String Quartet from 2016-2019, and has performed in professional symphony orchestras in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, and Victoria. She has since expanding her interests to include a wide array of musical styles. Folk, rock, electronic, and new music are only the beginning of the musical explorations she is continually pursuing, and she frequently performs and records with local bands and ensembles in and around Victoria, BC as a sought-after session musician.