Vancouver Island Symphony principal harpist Lani Krantz is the featured soloist for the upcoming program Rejuvenate at the Port Theatre on Nov. 16. (Photo courtesy Lani Krantz)

Vancouver Island Symphony principal harpist Lani Krantz is the featured soloist for the upcoming program Rejuvenate at the Port Theatre on Nov. 16. (Photo courtesy Lani Krantz)

Vancouver Island Symphony presents sounds of strings at the Port Theatre

Principal harpist Lani Krantz is guest soloist for symphony’s ‘Rejuvenate’ concert

Vancouver Island Symphony principal harpist Lani Krantz said people have been coming up to her after shows for years asking, “When can you do a harp solo for the orchestra?”

After almost 20 years with the symphony she’s finally getting that opportunity when she performs Lyra Angelica by 20th century British composer William Alwyn at the VIS’s upcoming Rejuvenate concert at the Port theatre on Nov. 16.

Krantz said conductor Pierre Simard suggested Lyra Angelica, a 1954 concerto for harp and string orchestra that became popular decades later when American figure skater Michelle Kwan used the piece in a routine at the ‘98 Olympics.

“I really didn’t remember it or know it very well and I wasn’t sure if I was going to love it,” Krantz said. “And literally I was enraptured for 30 minutes. It’s an extraordinary piece. It’s so beautiful.”

Alwyn was a prolific film and television scorer, and Krantz said the composition has an evocative, cinematic quality.

“It really plays out like a movie score,” she said. “So for me, and I’m pretty sure for all the listeners, you can really listen in and find a story.”

Krantz said there “aren’t a lot of harp concertos out there” and it’s been years since one was performed in Nanaimo. She said the Lyra Angelica performance will be a good opportunity for the audience to see what the harp can do.

“Most people haven’t seen the harp up close and a lot of the time we’re playing in the back of the orchestra and they don’t see our pedals changing, and they don’t see the kinds of movements that we do,” she said.

The Rejuvenate program is heavy on string compositions and features work by 19th century composers Mendelssohn, Mahler and Dvorak, as well as contemporary Canadian composer Vivian Fung. As its title suggests, the concert is designed to be relaxing and energizing. Krantz said it’s “gorgeous from start to end.”

“They really nailed it with the theme of the concert and the music choices that they have,” she said. “The whole program is absolutely stunning music so it’ll be an exciting show for people.”

Krantz said there is a much sought after harp instructor on the Island and as a result there are “quite a few” young up-and-coming harpists in Nanaimo. She said the harp is experiencing its own rejuvenation from coast to coast.

“All across the country the harp is just booming, for sure,” Krantz said. “Students are into it and there’s more music being composed and it’s super exciting right now for the harp.”

WHAT’S ON … The Vancouver Island Symphony presents Rejuvenate at the Port Theatre, 125 Front St., on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $48 and $56 for adults, $22 for students, available at the box office.



arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The City of Nanaimo will further investigate an initiative to set up two 12-cabin sites to create transitional emergency housing for people experiencing homelessness. (Black Press file photo)
City of Nanaimo will ask for expressions of interest to operate tiny cabin sites

Staff expresses concern about workload, councillor says sheltering people must take priority

Capt. Alan Millbank, head of Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s Fire and Loss Prevention Division, takes photos of the scene of a blaze that heavily damaged two apartments on Wakesiah Avenue on Sunday, April 18. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
RCMP, Nanaimo Fire Rescue investigating suspicious apartment blaze

Fire destroyed ground-floor apartment, spread to second storey at Wakesiah Avenue complex

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks at a press conference Monday, April 18. (B.C. Government image)
New COVID-19 cases tick down on the central Island

New cases held to single digits three days in a row

Chakalaka Bar & Grill remains open in defiance of orders from Island Health to close. (Cole Schisler photo)
Island Health seeks injunction against restaurant defying COVID-19 orders

VIHA says Chakalaka Bar and Grill also violating water and sewer regulations with RV hook-ups

Nanaimo RCMP hope the public can help them find a 16-year-old who has been missing since Sunday. (Photo submitted)
UPDATE: 16-year-old Nanaimo boy located safe

Teen had been reported missing last week and it was thought he may have left town

Capt. Alan Millbank, head of Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s Fire and Loss Prevention Division, takes photos of the scene of a blaze that heavily damaged two apartments on Wakesiah Avenue on Sunday, April 18. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
RCMP, Nanaimo Fire Rescue investigating suspicious apartment blaze

Fire destroyed ground-floor apartment, spread to second storey at Wakesiah Avenue complex

Pat Kauwell, a semi-retired construction manager, lives in his fifth-wheel trailer on Maxey Road because that’s what he can afford on his pension, but a Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw prohibits using RVs as permanent dwellings, leaving Kauwell and others like him with few affordable housing options. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Housing crunch or not, it’s illegal to live in an RV in Nanaimo

Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw forcing pensioner to move RV he calls home off private farm land

Orca 1
Orcas: Our Shared Future finally surfaces at Royal B.C. Museum

Museum dives into the world of the killer whale as delayed feature exhibition now open

Polystyrene has been outlawed as a take-out option for restaurants in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Black Press Media file photo)
Styrofoam done as a takeout option on Island’s Pacific Rim

Tofino and Ucluelet ban polystyrene take-out containers

The City of Nanaimo’s finance and audit committee has recommended spending $200,000 from reserves on a feasibility study and conceptual designs for a community centre in the south end. (News Bulletin file photo)
City of Nanaimo will study options for south-end community centre

Finance committee recommends spending $200,000 from reserves for feasibility study and concept plans

Nanaimo NightOwls. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo NightOwls cancel season due to COVID-19

Baseball team’s inaugural season in West Coast League will have to wait until 2022

(New Westminster Police)
4 youth arrested after 30-person brawl in New Westminster leaves 1 seriously injured

Police are looking for witnesses who saw the incident take place

South Surrey’s Paul Cottrell, who works with the DFO, tows a grey whale out of Semiahmoo Bay Sunday. (Contributed photo)
Dead whale floating near White Rock towed to shore for necropsy

Animal has been dead since at least April 15

Wickaninnish (Clifford Atleo) plays the drum while singing the Nuu-chah-nulth song on the court steps in Vancouver In a picture from April 2018. Photo credit, Melody Charlie.
Five western Vancouver Island First Nations celebrate legal fishing victory

Court ruling confirms Nuu-chah-nulth fishing rights in case dating back to 2003

Most Read