The Illumination of Jewish Music

The Illumination of Jewish Music

On March 10, 2019, 3:00pm, at South Arm United Church, the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus Association (ROCA) will be performing “Sing Shalom!”, a concert devoted to Jewish music.

As a ROCA chorus member, this concert has special personal significance for me. For most of my adult life, I did not know that I was Jewish.  In my maternal line are three generations of Ukrainian/Polish Jews who chose to be Canadians, beginning with my great-grandparents who fled pogroms and other forms of persecution in Eastern Europe for the hope of survival in a new land.

Nathan Kwok - Cellist and 2019 Rising Star

Nathan Kwok - Cellist and 2019 Rising Star

Nathan Kwok began learning the cello when he was 9 years old  and his passion for the instrument has steadily increased over the years.  He and has been section leader in the Magee Secondary School Orchestra since 2016 and currently studies with Dr. Janelle Ragno.  Nathan’s musical accomplishments are many. In 2016, he was the principal cello and quartet soloist of the BC Music Educators Association Honour Orchestra. He was a member of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra 2012-2016, and was cello co-principal of the Intermediate Orchestra 2015-2016. A chamber music enthusiast, he participated in the Quiring Chamber Music Camp and Quartet Fest West at the University of Victoria, and now plays in the chamber program at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Joshua Tromans - Pianist and 2019 Rising Star

Joshua Tromans - Pianist and 2019 Rising Star

Joshua started piano lessons at the very young age of three and has not looked back. He has performed in masterclasses for some of the best contemporary world class pianists and educators today such as Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Ax, and Louis Lortie. When he was seven years old, Joshua was featured as a piano prodigy on the CBC Radio One popular show "The Early Edition". He received his ARCT in Piano Performance at the age of ten and his Grade 10 at the age of eight, earning First Class Honours with Distinction. In 2015, Joshua was honoured to be Lang Lang's duet partner in the "101 Pianists" event in Vancouver. At age twelve, Joshua made his debut with the VSO at the Orpheum theatre, as the winner of the "Future of Excellence Competition" (Junior Division), where he performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, and received an overwhelming standing ovation. He is consistently awarded top prizes and awards in Music Festivals and competitions and regularly performs in gala concerts. Last summer, Joshua was selected to represent the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival (senior piano) in the Performing Arts BC "Provincial Festival 2018" in Victoria.