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Music this week - May 16-22

No long introduction this week, there's too many concerts to talk about!

On Thursday, make your way to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for Nocturnal: Emergent Behaviour, it sounds like it's going to be a memorable concert, read more about it here in my interview with Mark McGregor

Friday is Spring Serenade, the first concert in Muzewest's new Rush Hour Series, featuring Albert Seo and Chiharu Iinuma.

Saturday has the Alan Matheson Septet presented by Vancouver ProMusica as part of their Further Series - the band is a fixture of the jazz scene and Alan was kind enough to answer some questions I had about his inspirations and influences.

And have you heard your friends talking abut the sackbut, but thought they had just come up with a rude nickname for someone instead of realizing they were talking about an instrument? Get in the know when Cappella Borealis introduces this ancestor to the trombone, and bring your friend nicebutt along too.

The VSO has a few shows this weekend, with the Chan Centre concert featuring Kazuyoshi Akiyama conducting pieces selected from his very first concerts as Music Director in 1972 and one at the Annex curated by Jocelyn Morlock (who I hear makes a mean okonomiyaki) in her last concert as the VSO Composer-in-Residence.

And there's more! Sunday also has the Gallo Players, a solo piano concert by Kate Liu, and all six Bach cello suites presented in two parts by Colin Carr.

Don't worry about a concert drought mid-week as there's a lot to choose on Wednesday, with the Jean Coulthard readings presented by the VSO in the morning and the VSO Chamber Players and the UBC Baccalaureate Concert in the evening.

No food anecdote to end this post, but if you have a few extra minutes to fill and want to try something fun, go play this video game https://aislesofglory.nofrills.ca/ . It's a game where you go grocery shopping! (ok, maybe it's still food-related)

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