Conductor Arthur Arnold believes there is a future in music for young people with passion and commitment.
“Music is so much a part of who we are, what we need in life. It’s a necessity when something big happens, like what we saw during 9/11. Once the streets of New York were clear and safe, people formed choirs and began to sing hymns and other music.”
Arnold is the conductor and creative spirit behind the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy [PRISMA]. Hundreds of Powell River residents, and tourists, attended its stellar lineup of concerts and masterclasses held between June 18 and 28, 21013. They had the unique opportunity of watching and listening as PRISMA prepared young musicians from all over the world for a future in music.
Currently the chief conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Arthur sees Powell River as the perfect location in which to nurture young talent. “We’re in kind of a nature retreat here, with none of the distractions of the big city. Powell River’s devotion to music is really high. It’s an enormous advantage.”
As proof, he points to Powell River youth who are currently building musical careers, such as Carli and Julie Kennedy. Julie, a violinist, was named Concertmaster of the 2007 National Youth Orchestra of Canada, while guitarist Carli took third prize at the Canadian Nationals. As a duo, they were nominated for five BC Country Music Awards in 2012. Continue reading “Training the Musicians of Tomorrow”