Sunday Concert Series
The Roedde House is a historic (Victorian) residence in the West End of Vancouver that has been turned into an interactive museum. The house was originally owned by the family of Gustav Roedde, a German immigrant and the city’s first book binder. He used to bind collections of Lieder for his children to play and sing in the parlour. www.roeddehouse.org
In 2013, I (Catherine Laub) became the artistic director of the Second Sunday Concert Series at the Roedde House Museum. This series features local, professional, Classical musicians in a casual, interactive format. In order to honour the Roedde family’s heritage, I ensure that a certain portion of the concerts contains German repertoire. Past concerts have included violin and cello sonatas by Brahms, piano sonatas by Beethoven, songs by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer for piano four hands and vocal quartet, to name some of the more familiar works.
The museum parlour had been used for concerts on an occasional basis for years, but I wondered if the museum would be interested in something more regular, so I approached the manager and pitched the idea of a monthly concert series. We’re now in our third season, with a successful small concert business model. We attract musicians like Nancy DiNovo, Stephen Smith, Jane Hayes and Daniel Bolshoy to our series and regularly sell out concerts. There is also a monthly jazz series at the Roedde House based upon our model.
Second Sunday Concert Series
Every Second Sunday of the Month at 3PM.
Concert held at Roedde House Museum, 1415 Barclay St. Vancouver, BC V6G 1J6
Contact for reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org (604) 684-7040
For more information consult our series blog page http://secondsundayconcerts.wordpress.com or our facebook page at www.facebook.com/RoeddeHouseMuseum. Tickets ($12 student/ senior, $15 adult), 6 ticket passes and 12-ticket available on www.brownpapertickets.com.
**This concert series would not be possible without the generous support of the McGrane Pearson Fund and the Vancouver Foundation**
More Information about Catherine Laub:
During my undergraduate years at Indiana University, the music school initiated a study abroad program in Vienna, Austria. I spent a semester there in my junior year studying voice, music history, chamber music and art and architecture. Thus began an enduring love affair with the German language and with Lieder. I suffered a kind of reverse culture shock upon my return to the states, and I went back to Vienna as soon as I could- spending the following summer apartment and cat sitting for my voice teacher there. In 2006, I completed a summer program with Elysium- between two continents in Bernried, Germany. I have maintained contact with this organization and will be bringing Elysium to Canada for the first time in October of this year. Elysium is dedicated to fostering artistic and creative dialogue and mutual friendship between the US and Europe and to fighting against discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism by means of art.
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