Classic Music Greets Passengers at YXS
Prince George, B.C. – Passengers arriving at the Prince George Airport this afternoon were welcomed with a musical treat.A free concert by the Alban Classical Artists Society greeted arriving passengers.
Clarinet player, Simon Cole, says the performance is part of a series of concerts the Society has been doing throughout Prince George. “We’re bringing classical music out to where you might not normally hear it” says Cole who says the last performance was in the barn at Huble Homestead.” We want to bring classical music out and expose it to as many people as possible. Often, as is the case at many of our concerts, people say they had never heard classical music live and they can’t believe how powerful and wonderful it is, so we’re always looking for opportunities to do that.” At Huble Homestead, the trio played a series of pieces written by Cole which was created to reflect a theme of homesteading “It was folk music based.”
Today, the music offered is what Cole calls movie classics “Where it’s more often more popular types of music, but it’s formed by the composition and structure of classical music, so it’s kind of high end popular music.” Specifically, the music was that of John Williams, and in the case of this afternoon’s concert, it featured music from the movie “The Terminal” which is basically the story of a man stuck in an airport.
The acoustics at the airport are perfect says Cole “This is a more reverberant space”. He says when music is recorded at Vanier Hall, the technicians have to add two seconds of artificial reverberaion to the sound to make it sound natural. “A normal concert hall has two to two and a half seconds of natural reverberation so it’s actually kind of a treat to play in some of these spaces.”
As the trio, made up of Cole on clarinet, Angela Alba on piano and Erica Skowron on oboe, started into the concert, passengers arriving from Vancouver started circling around the trio to enjoy the music while their bags made it to the carousel.
The concert was sponsored by the City of Prince George, the BC Arts Council, the Prince George Airport Authority and Alban Classical.