Upcoming Concerts

Now Is the Moment to Learn Hope

Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 7 p.m.
James Bay United Church, Victoria, B.C.
suggested $10

For the first show of our 2019-2020 season, the APTL Ensemble will perform two recent works by Antoine Beuger: do we still have time? (2019) now is the moment to learn hope (2017).

do we still have time? is inspired by and dedicated to theologian Catherine Keller, whose work has had a deep impact on Antoine and his music. The piece takes it’s title from a short text by Antoine and is a delicate, fragile transmission of the text in it’s entirety. It poses the urgent question “do we still have time?” when we are “inexorably moving forward into catastrophe” and offers a powerful affirmation that, yes, there is always time.

now is the moment to learn hope is a musical practice where players and listeners attend to humble, delicate, fragile sounds “caringly, daringly, in wondering, pondering communion.” The piece takes its title from, a public address that John Holloway gave at the Rediscovering the Radical Conference, held in Liverpool in 2016. In the score, Antoine quotes the following passage from Holloway’s address:

Now is the moment to learn hope.
Now, when there seems so little ground for hope;
Now, when refugees and migrants are drowning in the sea;
Now, when racism and fascism are surging in Europe and North America and elsewhere;
Now, when even to mention hope seems like a sick joke or an insult to millions and millions of young people who face a life of unemployment, or sometimes worse—employment!
Now is the time to learn hope…
not just to hope that everything will be alright.
But to learn hope … hope as a way of thinking that opens paths to a different world.

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En Amor Duro

Wed., Nov. 6, 2019, 7 p.m.
*note not usual third Wednesday
James Bay United Church, Victoria, B.C.
suggested $10

Netherlands-based pianist Keiko Shichijo will perform En Amor Duro, an immersive, hour-long work for solo piano by Germany-based composer Maria de Alvear.