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Sat, Oct. 17

12:00 - 1:00


$10.00 (Includes GST)


Noontime Concert Co-presented by

Quality Foods


Pablo Diemecke, violin; Shima Takeda, violin; Elizabeth Massi, viola; Lawrence Skaggs, cello       

Victoria-based, internationally acclaimed Mexican violinist Pablo Diemecke leads his superb quartet in a program of well-loved works by Latin American and Spanish composers.

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 Pablo Diemecke is one of Canada’s finest virtuoso violinists. He appears as a soloist around the world, and has completed 20 years of service as concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Diemecke showed remarkable talent at an early age. He made his first public appearance at age 10, and his childhood quartet toured the US and Mexico several times. At age 17 he made his first solo appearance with an orchestra, playing the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto #3. He studied with Henryk Szeryng and his assistant Enrique Espin Yepez in Mexico City, receiving honours at his graduation recital. He went on to study with Robert Gerle in Washington, D.C., and Daniel Majeske in Cleveland. 
Critics describe Mr. Diemecke as “a tremendously skilled musician” (Adrian Chamberlain)  

The Times Colonist says of his performance that he was able to create “moments of heart rending beauty” (Laurence E. MacDonald, The Flint Journal) and take command of “difficult runs, trills and double stops…without a single drop of perspiration.“(James Reel, The Arizona Daily Star) Pablo demonstrated “virtuosity and such a high level of playing that his audience …burst into applause before the work ended.” (Felizardo Andrade and Victor Luna, El Imparcial, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico)                    

Mr. Diemecke has developed an enormous repertoire of important works, featuring not only all of the major concerti and standard works for violin, but also a large number of fascinating Latin American concertos by composers such as Manuel Ponce, Carlos Chavez, Lavalle, Rodrigo, Bustos and others.Two of these Latin American concertos were premiered and dedicated to Pablo Diemecke.

Mr. Diemecke toured the Mediterranean, Europe, the British Isles, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland and Norway in 2007, playing a series of string quartet concerts in the Grand Princess Cruises’ Princess Theater, and in 2008, toured with together with the Artenostra Quartet.

Mr. Diemecke participated in the opening concert of a Mozart Festival in Florida (USA). Mr. Diemecke just returned from touring China, Japan, South Korea and Russia with a string quartet.

Among Pablo Diemecke’s awards and achievements are the following:

Gold Medal Grammy Award for the Carlos Chavez Violin Concerto, under "Best Classical Album", in 2002

Chosen for Grammy nomination for the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in 1994  

Award from the City of Victoria, BC

Golden Lyre Award of Mexico



Cuarteto                                                       Juan C. Arriaga  (1806-1826)

Oracion del Torero                                    Joaquin Turina   (1882-1949)

Andaluza                                                      Enrique Granados  (1867-1916)

Cuarteto in D minor                                  Israel Cahue (b. 1986)

Besame Mucho                                           Consuelo Velazquez  (1916-2005)

Jalousie                                                         Jacob Gade (1879-1963)

La Bikina                                                       Ruben Fuentes (b. 1926)

La llorona                                                     Public Domain

Estrellita                                                        Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948)

Rondinella                                                    Gori Cortes  (1910-1997)





Sat, Oct. 17

2:00 - 4:00 PM


$16.00 (Includes GST)

Flamenco Dance Workshop for Fun and Recreation by SANDRA CISNEROS

Sandra Cisneros, native of Almáchar, Málaga, Spain, graduated in the specialty of Flamenco Dance at the Conservatory of Málaga, and has studied with greats such as Javier Latorre, La Lupi, Fuensanta la Moneta, Farruquito, Joaquin Grilo, Carmen Talegona or Mercedes Ruiz among others.

She began her artistic career with Pilar Soto, when she first performed as a soloist. In 2010 she joined the Society of Spanish and Flamenco Dance "Soul Ballet" directed by dancers and choreographers Jose Galvan and Ana Ramirez.

In addition to performances in Spain, Sandra has developed artistic and educational projects in countries such as France, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco and Russia. She represented the province of Málaga in The Flamenco Festival of Lyon (France), created the show "The Language of Flowers" with dancer Nadia Mazur in Elf Poznan (Poland) and performed in the Tangier Flamenco Festival. 

She currently chairs with percussionist Fran Nuñez at the Association Flamenco "Jabera Studio" dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of flamenco in all its aspects through workshops, performances and various other projects

This workshop, which is for all ages and requires no previous experience, is presented as a way for everyone to directly  and personally experience and enjoy this authentic and exciting Spanish tradition.


Sat, Oct. 17

7:00 - 9:00 PM


$16.00 (Includes GST)




In the music of Sangria Jam you may hear the elegance of jazz, the fire of flamenco, or the passion of the bolero. However, it’s not so much a fusion as it is a spontaneous musical expression of life in Andalusia, Spain as felt by songwriter Nancy Ruth, along with the stellar Spanish musicians that complete the band. Nancy was born in Canada, making a second home in Malaga where she continues to explore her Spanish roots, absorbing the mystique of its rich airs of history and the spirited sounds of flamenco that reverberate through the winding streets of its Mediterranean villages. ‘Living here has gifted me with an endless source of inspiration, and bringing my songs to life with this band is incredibly fun. I think our live show transmits the ‘alegría’, or joy, that is at the root of our Southern Spanish nature… we live to play.’

The Harvest of Music festival edition of Sangria Jam is an international ensemble created by Nancy to perform a blend of Spanish music and jazz via her own original compositions as well as intriguing arrangements of famous boleros, tangos, etc.

With Rubén Portillo-guitar, Ron Hadley-piano, André Lachance-bass and Davide Sampaolo-percussion


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Nancy Ruth is a Canadian-born singer, songwriter, musician and recording artist. From accompanying herself on the piano and guitar, to fronting bands and headlining on the concert stage, she’s enjoyed an international performance career that’s explored genres as diverse as jazz, rock, broadway, latin and flamenco. Her Spanish roots eventually led her to Málaga, Spain, where she now resides and finds creative inspiration for her songwriting, weaving her influences in the Mediterranean breeze.
Growing up in a rustic log house in the temperate rain forest of British Columbia, she dreamed of a life of music and adventure. An early love of jazz was ignited by family jam sessions. She went on to study classical piano and voice with the Toronto Conservatory of Music, acting and theatre at Langara’s Studio 58, and further music studies at Douglas College in New Westminster.
Contrasting her early classical studies, she started her professional career singing in rock bands, touring Canada with Axess, Renaissance, and Aces High. She released her first self-penned album Nancy Ruth, in 1998. After a few years on the road she took time out to immerse herself in the jazz tradition. She fronted jazz trios in clubs and festivals in Canada, and performed as a pianist/ vocalist on several cruise ships and in international hotels. In 2004 she released an album of jazz standards called It’s Got To Be Love. A foray into musical theatre led to six seasons of starring in the Klondike show Beaver Creek Rendezvous. She was a guest vocalist with WEA recording artists The Lovehunters in Singapore, and when invited to perform for the Sultan of Brunei, she learned to sing in Malay and Indonesian during her month-long gig at the Royal Palace.
Always combining a love of travel and adventure with her musical career, she has enjoyed collaborations with Berber musicians in Morocco, Flamencos in Andalusia, and Polynesians in the South Pacific.

A performance with Panamanian composer Toño Robira incited encouragement for her to sing the boleros and ballads of Latin America. She subsequently recorded one of his compositions and co-wrote several songs in Spanish for the 2008 Home of Jazz release Me Quedo. Returning to Spain, she wrote and recorded Para Ti (Spectra Jazz, 2012) in both English and Spanish, then produced and starred in the show Trío Pasión, an homage to the music of Spain and Latin America, which toured theaters world-wide.
In 2013 she launched her one-woman show, a musical journey recounting her travels and life in Spain. She also recently formed a new band called Sangria Jam, featuring some of Spain’s most exciting talents. Combining her influences of jazz, flamenco and bolero into her songwriting, she says:  “I write what flows freely… I’m not trying to create a fusion, I just play what I feel.  I’m a product of my experience and surroundings.”