Concert marks Pentland centenary

The 100th anniversary of the birth of modern Canadian composer Barbara Pentland is being marked with a concert in Langley Friday night.

Mexican pianist Edison Quintana and Kwantlen music instructor Jane Hayes are part of A Pentland Celebration featuring the works of modern Canadian composer Barbara Pentland.

The 100th anniversary of the birth of modern Canadian composer Barbara Pentland is being marked with a special commemorative concert in Langley Friday night.

A Pentland Celebration – hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Canadian Music Centre B.C. region – will feature pianist Jane Hayes of the university’s music faculty, along with the Borealis String Quartet, guest bassist David Brown from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Mexican pianist Edison Quintana.

The 90-minute concert, presented Oct. 19 at Kwantlen’s Langley campus auditorium at 7:30 p.m., is free; donations accepted on behalf of the CMC-BC.

Hayes was attracted to the Pentland project because it allowed her to immerse herself in works from the recent past – as well as allow the public a chance to hear works from a Canadian composer whose body of work isn’t often heard in a concert setting.

“This concert will hopefully open the ears of anyone attending to the compositional journey that one composer took in a creative life spanning over 60 years,” Hayes said.

A Pentland Celebration is one of several tributes taking place across Canada marking the centenary.