Brian, Don and team are heavily involved in the Performing Arts Communities of both the Comox Valley and Powell River. Over the past 7 years you may have noticed their presence at:
PRISMA: Formerly known as SOAP, located in Powell River BC. The Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy offers a unique program that prepares music students and young professionals for a career in music performance. PRISMA is designed to assist students in obtaining the necessary tools to win a position in a professional orchestra. Students work with internationally renowned artists from the world's finest symphony orchestra's who put them through an intensive in-depth training program. Balfe / Somers Wealth Management has been a huge supporter and sponsor since 2007, escorting hundreds of music lovers across Georgia Strait in June for a full Orchestral Symphony Matinee for the past 7 years. www.orchestra-academy.ca
SSO: The Strathcona Symphony Orchestra is a unique regional orchestra which draws musicians of all ages from the communities of the Comox Valley, Campbell River and surrounding areas. The SSO is dedicated to the development of a year round orchestra to enrich our communities with a wide variety of classical and contemporary music that spans the centuries and appeals to people of all ages. Established in 2005, despite being told that there were not enough strings to start an orchestra, the SSO had the tenacity to endure and has now become an established orchestra which grows every year. www.strathconasymphony.com
CYMC: The Comox Valley Youth Music Centre was founded originally as a summer retreat for the Vancouver Junior Symphony, and is now in its 45th year. Their mandate, to provide musical improvement and advancement to music students, is achieved primarily with the operation of the CYMC International Summer Youth Music School and Festival, a school for aspiring instrumentalists, singers and actors. The success of a program such as CYMCs is often measured by the success of its students in later life. Among its former students (such as Diana Krall, Ingrid Jensen and Nancy Argenta), we can count leaders in all fields of musical performance, musical education and musical production and promotion. www.cymc.ca
LIVE from the MET OPERA: Liaised with CYMC, in 2008 Balfe / Somers facilitated bringing Live Opera to the Comox Valley on varying Saturdays from September through April which has now been going strong for the past 4 years. This true New York experience has been a welcome diversion for Comox Valley residents.