Significance of Bowker Creek watershed featured in classical concert in Victoria – Saanich News


The Emily Carr String Quartet’s March 11 concert at Christ Church Cathedral will make an 11,500-year-old resident of Oak Bay and Saanich a guest of honor; the Bowker Creek watershed.

In honor of World Water Day on March 22, the Water Concert includes a special presentation by the Friends of Bowker Creek Society following a performance of music by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer and Claude Debussy. The 5 p.m. concert, which takes place online and in person, is the second in the six-part series by the cathedral and the quartet Earth Songs: Music for Climate Justice.

The dedication and presentation of the Bowker Creek watershed incorporates both the theme of this year’s World Water Day: groundwater, and the subject matter of the two composers.

Prior to urbanization, the watershed extending just west of the University of Victoria campus to Bowker Drive in Oak Bay significantly supported the Garry Oak ecosystem and had significant populations of salmon coho and cutthroat trout, according to a news release from the Bowker Creek Society.

Schafer (1933-2021) popularized the term “soundscape” in compositions by incorporating sounds from nature. His featured song, Waves, is a musical rendition of his recordings and analysis of ocean waves on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, with patterns that mimic wave crests. The String Quartet in G minor by Debussy (1862-1918) was selected for the concert for its watery and impressionistic sound.

During the concert, it will be possible to make a donation to the Peninsula Streams Society.

The Water concert and others in the series, which runs through June, aim to “call attention to the need for personal action to reverse the climate crisis”. The next concert, Land, will take place on April 22. “Each concert focuses on a different facet of our relationship with the natural world, aiming to educate, entertain and inspire change.”

For complete event information and tickets, visit The cathedral is located at the corner of Quadra Street and Rockland Avenue.

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