Chamber Music Kelowna 2008 - 2009 Concert Series

Friday, October 3, 2008 -Michael Partington, classical guitar with Kairos String Quartet
Friday, November 14, 2008 -St. Petersburg String Quartet
Thursday, January 22, 2009 - UBCO Campus
Friday, January 23, 2009 -Gryphon Trio with James Campbell
Friday, February 20, 2009 -Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Thursday, March 26, 2009 -James Ehnes, violin; Andrew Russo, piano

Friday, October 3, 2008 - 7:30pm
Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts
6:30pm Gala Reception in RCA Atrium

Michael Partington, classical guitar with Kairos String Quartet (USA)

Carrie Rehkopf, violin
Heather Netz, violin
Timothy Betts, viola
John Michel, cello

"“...lyricism, intensity and clear technical command... Partington is an intelligent and articulate young guitarist, one to be welcomed without reservation." - Chris Kilvington, Classical Guitar Magazine

"An absolutely wonderful performance.... flawless technique and musicianship.... warm tone, clear articulation with well-shaped melodic lines and finely controlled contrasts of dynamics and tone-colour ... impressive clarity and security."

The Kairos String Quartet brings together four exciting U.S. soloists and teachers and joins with acclaimed British-born classical guitarist Michael Partington in a panoramic programme of music from Baroque to 20th C. composers. All five performers are highly dedicated to the development of young music students and are in high demand for master classes and workshops throughout the U.S.

Program

Luigi Boccherini, Guitar Quintet in G major, No. 448
Astor Piazzolla - Milonga del Angel (arr. Thompson)
Niccolo Paganini - Quartet in A major, No. 15
Joaquín Rodrigo - Fandango
Stephen Goss - from Frozen Music
Leo Brouwer - From Yesterday to Penny Lane

Friday, November 14, 2008 - 7:30pm
Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts

St. Petersburg String Quartet (Russia)

Alla Aranovskaya, violin
Alla Krolevich, violin
Boris Vayner, viola
Leonid Shukayev, cello

One of the world's leading string quartets, the St. Petersburg was founded in 1985 as the Leningrad Quartet by Alla Aranovskaya, Alla Krolevich (Goryainova) and Leonid Shukayev, all three graduates of the Leningrad Conservatory. In their early years, the quartet blazed a trail through international chamber music competitions and when the city of Leningrad resumed its historic name, the Quartet changed its name to the St. Petersburg String Quartet. The quartet has continued its ascendancy, building a reputation of worldwide proportions. The Quartet held the respected position of Quartet-in-Residence at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1999 to 2003. They have earned the acclaim of audiences from Toronto to Tokyo, from Lithuania to London.

"You might think that discipline, passion and impetuousness inhabit different universes, but the St. Petersburg String Quartet has morphed the three into a powerful musical persona." - Joan Reinthaler, The Washington Post

Program

Selections TBA from Borodin, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 3:30pm UBCO Campus
SPECIAL EVENT: FREE LECTURE & MUSICAL DEMONSTRATION

THE GRYPHON TRIO & JAMES CAMPBELL

Chamber Music Kelowna is pleased, in a collaborative partnership with UBCO, to present a fascinating lecture/demonstration of the "Colour, For the End of Time" project. This event will be featured as apart of the enormously successful Minds & Music series and will feature all of the musicians performing in CMK's January concert. The musicians have done a great deal of research into the field of synesthesia, the remarkable link between art, science, music and colour, as well as the history surrounding the composition of what is arguably the greatest piece of 20th Century chamber music ever written - Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. This lecture/demonstration will take place 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2009 on the campus of UBCO in Lecture Hall #204 in the Fipke Building (campus map available at web.ubc.ca/Okanagan).

This event is open to the public and free.

Friday, January 23, 2009 - 7:30pm
Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts

Gryphon Trio with James Campbell (Canada)

Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin
Roman Borys, cello
Jamie Parker, piano
James Campbell, clarinet

Celebrating their 15th anniversary season, the Gryphon Trio continues to delight audiences around the globe. As Canada's pre-eminent ensemble, the Trio continues to be actively involved in teaching, recording award-winning CD's and nurturing future generations of both classical musicians and audiences. James Campbell has performed as soloist and guest artist in most of the world's major concert halls and in collaboration with other internationally renowned soloists and ensembles.

"Campbell flies up and down the clarinet's register, making it seem easy: some of his top notes are sublime. This is a performance to rank with the best." - Gramaphone

""...the Gryphon Trio.... is one of the best ensembles of its kind in the world, consistently making music of rare excellence." - Robert Harris, Globe and Mail

Program

Beethoven Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano No. 4 in B flat major ("Gassenhauer"), Op. 11
Messaien Quartet for the End of Time

Color … for the End of Time

In celebration of Olivier Messiaen's 100th anniversary, the Gryphon Trio's presentation of the Quartet for the End of Time brings art together with science in an experience that reveals remarkable connections between sound and color.

Friday, February 20, 2009 - 7:30pm
Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts

Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Canada); Marc Destrubé, guest leader

"Vancouver's answer to Tafelmusik." - William Littler, Toronto Star

"There's been a lot of Handel on tap for Vancouver audiences in the last couple of seasons. None has been more enjoyable than the Pacific Baroque Orchestra's season opener... stylishly intense playing.... impeccable command of authentic performance practices... always with taste and refinement" - David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun

Recognized as one of North America's most exciting and innovative period-instrument ensembles, Vancouver's Pacific Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1990 by a group of West Coast musicians specializing in baroque and early classical repertoire. The orchestra has consistently held to its mandate of presenting music of the past in lively and imaginative performances. True to its name, the orchestra performs the music of the Baroque period (17th and 18th centuries) on period instruments (or replicas) in an informed historical style.

Program

Selections TBA , from Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Scarlatti, Lully, Albinoni

This performance is made possible by the generous support of MusicFest Vancouver (formerly Festival Vancouver) through their Windsor Plywood Spectacular Music BC program.