Top musicians set to play at Victoria Summer Music Festival

New to the VSMF are the internationally renowned Gryphon Trio as well as Victoria’s violin duo, the Chooi Brothers.

Some of North America’s best soloists and chamber musicians will perform at this this year’s Victoria Summer Music Festival.

The festival runs from July 28 to Aug. 11 at Phillip T. Young Recital Hall at the University of Victoria.

Returning to the VSMF stage are Gary Karr and Harmon Lewis with an evening of 18 double basses; the Alcan Quartet; cellist Eugene Osadchy with pianist Arthur Rowe; and the Dover Quartet, back for two concerts.

New to the VSMF for the 20th season celebration are the internationally renowned Gryphon Trio as well as Victoria’s dynamic violin duo, the Chooi Brothers.

Tuesday, July 28

Basses Loaded XIX in the traditional festival opener, Gary Karr, double bass, and Harmon Lewis, piano, introduce 18 double bassists from around the world who have spent July at the KarrKamp summer workshop.

Thursday, July 30

The Alcan Quartet (Laura Andriani and Nathalie Camus, violins; Luc Beauchemin, viola; and David Ellis, cello), performs quartets by Haydn (op.52 no.1) and Beethoven (op. 135); Borodin’s A-flat Major Scherzo, and Andrew MacDonald’s Perfect Day.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

Eugene Osadchy, former principal cello of the CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra and now professor of cello at the University of North Texas, returns to join festival’s artistic director Arthur Rowe, piano, in sonatas by Beethoven (G Minor op. 5, no.2), Debussy, and Rachmaninoff (G Minor, op. 19).

Friday, Aug. 7

Victoria natives Nikki and Timothy Chooi, violins, and Lorraine Min, piano, join forces in a wide-ranging program of works for one or two violins and piano by Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Sarasate, and Arcuri.

Saturday, Aug. 8

The Gryphon Trio (Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin; Roman Borys, cello; and Jamie Parker, piano) with piano trios by Haydn and Mendelssohn, as well as Wijeratne’s Love triangle.

Monday, Aug. 10 and Tuesday, Aug.11

After two sold-out VSMF concerts last season, the Dover String Quartet (Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violins; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; and Camden Shaw, cello) returns with two  programs.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., usually preceded by a talk at 6:40 p.m.

For tickets information, please go online to vsmf.org or telephone 250-294-7778.

 

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