Chamber Music Festival July 29th to 31st, 2022

 

 

What a year! That is how I started this text last year.  More ups and downs, limited hall capacities, more cancellations, more cases of COVID.  We did manage to have our series in Barcelona although had to postpone one of the concerts numerous times.  The opera season was almost complete except for all the tours which were cancelled.  But we were still able to practice and rehearse (with masks!) and we have become very accustomed to last minute changes.

 

We plan to go ahead with this summer's festival on Denman Island.  Since a long time, some good friends have been requesting chamber works by Tchaikovsky and this year will be the one!  I decided that an all-Tchaikovsky festival would be too much so have broadened the theme to include his compatriots.  Once again I find myself with the big problem of how to choose!

 

There is so much fantastic Russian music.  Especially in the 20th Century.  One thing that it all has in common is that it is very intense music.  Emotions are deep and strong.  Effects are extreme.  Come well rested to the concerts because the musical voyages are exhausting!  Shostakovitch wrote a quartet dedicated to the victims of war and fascism.  Tchaikovksy's Third Quartet is dedicated to his friend who passed away suddenly. Prokofiev includes sounds of the arrival of the KGB in the apartment blocks to send people to the gulag (or worse).  Schnittke has visions of his own death. But along with dark thoughts there is also uttermost beauty. Everything is magnified.  And extremely well composed. 

 

 

"Festival Highlights" Thursday, July 28th.  7:00 p.m

   Comox United Church (250 Beach Drive, Comox)

     

 

Prokofiev and Rachmaninov Sonatas. Friday, July 29th. 7:00 p.m.

Denman Island Community Hall

    

 

Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich Quartets.  Sat., July 30th.  4:00 p.m.

Denman Island Community Hall

    

 

Tchaikovsky and Schnittke Trios. Sunday, July 31st. 2:30 p.m. 

Denman Island Community Hall

 

Kai Gleusteen, violin

Sharon Stanis, violin

Dan Scholz, viola

Beth Root Sandvoss, cello

Catherine Ordronneau, piano

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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