Described as "delectable”, “forceful” and “rhapsodic" (Times Colonist), the Borealis String Quartet is one of the most engaging chamber music ensembles in Vancouver. Don't miss their all-Beethoven season opener for Music on Main. Tickets also available at the door.
Red Chamber | Tuesday October 14, 2008
Comprised entirely of traditional plucked Chinese instruments, Red Chamber is an impassioned ensemble that spends as much time reflecting on the ancient sounds of the Imperial Court as they do exploring the realms of bluegrass, jazz, and new music. Pushing the boundaries of their instruments, this fiery all-female ensemble performs with unparalleled power and fervour.
The Davidsbündler Duo | Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Violist Reg Quiring and pianist Rosemary O’Connor are The Davidsbündler Duo, known for their exciting and deeply engaging exploration of the viola and piano repertoire. For their Music on Main debut they present a program of dramatic and hauntingly beautiful 20th century works including pieces by Darius Milhaud, Toru Takemitsu, Benjamin Britten, and Paul Hindemith.
Melanie Krueger soprano & Daniel Chow, piano | Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Join highly acclaimed musicians Melanie Krueger (soprano) and Daniel Chow (piano) for a fun and passionate evening of exquisite song that delves into the world of cabaret, operetta, tango and more! Highlights include Schoenberg’s Brettl-Lieder (Cabaret Songs), songs by Leonard Cohen and Kurt Weill, and tango pieces performed with special guest accordionist Sara Ciantar.
Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal | Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Co-presented by Vancouver Pro Musica
The future of the free world may lie in wait this evening, but why not instead come to hear the future of music? Conductor Véronique Lacroix has been compared to Leonard Bernstein for her "uncanny ability to call forth images from every note" (Georgia Straight). Now that's the sort of leader that gets our vote. She travels from Montreal with her acclaimed new music big band to present "Generation 2008" a pan-Canadian programme of new works from emerging composers Michael Berger, Scott Good, Fuhong Shi, and Brian Harman.
Alcan String Quartet | Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Pacific Rim String Quartet | Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The Pacific Rim String Quartet is a compelling new addition to Vancouver's chamber music scene - a passionate quartet who embraces wide-ranging repertoire, from newly composed music to string quartet classics. Their return engagement for Music on Main brings together a rarely heard quartet by the Czech Romantic Smetana alongside Schostakovich's tragic String Quartet No.8.
Robert Silverman, piano | Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Robert Silverman is one of Canada’s most respected and beloved pianists; a musician who, in his own words, strives “to bring the notes on the page to life as vividly as possible.” He has performed in prestigious concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear him perform an intimate piano recital at the Cellar with his stellar programme of Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, and Schumann's Symphonic Etudes.
Daniel Bolshoy, guitar | Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Tickets available at the door. Praised for his charismatic stage presence and thrilling technical expertise, Montrealer Daniel Bolshoy is Canada's classsical Guitar Hero. For his Music on Main debut he presents a varied program of solo guitar repertoire with an international flavour, featuring the music of Canadian, Israeli, Paraguayan and Brazilian composers.
The Chiara Trio with pianist Soyeon Lee | Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Live from New York... It's Tuesday night. The musicians of New York's Chiara Trio have been hailed as "luminous," "searing," (New York Times) "soulful," "biting," and possessing a "potent collective force" (Strings Magazine). Joined by Korean pianist Soyeon Lee, this passionate foursome serves up great classical fare, featuring works by Mozart, Dohnanyi, and Schumann.
Featuring: Julie Yoon, violin; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello; Soyeon Lee, piano
The Nu:BC Collective | Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The Nu:BC Collective is the UBC School of Music's newest professional ensemble-in-residence, whose performances have been described by the Georgia Straight as “spellbinding” and “groundbreaking”. With a fresh and innovative take on contemporary music, this performance will highlight music by Canadian composers Dorothy Chang and Chris Paul Harman, in addition to a world premiere commission by Vancouver’s own Christopher Sivak. Also featuring The Body of Your Dreams by avant pop composer Jacob TV, a hilarious work for boombox and piano that takes an infomercial for the Abdomenizer and sets it to music.
Featuring: Paolo Bortolussi, flute; Erika Block, clarinet; Eric WIlson, cello; Corey Hamm, piano
Brian Mix, cello | Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A Georgia Straight Critic's Pick! When Brian Mix made his Music on Main debut in February of 2007, he presented three of J.S. Bach’s inimitable Suites for Solo Cello in an engaging and beautiful performance. He returns to the cellar this season to perform two more of these brilliant works on baroque cello. Don’t miss it!
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Suite No. 4 for Solo Cello, BWV 1010 & Suite No. 5 for Solo Cello, BWV 1011
Heather Pawsey, soprano; AK Coope, clarinet & Leslie Uyeda, piano | Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Soprano Heather Pawsey, clarinettist AK Coope, and pianist/composer Leslie Uyeda are musicians particularly noted for their brilliant musicality and fearlessly innovative approaches to contemporary music. Highlighting this evening is the world premiere of The Sex Lives of Vegetables, five songs for soprano, clarinet and piano by Leslie Uyeda, based on poetry by Lorna Crozier. (The poet herself will read about those frisky carrots and prudish peas, too.) This exceptional evening of song and poetry will also feature works by Francis Poulenc, Franz Lachner, Clifford Crawley, and many others.
Robyn Driedger-Klassen, soprano & Terence Dawson, piano | Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Described as a singer “with pure tone, absolute clarity of diction and vivid characterisation," soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen has won over audiences across Canada and around the globe. Joined by acclaimed pianist Terence Dawson, this duo will present an endearing array of songs including Try Me Good King (a song cycle by American composer Libby Larsen) alongside emotionally powerful works by Richard Strauss, Osvaldo Golijov, Henri Duparc and Gary Kalish. A gorgeous way to close the season at the Cellar!
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