The last time Ensemble contemporain de Montréal + played Vancouver, they filled the Cellar with the irrepressible energy of a really great party. The leader of this famed new music big band is the equally energetic Véronique Lacroix, a conductor who has been compared to Leonard Bernstein for her "uncanny ability to call forth images from every note" (Georgia Straight). Don't miss ECM+ when they return with "Generation 2010," a pan-Canadian programme featuring four of Canada's most exciting young composers: Simon Martin, Chris Mayo, Cassandra Miller and Gordon Williamson.
David Stratkauskas, B3 Organ | Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Having just returned to the West Coast from London, David Stratkauskas is a musician to watch out for. Conductor, theorist, keyboard player and collaborator, he's equally at home at the piano and at the organ, and in classical music and jazz. Catch his brilliant programme of Bach and more when he makes his Music on Main debut on the Cellar's B3 organ.
Vern Griffiths, percussion | Tuesday, November 23, 2010
There's no question why percussionist Vern Griffiths is one of Vancouver's best-loved, and busiest, musicians. Principal percussionist of the Vancouver Symphony, a member of the Music on Main All-Star Band, Turning Point Ensemble and Standing Wave, studio musician, teacher; Vern brings unparalleled technique, unwavering commitment and unsurpassable musicianship to everything he does. Come hear him up-close-and-personal when he performs at the intimate Cellar Restaurant & Jazz Club with friends Lorna McGhee (flute), Rebecca Whitling (violin), and David Harding (viola). The programme includes music by Ravi Shankar, Michael Colgrass, Jeffery Cotton, Lou Harrison, and Vern himself.
Vicky Chow, piano | Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Vancouver-raised, New York-based pianist Vicky Chow has emerged as a leading musician. She's the pianist with the legendary Bang on a Can All-Stars, and her performances have been called "brilliant" by the New York Times. After performances across North America, Europe and Asia, she makes a homecoming solo concert for Music on Main. The programme includes the world premiere of a new work by Eliot Britton alongside Canadian premieres by Ryan Anthony Francis, Daniel Wohl, Andy Akiho, Evan Ziporyn, and Jakub Ciupinski.
Yegor Dyachkov, cello & Jean Saulnier, piano | Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Born in Moscow, Montreal-based cellist Yegor Dyachkov has been CBC's "Artist of the Year" and winner of the Young Canadian Musician Award. Now established as one of Canada's leading chamber musicians, Yegor has an inspired duo with the acclaimed pianist Jean Saulnier. Together, they bring a thrilling programme that includes seldom-heard music by Martinu, Kapustin and Ana Sokolovic alongside Beethoven and Piazzolla's Le grand tango.
Heather Pawsey, soprano & Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano | Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sensual, mystical, powerful: the three song cycles that soprano Heather Pawsey and pianist Rachel Iwaasa bring to the Cellar are not-to-be-missed for all music, poetry and dance lovers. Come hear John Harbison's Mirabai Songs and Leslie Uyeda's The First Woman. Then experience George Crumb's mesmerizing Apparition with new choreography by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and you'll discover why Heather and Rachel are two of Vancouver's most adventurous -- and sought-after -- musicians. A co-production with Astrolabe Musik Theatre.
Quatuor Bozzini | Tuesday, March 15, 2011
What's new for string quartet? Just ask Montreal's Quatuor Bozzini. With its irresistible passion for music, the quartet has premiered more than 100 new pieces, and has distinguished itself with performances ranging from traditional concert formats to avant-garde events. Risk-taking, and resistant to clichés, the quartet is a musical force heard around the world. Music on Main welcomes these four exceptional musicians back to Vancouver for a rare and remarkable programme: James Tenney's Arbor Vitæ, Walter Zimmermann's 10 Fränkische Tänze (sublimiert für Streichquartett) and Keuper, Christian Wolff's For 2 Violinists, Violist and Cellist , and John Cage's String Quartet in Four Parts.
Corey Hamm, piano | Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Cancelled due to illness. Please join us for the Borealis String Quartet on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Tickets have been automatically refunded at your point of purchase. Following his sold-out performance at the Cellar last season, pianist Corey Hamm returns with a brilliant programme of Russian music. Don't miss the jazz-influenced Second Sonata by Kapustin, two epic Etudes Tableaux by Rachmaninoff, Medtner's lyrical -- and menacing -- Two Fairy Tales, and a hair-raising transcription of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.
Borealis String Quartet | Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Across Asia and North America, Vancouver's Borealis String Quartet is praised for its fiery performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretations. Experience their high-octane performances for yourself, and you'll agree with the Globe and Mail that this quartet doesn't "let anyone cling to their sober stereotypes of classical music and chamber quartets." For their return to the Cellar, tthe quartet takes us on an all-Beethoven journey, including the Grosse Fuge.
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