26th Season, 2019
West Coast Chamber Music
January 20, February 17, March 17, and April 7
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
949 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo: West Coast Chamber Music artists’ friendly commentary with the audience is always well appreciated.
Scherzo movement from the Schumann Piano Quintet in Eb
Recorded at the January 23, 2011 performance
Sunday, January 20, 2019 @ 3:30 PM
We’ll open our season in the 18th Century in the capable hands of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and listen to his Duo for Violin and Viola in Bb major, K 424. His wide variety of lyrical ideas and rich harmonies create a work of substance where it’s hard to believe only two are playing. Franz Joseph Haydn’s most popular trio, his Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, “Gypsy Trio” is elegant and perfectly crafted, and gains its nickname from the gypsy folk tunes of its spirited finale. This concert culminates in Cesar Franck’s magnificent Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34. This monumental and emotional work is written in lush textures and soaring melodies.
Sunday, February 17, 2019 @ 3:30 PM
This concert will span three centuries beginning in the 18th with one of Mozart’s finest trios, his Piano Trio in C major, K548. It’s a work both poised and refined, yet embedded with musical ideas of weight and power. WCCM will be delighted to perform Old Photographs, a piano trio of the 21st Century by Canadian composer, Christos Hatzis, an evocative work featuring a variety of styles from impressionistic to romantic to jazz. We’ll finish by travelling back into the 19th Century and hearing Antonin Dvorak’s glorious Piano Quartet in Eb major, Op.87 with its long lines and fulsome textures.
Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 3:30 PM
The musical and personal triangle that bound Robert Schumann with his wife Clara and Brahms is legendary. Certainly, these three linked composers wrote beautiful and highly original music straight from the heart. We’ll enjoy Johannes Brahms’ lyrical and resonant Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano, Op.100, Clara Schumann’s masterpiece, her celebrated Piano Trio in G minor, Op.17, and Robert Schumann’s exuberant Piano Trio No.2 in F major, Op.80, a work expressive and full of optimism.
Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ 3:30 PM
This wind, string and piano concert presents two duos in the rich Germanic tradition. Robert Schumann’s Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op.94 offer beautiful and graceful intertwining melodies, while Johannes Brahms’ Sonata for Viola and Piano in F minor, Op.120, No.1 is stirring, dramatic and expansive. Three come together in Francis Poulenc’s colourful Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon. This music is jovial, energetic and bright in tone, and quintessentially French. The Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola and Piano by Charles Martin Loeffler written in the French tradition, is impressionistic with freely flowing contrasts in timbre and texture.
~ Program notes by Holly Duff ~
Series Subscription Tickets
$70 regular | $50 students and seniors | $32 children (ages 6-12)
Each subscription includes one free ticket to any W.C.C.M. concert, plus a chance to win a generous gift certificate to:
a delectable French restaurant on Main at 23rd.
Single Performance Tickets
January 20, February 17, March 17, and April 7:
$22 regular | $16 students and seniors | $10 children (ages 6-12)