2020 Program

27th Season, 2020
West Coast Chamber Music

Join us for 4 Sunday afternoon concerts @ 3:30pm:
January 19, February 16, March 8, and April 5 (Cancelled)

Unitarian Church of Vancouver
949 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Photo: West Coast Chamber Music artists’ friendly commentary with the audience is always well appreciated.

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Scherzo movement from the Schumann Piano Quintet in Eb
Recorded at the January 23, 2011 performance

Photo: West Coast Chamber Music artists' friendly commentary  with the audience is always well appreciated.

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The Romantic Spirit

Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 3:30 PM

We open the season with Canadian composer Christine Donkin’s Piano Trio, an expressive work of sparkling clarity and romantic in spirit. Turning to the 19th Century, we’ll hear Edvard Grieg’s Violin and Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 45, sweet, soulful and rich in Norwegian folk elements. Johannes Brahms’ epic Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor, Op.60 closes this concert, written on a grand scale and considered one of the greatest chamber works of the Romantic era.


Bohemian Piano Quintets

Sunday February 16, 2020 @ 3:30 PM

This concert presents two immense and magnificent piano quintets for strings and piano from the late 19th Century. Both works offer a nationalistic flavour and explore the wide spectrum of human emotions. The Piano Quintet in A minor, Op.12 by Vitezslav Novak is a stirring and majestic work and brings forward stylized Moravian folk song material. This work is paired with the Piano Quintet in A major, Op.81 by Antonin Dvorak. This masterful work includes attractive Bohemian folk elements and exhibits fulsome textures and intense lyricism.


Wind Collage

Sunday March 8, 2020 @ 3:30 PM

This delightful concert features music for piano, bassoon, clarinet and flute in various engaging combinations. We’ll hear Maurice Emmanuel’s quasi impressionistic and beautiful Sonata Op.11 for Flute, Clarinet and Piano as well as Carl Reinecke’s sumptuous Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 167, “Undine.” Next we’ll enjoy the two lively and virtuosic Concert Pieces, Op.113 & 114 for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano by Felix Mendelssohn, and lastly the enduring and endearing Trio, Op.11 for the same combination by Ludwig van Beethoven.


Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” and the Music of Dvorak


Dear Audience Members.

As you all will no doubt have gathered, we have had to cancel the concert tentatively scheduled for June 6. The continuing restriction in BC to gatherings of 50 people or less makes this cancellation necessary.

There is still some chance of presenting this wonderful program (Beethoven "Kreutzer" Sonata for Piano and Violin, Dvorak Piano Trio in f minor) at some point in the Fall. We will all just have to wait and see what the COVID 19 situation is in September.

Options for ticket holders for this concert (originally scheduled for April 5) are:

  1. Hang on to your tickets and use them in the Fall, should we still be able to go ahead with this program.
  2. If we are not able to go ahead with a Fall concert your ticket can be used for any of our 2021 concerts.
  3. Consider donating the cost of your April 5 ticket to West Coast Chamber Music. Our organization, along with every other arts group, has of course been negatively impacted by this crisis.
  4. Apply for a refund. Email westcoastchambermusic@hotmail.com or call 604-879-9959.

Be well Everybody and let's all keep our hopes up that the situation will continue to improve and that we will all be able to look forward to a full Performing Arts season in Vancouver during the coming year.


~ Program notes by Holly Duff ~