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 (New Date: June 6)

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.

We serve refreshments...
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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

NEW DATE: Saturday June 6, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

With the current COVID 19 crisis we are of course obliged to postpone our April 5 Concert. We are tentatively rescheduling the concert to Saturday June 6, at 7:00 pm, Unitarian Church of Vancouver. We are disappointed to not be able to offer the usual Sunday afternoon time for this program. As a reminder, the program features Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata for Violin and Piano and the Dvorak Trio for Piano and Strings in f minor and is sure to be a fantastic concert. We will be able to confirm a few weeks ahead of June 6 whether or not we will be able to proceed with that date.

Options for ticket holders for April 5:

1. If you are able to attend a June 6 concert, hang on to your April 5 tickets and use them on June 6
2. Hang on to your April 5 ticket and use it for any concert in the 2021 season.
3. Consider donating the cost of your April 5 ticket to West Coast Chamber Music. Our organization, along with every other arts group, is heavily impacted by the current crisis.
4. Apply for a refund. Email westcoastchambermusic@hotmail.com or phone 604-879-9959.

Be well Everybody and let’s all keep our hopes up for a timely end to this crisis.


~ Program notes by Holly Duff ~