Programs 2020-2021

28th Season, 2020 -2021
West Coast Chamber Music

As a prelude to the season, WCCM is pleased to present a Free Virtual Concert from the comfort of your own home: Dec.11-14/2020

Please register for this concert from the Tickets page.

Join us in 2021 if permitted, for Three Live Concerts: Sundays @ 3:00PM OR Monday @ 1:00PM

Every measure will be taken to ensure a safe, socially distanced environment. Masks are required, and concerts will be kept to one hour, no intermission. All tickets must be purchased in advance from our Tickets page. Attendees will receive further instructions as to the seating plan, allowing for those in the same household to sit together, arrival procedures and other COVID-19 safety protocols ahead of the concert.

When permitted by the province, please purchase tickets to these concerts from the Ticket page.

Virtual Option:

All three concerts will be recorded to be presented virtually the weekend following the live performances.

Please purchase tickets to these concerts from the Ticket page.


Unitarian Church of Vancouver
949 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Sonata for Piano and Violin, Op.47, “Kreutzer”

Virtual Viewing Period: Dec. 11th, 5:00PM (PST) – Dec. 14th, 11:59PM (PST)

Performed by the outstanding West Coast artists: pianist, Monica Pfau & violinist, Angela Cavadas

What better way to usher out 2020 – the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth – and to launch WCCM’s 28th season, than a performance of the “Kreutzer,” one of the greatest contributions to the chamber music literature? It is a piece of extraordinary eloquence, virtuosity and power. We hope you enjoy it!

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Trio of Trios

Viewing Period: January 22-25/ 2021

Live: Sunday January 17 @ 3:00PM/ OR Monday January 18 @ 1:00PM – CANCELLED
Virtual Viewing Period: Friday January 22 @ 5:00PM (PST) – Monday January 25@11:59PM(PST)

Franz Joseph Haydn – Trio IV in E major, Hob XV
Dmitri Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor
Heather Schmidt – Lunar Reflections for Piano Trio

Musicians: Alan Crane, Holly Duff, Angela Cavadas, Alexander Kramer

Spanning the centuries, this concert presents wonderful and contrasting piano trios for piano, violin and cello: Beginning in the 18th Century, we’ll hear Haydn’s charming and elegant Piano Trio in E major – From the 20th Century, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in E minor, a powerful work of great intensity – and from our current times, Canadian composer Heather Schmidt’s evocative and luminous Lunar Reflections depicting various full moons.

West Coast Chamber Music’s interview with Heather Schmidt

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Beethoven and Mahler

Live: February 28 @ 3:00/ OR March 1 @ 1:00
Virtual Viewing Period: Friday March 5 @ 5:00PM(PST) – Monday March 8 @ 11:59PM(PST)

Ludwig van Beethoven – The “Archduke Trio,” Op.97
Gustav Mahler – Piano Quartet in A minor

Musicians: Monica Pfau, Angela Cavadas, Roger Mangas, Rebecca Wenham

This concert features the grand Archduke Trio by Beethoven; a work monumental and glorious, and an absolute masterpiece of the genre. This is paired with the Piano Quartet in A minor, a single movement by Mahler; though short in duration, the music’s dark lyricism and foreboding mystery creates heft that belies its length.

West Coast Chamber Music’s interview with Monica Pfau

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Clarinet, Cello and Piano Trios

Virtual Viewing Period: Friday May 14th @ 5:00(PDT) to Monday May 17 @ 11:59(PDT)

Johannes Brahms – Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114
Marko Tajcevic – 7 Balkan Dances
Max Bruch – Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.83

Musicians: Michelle Anderson, Rebecca Wenham, Alan Crane, Holly Duff

The pleasing mix of clarinet, cello and piano creates invigorating and contrasting timbres and textures. The romantic Clarinet Trio in A minor by Brahms is the most famous piece for this combination, with its sonorous intermingling of parts – Tajcevic’s colourful and energetic Seven Balkan Dances are masterpieces in miniature – and Bruch’s Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano glow with great melodic invention and rich textures.

West Coast Chamber Music’s interview with Michelle Anderson

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~ Program notes by Holly Duff ~