2022 Season

29th Season, 2022
West Coast Chamber Music

Join us for Four Live Concerts: February 20 – March 13 – April 10 – May 1, 2022.

We are so pleased to be able to welcome you this season. Audiences may be assured of a safe environment as attendees will be required to mask and present a vaccination passport, if still required by provincial health.

Please see our ticket page for all ticket information.


Unitarian Church of Vancouver
949 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Glorious Piano Quartets

Sunday, February 20, 2022 @ 3:30pm

Our season opens with two glorious piano quartets of the 19th Century. Robert Schumann’s powerful Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.47 is a masterful work, classic in design yet steeped in Romantic temperament. Camille Saint-Saens’ beautiful Piano Quartet in B flat major, Op.41 from later in the century is considered a masterpiece of the genre with its exquisite lyricism and bountiful textures.

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Three then Four

Sunday March 13, 2022 @ 3:30 PM

We begin in the 18th Century with the marvellous Piano Trio No.27 in C major by Franz Joseph Haydn, a piece brimming with the wit, charm and grace so associated with Haydn. Spiraling forward to the 20th Century, we’ll hear an evocative musical narrative: Juno-award winning Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Give me Phoenix Wings to Fly for Piano Trio. The concert culminates in a piece of great beauty: Piano Quartet No.2 in G minor, Op.45 by Gabriel Faure – a magnificent and generous work of late French Romanticism.

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Romantic Piano Trios

Sunday April 10, 2022 @ 3:30 PM

The exquisitely crafted Piano Trio in G minor, Op.3 by Ernest Chausson is a late Romantic work of rich musical content, displaying the clarity and colourful sonority so characteristic of French music. This work is paired with Johannes Brahms’ mighty Piano Trio in B major, Op.8. Brahms casts a powerful and rather dark ambience, exploring the full spectrum of musical and human expression across its expanse.

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Windy Explorations

Sunday May 1, 2022 @ 3:30 PM

This season’s finale features two stunning wind quintets scored for piano, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon. Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K452 offers elegant interweaving of the parts. It is said to be the inspiration for Ludwig van Beethoven’s more expansive Quintet in E flat major for Piano and Winds, Op.16. Both are masterpieces. Jacques Ibert’s Five Pieces for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon gives us a colourful and intimate contrast.

~ Program notes by Holly Duff ~