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
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.
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.
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.
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 ~