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Friends of Chamber Music

CHAMBER MUSIC’S LONGSTANDING COMPANIONS

Friends of Chamber Music brings the finest touring ensembles to Vancouver to play masterworks of chamber music for you. This “small group” music holds a special place in the hearts, minds, and ears of composers, musicians, and audiences alike. The connection and exchange between musicians and audience at these live concerts is transformative for both.

Founded in 1948, the Friends present their 69th annual series at the intimate Vancouver Playhouse. Concertgoers can hear fresh takes on melodies composed by Haydn, Mozart’s sublime clarinet quintet, and monumental string quartets by Beethoven. Revel in elegant and touching works by Leclair, Schubert, and Mendelssohn, as well as the romantic sweep of Brahms and Grieg. Experience the lightness of Chausson, Fauré, Françaix, and Ravel, and then the modern dynamism and diverse sounds of Schoenberg, Bartók, Janáček, Schulhoff, Khachaturian, and Shostakovich.

Performers include the multiple Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet, the celebrated Takács Quartet, the dynamic Han Finckel Setzer Trio, youthful Escher Quartet, polished Pražák Quartet, and passionate Israeli Chamber Project. The Friends also present other exciting and varied groups, including pianists Alessio Bax and Gloria Chen; clarinetist David Shifrin; violinists Ani Kavafian and Arnaud Sussman; violists Yura Lee, Richard O’Neill, and Matthew Lipman; and cellists Nicholas Canellakis and Paul Watkins. Each ensemble offers the audience a chance to hear musicians who blend their individual talents through discipline and training, allowing this extraordinary music to speak through them, yet each group with their own particular sound.

Also, audiences can look forward to the 63rd annual Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition, a free public concert in spring 2017.

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ESCHER QUARTET
September 13, 2016
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
Time: 8:00pm

ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT
October 18, 2016
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
Time: 8:00pm

A NIGHT IN VIENNA CMS STRING SEXTET
November 13, 2016
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
Time: 3:00pm

TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET
December 4, 2016
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
Time: 3:00pm

FAURÉ AND BRAHMS CMS PIANO QUARTET
January 24, 2017
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
Time: 8:00pm

PRAŽÁK QUARTET
February 21, 2017
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
Time: 8:00pm

PARISIAN ELEGANCE CMS PIANO & STRINGS
March 19, 2017
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
Time: 3:00pm

EMERSON STRING QUARTET
March 26, 2017
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
Time: 3:00pm

HAN FINCKEL SETZER TRIO
April 11, 2017
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
Time: 3:00pm

REDEMPTION: MOZART & CMS CLARINET, PIANO AND STRINGS
May 2, 2017
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
Time: 8:00pm

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