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BENJAMIN APPL

Selected as Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year in 2016, baritone Benjamin Appl was a member of the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme from 2014-16, as well as a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist and an ECHO Rising Star. A captivating and riveting singer, Benjamin is celebrated by audiences and critics alike for a voice that “belongs to the last of the old great masters of song“ with “an almost infinite range of colours“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung). He will perform with pianist James Baillieu, a regular and beloved presence on the VRS stage. Leila has spent several years attempting to book Benjamin‘s Vancouver debut… be there and prepare to be wowed!!

SCHUBERT | TCHAIKOVSKY | RICHARD STRAUSS | HAHN | SOMERVELL | VAUGHN WILLIAMS| SCHUMANN|BOLCOM | QUILTER | IVOR GURNEY | SCHÖNBERG | GRIEG | ILSE WEBER | JAMES MACMILLAN

“The way he navigated the song’s transformation, from disappointment to obsession, was so gripping and troublingly real, I heard people all around me exhale afterward, as if Mr. Appl had rendered them breathless.” — The New York Times

 

Ticket prices: A: $63 B: $48 C: $28

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Next Generation Artist sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

 

Concert sponsor: Allison Hart

 

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MAO FUJITA

CANADIAN DEBUT!

24-year-old Mao Fujita was only 17 and still studying at the Tokyo College of Music when he won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland. His captivating performances landed him the Silver Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019. Upon hearing him perform, Leila was smitten and booked him to visit Vancouver at the first possible opportunity. Mao’s meteoric rise is fascinating and extraordinary. He has a rare talent for Mozart which is why we have chosen an all-Mozart sonata program for his Canadian debut!

MOZART: Sonata No. 7 in C major, K. 309
MOZART: Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310/300d
MOZART: Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major, K. 333
MOZART: Sonata No. 9 in D major, K. 311

“Fujita is a musician of tremendous versatility and taste, with a poetic sense of pulse and eloquent, insightful, fearless articulation.” — The Times

 

Ticket prices: A: $63 B: $48 C: $28

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Next Generation Artist sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

 

Concert sponsor: Joyce and Tony

 

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ANDREA LUCCHESINI

After a gap of way too many years, Italian pianist Andrea Lucchesini returned to the VRS in 2018 and played such a wonderful concert that we immediately re-engaged him. Unfortunately, his 2021 concert was another casualty of the pandemic, but we are so pleased to welcome him back for this performance of Fantasies.

SCHUBERT: Sonata in G major, D. 894
SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

“A refined touch and a beguiling sense of Schubertian style.” — The Telegraph

 

Ticket prices: A: $88 B: $63 C: $28

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Concert sponsor: Ann Harding

 

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KANNEH-MASON FAMILY CELEBRATION

ISATA KANNEH-MASON, piano
BRAIMAH KANNEH-MASON, violin
SHEKU KANNEH-MASON, cello
KONYA KANNEH-MASON, piano & violin
JENEBA KANNEH-MASON, piano & cello
AMINATA KANNEH-MASON, violin & piano
MARIATU KANNEH-MASON, cello & piano

VRS patrons are very familiar with two members of the prodigiously talented Kanneh-Mason family: cellist Sheku and pianist Isata, who made their Canadian debuts in a sold-out recital on our stage in 2017 (the duo returned in 2019, and Isata performed a solo recital in 2022). Incredibly, there are five additional Kanneh-Mason siblings, ranging in age from 11 to 24 years old, all of whom play either violin, piano or cello. They have won many prizes and awards and appeared in numerous television shows. In October 2020, they released their first album ‘Carnival’ on Decca Classics to great critical acclaim, and in May 2021 received the Global Award for Best Classical Artist. All the children attend or have attended London’s Royal Academy of Music and its Primary and Junior Academies, except pianist Jeneba who has progressed to London’s Royal College of Music for her undergraduate studies.

BEETHOVEN, MENDELSSOHN, RACHMANINOV, SHOSTAKOVICH, BRAHMS & MORE

 

“Probably the most talented family in the world.” — Simon Cowell

 

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GEORGE HINCHLIFFE’S UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

Ready for something a little different? George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming ukulele players whose concerts are a funny, virtuosic, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll featuring the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices. Formed in 1985 as “a bit of fun”, the orchestra’s first gig was an instant sell-out. The ensemble has gone on to play concerts around the world at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, and Carnegie Hall. By royal request, the orchestra proudly performed at a private 90th birthday party for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. With a love of irreverent wit and a penchant for reinterpretation, their catalogue is a collection of rock, pop, jazz, blues and classical music. You won’t want to miss these pluckers!

“Absolutely the best of British.” — Michael Palin of Monty Python

 

Ticket prices: A: $88 B: $74 C: $63 D: $45 E: $28

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Concert sponsor: The Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation

 

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TOM BORROW

CANADIAN DEBUT!

22-year-old Tom Borrow is precisely the kind of young artist we get excited about. Described as “the very definition of ‘one to watch’” (International Piano Magazine), he was named a BBC New Generation Artist for 2021-23, a coveted and prestigious designation that has earned him engagements at Wigmore Hall and appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In July 2022, Tom made his debut at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall to critical acclaim. He currently studies at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, and is mentored by Murray Perahia through the Jerusalem Music Centre’s program for outstanding young musicians. Catch him in his Canadian debut and say “I heard him when…”

J.S. BACH: Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
FRANCK: Prélude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21
SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
RACHMANINOV: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42

“Tom Borrow will become a major star.” — La Scena Musicale

 

Ticket prices: A: $63 B: $48 C: $28

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Next Generation Artist sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

 

Concert sponsor: John C. Kerr Family Foundation

 

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DANISH STRING QUARTET

The 2022–23 Season marks the 20th Anniversary of the formation of the Grammy-nominated Danish String Quartet. We are thrilled to bring them back for the third concert in their international commissioning project, Doppelgänger. This innovative and daring project pairs four world premieres from four renowned contemporary composers — each piece co-commissioned by the VRS — with the four major Schubert works that inspired them. This time around “the Danes” will pair Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Quartet with a work by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, one of the most original voices of her generation who possesses “seemingly boundless textural imagination” (The New York Times).

SCHUBERT: String Quartet in A minor, D. 804 “Rosamunde”
ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR: New work for String Quartet
SCHUBERT: “Gretchen am Spinnrade“, Op. 2, D. 118 (lied arr. by Danish String Quartet)

“They are today’s best hope for the future of the string quartet.” — Wall Street Journal

 

Ticket prices: A: $88 B: $74 C: $63 D: $45 E: $28

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Concert sponsor: Sherry Killam and Mamie Angus

 

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MIDORI

Midori is a visionary artist, activist and educator who explores and builds connections between music and the human experience and breaks with traditional boundaries, making her one of the outstanding violinists of our time. This season marks the 40thAnniversary of her career, which took off in 1982, when, at the age of 11, she made her debut with the New York Philharmonic. Midori performed for the VRS at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in 1998. We are delighted to welcome her back in this program for solo violin.

J.S. BACH: Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin in G minor, BWV 1001
JESSIE MONTGOMERY: Rhapsody No. 1
J.S. BACH: Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
JOHN ZORN: Passagen
J.S. BACH: Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

“Midori is a violin superstar. The audiences love her not only for her technical brilliance and flawless playing, but also her personality.” — Die Rheinpfalz

 

Ticket prices: A: $90 B: $60 C: $28

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Concert sponsor: George Pick and Santi Pick-Pelaez

 

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CHIAROSCURO QUARTET

This dynamic quartet brings “a shock to the ears of the best kind” (The Observer). Their 2021 VRS engagement was cancelled due to Covid-19 and we were determined to re-book them at the first available opportunity. Dubbed “a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music” (Gramophone Magazine), this international ensemble performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows, producing a unique sound that has brought audiences around the world to their feet.

SCHUBERT: Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in in F minor, Op. 95
MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13

“What was on display was, in short, a peculiar type of recreative genius.” — The Irish Times

 

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Concert sponsor: Joyce and Tony

 

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JUPITER ENSEMBLE

THOMAS DUNFORD, lute and Artistic Director
LEA DESANDRE, mezzo-soprano
LOUISE AYRTON, violin
AUGUSTA McKAY LODGE, violin
MANAMI MIZUMOTO, viola
BRUNO PHILIPPE, cello
DOUGLAS BALLIETT, double bass
TOM FOSTER, harpsichord & organ

For their first concert in Vancouver, this astounding French ensemble, under the direction of lutenist Thomas Dunford (on his third visit to Vancouver), presents a vocal and instrumental program devoted entirely to the music of Vivaldi, based upon their multi-award-winning 2019 album ‘Vivaldi Jupiter’.

“Vedrò con mio diletto” from Il Giustino, RV717
“Armatae face et anguibus” from Juditha triumphans, RV 644
Lute Concerto in C major, RV 82
“Cum dederit” from Nisi Dominus, RV 608
“Veni, veni, me sequere fida” from Juditha triumphans, RV 644
Lute Concerto in D major, RV 93
“Gelido in ogni vena” from Il Farnace, RV 711
“Gelosia, tu già rendi l’alma mia” from Ottone in Villa, RV 729
Cello Concerto in G minor, RV 416
“Onde chiare che sussurate” from Ercole sul Termondonte, RV 710
“Scenderò, volerò griderò” from Ercole sul Termondonte, RV 710

“Lea Desandre flies weightlessly around elaborate ornamentation, expressive and precise. The Jupiter players and Dunford excel.” — The Guardian

 

Ticket prices: A: $88 B: $74 C: $63 D: $45 E: $28

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Concert sponsor: Lynn Kagan

 

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