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RACHEL FENLON

POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACK

We are delighted to open our 45th Season with Rachel Fenlon, an artist who approaches music with a spirit of inquiry and creative passion. She performs song recitals as both singer and pianist, accompanying herself. Praised for her “unusually shaped recitals in keeping with her extraordinary talent” (Places des Arts/Festival de Lanaudière), Rachel is establishing a unique voice on the classical music stages of the world. Born in Victoria, BC, and educated at UBC, this multi-talented musician is now based in Berlin.

SCHUBERT: Winterreise

“A young artist with vocal skills which should take her anywhere she wants to go.” — Opera Canada

 

Ticket prices: A: $63 B: $48 C: $28 

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount
BUY 8 concerts or more and receive a 25% discount 

 

Season sponsor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Concert sponsor: Alexandra Volkoff 

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SCHAGHAJEGH NOSRATI

PRE-CONCERT TALK AT 2:15PM

Schaghajegh first appeared on our radar through Sir András Schiff, her mentor and frequent artistic partner. She made her international breakthrough in 2014 as an award winner in the International Bach Competition in Leipzig. In 2018, she made her Canadian debut at the VRS playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations. We quickly rebooked her for our 2020-21 Season, but the pandemic scuppered those plans. We’re delighted that Schaghajegh is returning to our stage with an intriguing program.

J. S. BACH: Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
MENDELSSOHN: Variations sérieuses, Op. 54
HAYDN: Andante con variazioni in F minor, Hob.XVII/6
ALKAN: Symphony for Piano Solo Op. 39

“Astonishing clarity, purity and maturity”Sir András Schiff

 

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

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount
BUY 8 concerts or more and receive a 25% discount

 

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Concert sponsor: Dr. Barbara Romanowski

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TAMARA STEFANOVICH

PRE-CONCERT TALK AT 2:15PM

Described as “Fearless, dazzling, exceptional” (The Guardian), Tamara Stefanovich captivates audiences worldwide with her utterly unique and eclectic programming. A passionate ambassador of broad repertoire from before Bach to beyond Boulez, she will have you on the edge of your seat!

J. S. BACH: Aria variata alla maniera italiana, BWV 989
MESSIAEN: Chant d’extase dans un paysage triste from Huit Préludes
J. S. BACH: BACH: Sinfonia No. 9 in F minor, BWV 795
RAMEAU: L’entretien des Muses
MESSIAEN: Regard des Anges from Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus
MESSIAEN: Première Communion de la Vierge from Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus
RAMEAU: Les Cyclopes
RAMEAU: La Poule
J. S. BACH: Sinfonia No. 15 in B minor, BWV 801
MESSIAEN: L’Alouette calandrelle from Catalogue d’oiseaux
MESSIAEN: La Parole toute-puissante from Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus
MESSIAEN: Noël from Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus
MESSIAEN: Cantéyodjayâ

“The colossal energy of Stefanovich’s performance was hugely impressive.” — The Telegraph

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

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount
BUY 8 concerts or more and receive a 25% discount

Season sponsor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert sponsor: John C. Kerr Family Foundation

 

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BRAHMS FEST: CONCERT 1

Pre-concert Talk at 1:45pm


THE CASTALIAN STRING QUARTET
TIMOTHY RIDOUT, viola
ZLATOMIR FUNG, cello
ANGELA CHENG, piano
BENJAMIN HOCHMAN, piano

Reminiscent of our Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, this mini-Brahms festival brings together eight musicians from three countries to share the chamber music they love with you!

Sonata No. 2 for Viola and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 120
Timothy Ridout and Benjamin Hochman

Sonata in G major, Op. 78 arr. for Cello and Piano
Zlatomir Fung and Angela Cheng

String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
Castalian String Quartet, Timothy Ridout, and Zlatomir Fung


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

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount
BUY 8 concerts or more and receive a 25% discount

 

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Concert sponsors: Elizabeth Arnold-Bailey & Robert Bailey, Colleen & Nick Filler, Ric & Lynda Spratley, Lynn Kagan

 

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BRAHMS FEST: CONCERT 2

Pre-concert Talk at 6:45pm

THE CASTALIAN STRING QUARTET
TIMOTHY RIDOUT, viola
ZLATOMIR FUNG, cello
ANGELA CHENG, piano
BENJAMIN HOCHMAN, piano

Reminiscent of our Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, this mini-Brahms festival brings together eight musicians from three countries to share the chamber music they love with you!

16 Waltzes, Op. 39 for Piano 4-Hands
Angela Cheng and Benjamin Hochman

String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 36
Castalian String Quartet, Timothy Ridout, and Zlatomir Fung

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
Benjamin Hochman and Castalian String Quartet

 

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

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount
BUY 8 concerts or more and receive a 25% discount

 

Season sponsor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert sponsors: Elizabeth Arnold-Bailey & Robert Bailey, Colleen & Nick Filler, Ric & Lynda Spratley, Lynn Kagan

 

Additional Support:

 

 

 

RAPHAËL FEUILLÂTRE

POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACK

Raphaël was born in Djibouti, on the northeastern coast of Africa, and raised in the small city of Cholet in Western France. Recognizing his musical talent, his parents gave him a plastic guitar at the age of seven, which is when his musical journey began. He studied at the Conservatoire de Nantes and later at the Paris Conservatoire. He made his international breakthrough as the 2018 winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America. Since then, Raphaël’s burgeoning career has taken him around the world, where he has dazzled audiences with his playing. We are thrilled to present him in his Vancouver debut.

J. S. BACH: WTC 1 Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 (trans. R. Feuillâtre)
COUPERIN: Les Barricades Mystérieuses (arr. A. Fougeray)
DUPHLY: Médée (arr. A. Fougeray)
ROYER: L’aimable (arr. R. Feuillâtre)
J. S. BACH: Concerto in D major, BWV 972 (arr. J. Perroy)
SCARLATTI: Sonata in A major K. 208 (arr. G. Abiton)
SOLÈS: Variations on a theme of Sor (La Folia)
ARCAS: Fantasia on themes from La Traviata
SOLÈS: Two Catalan folk songs
ALBÉNIZ: Asturias “Leyanda” from Suite española No. 1
TARREGA: Three Preludes
BARRIOS: La Catedral
PIAZZOLLA: Adios Nonino (arr. C. Tirao)
DYENS: “Clown Down” from Triaela

“He makes his instrument sing with a rare blend of clarity and grace” — Guitar Salon International

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

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount
BUY 8 concerts or more and receive a 25% discount

 

Season sponsor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Concert sponsor: Forster/Stephenson Legacy Fund

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BARBARA HANNIGAN

Pre-concert Talk at 6:45pm

Grammy Award-winning soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation. Embodying music with an unparalleled dramatic sensibility, she has shown a profound commitment to the music of our time and has given the world premiere performances of over 90 new works. For her VRS debut, she will be partnered by acclaimed pianist Bertrand Chamayou, a regular chamber music performer with partners including Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Quatuor Ébène, and Sol Gabetta. 

MESSIAEN: Chants de Terre et de Ciel
SCRIABIN: Poème-nocturne, Op. 61 (solo piano)
SCRIABIN: Vers La Flamme, Op. 72 (solo piano)
ZORN: Jumalattaret

“The intrepid Canadian soprano has emerged over the last half decade as one of the most vital and original musicians of her generation.”  — The New Yorker

Ticket prices: A: $92 B: $78 C: $62 D: $42  E: $28

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount
BUY 8 concerts or more and receive a 25% discount

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Concert sponsors: George Pick & Santi Pelaez

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ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT

Pre-concert Talk at 2:15pm

TWO CLOWNS. PIERROT MEETS PETRUSHKA.

GUY ESHED, flute
TIBI CZIGER, clarinet
DANIEL BARD, violin & viola
MICHAL KORMAN, cello
SIVAN MAGEN, harp
ASSAFF WEISMAN, piano
SHIRIT LEE WEISS, stage direction (Pierrot Lunaire)

The Israeli Chamber Project is a pretty impressive ensemble. Among its members are International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Gaspar Cassadó Cello Competition prize-winners, and Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients.

Celebrating the 150th birth year of Arnold Schoenberg, the ensemble presents a semi-staged production of his ground-breaking expressionist cabaret Pierrot Lunaire with soprano Hila Baggio as the sad clown. Stravinsky’s brilliant Petrushka and Ravel’s La Valse complete the exploration of early 20th Century masterworks.

“The Israeli Chamber Project is that rarest of creatures: a band of world-class soloists that is not a muster of peacocks, but a hive mind in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe and play as one.” — Time Out New York

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

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount
BUY 8 concerts or more and receive a 25% discount

Presented in collaboration with Salle Bourgie and Le Club Musical de Québec

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Concert sponsors: Birgit Westergaard & Norman Gladstone, Arlene Gladstone & Hamish Cameron, Judi Korbin, Risa & Bill Levine, Joanne & Stanis Smith

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MILOŠ

Pre-concert Talk at 6:45pm

World-renowned guitar virtuoso Miloš returns to the VRS! The Montenegrin marvel’s meteoric rise to fame started in 2011 after the release of his hugely popular debut album ‘Mediterraneo’. Since then, he has earned legions of fans around the world for his sensitive, charismatic performances and six chart-topping recordings. He made his memorable Vancouver debut on our stage in 2013 and returned in 2021 for a performance with mandolinist Avi Avital. Selected by BBC Music Magazine as one of the ‘Six of the Best Classical Guitarists of the Past Century’, Miloš should be on your “must hear” list!

THE ARTS AND THE HOURS

WEISS: Fantaisie
J. S. BACH: Chaconne
COUPERIN: Les Barricades Mystérieuses
BARRIOS: La Catedral
RAMEAU: Les Sauvages
HANDEL: Menuet
DAQUIN: Coucou
SCARLATTI: Sonata F minor, K. 466
WEISS: Passacaglia
RAMEAU: The Arts and the Hours
DUPLESSY: Amor Fati

“One of the most exciting and communicative classical guitarists today.” — The New York Times

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

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount
BUY 8 concerts or more and receive a 25% discount

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Concert sponsor: Ann Harding

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TOM BORROW

Post-performance Talk Back

Tom Borrow made his Canadian debut on our stage in 2023 and wowed the VRS audience with his incredible talent. We rebooked his return engagement on the spot. A former BBC New Generation Artist, and a protégé of Murray Perahia, Tom’s career is currently soaring. He has a packed concert schedule that includes a designation as 2024 Artist-In-Residence for the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Those of you who heard him in his debut will, no doubt, be at the front of the line for tickets!

J. S. BACH-RACHMANINOFF: Paraphrases on Bach’s Violin Partita No. 3 in E major
SCHUBERT-LISZT: “Städchen”
SCHUMANN-LISZT: “Frühlingsnacht”
SCHUBERT-LISZT: “Auf dem wasser zu singen”
SCHUMANN-LISZT: “Widmung”
SCRIABIN: Preludes, Op. 16
SCRIABIN: Fantasie
SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

“He already has everything of a great.” — Diapason


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

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount
BUY 8 concerts or more and receive a 25% discount

 

Season sponsor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Concert sponsors:  Cathy & Ian

Additional Support:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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