Victoria Summer Music Festival 2018 Season Announcement

Victoria Summer Music Festival 2018 Season Announcement. (media release)

Celebrating our twenty-third year! We are thrilled to open our series with the James Ehnes Quartet. Due to the tremendous demand for seats when we presented James in recital, we are again booking the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, in Oak Bay High School, for this concert.

Our usual venue, the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall at UVic, will be the site for the remainder of our concerts. There, we welcome back festival favourites Joan Blackman, Yariv Aloni, Eugene Osadchy, Arthur Rowe, and Minsoo Sohn.  We’re also thrilled to introduce rising stars violinist Andréa Tyniec, and the Tesla Quartet, second-prize winners in the most recent Banff International String Quartet Competition.

For more information about our performers, click the web links in the schedule that follows.

All of our concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded at 6:40 p.m. by an informal talk by our performers.

Here’s the 2018 concert schedule

Thursday, July 26

Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, Oak Bay High School

James Ehnes String Quartet

James Ehnes, violin; Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola; Edward Arron, cello

Franz Josef Haydn:  String Quartet in G major, op. 76, no. 1
Edward Elgar:  String Quartet in E minor, op. 83
Béla Bartók:  String Quartet no. 5

Monday, July 30

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria

Arthur Rowe and friends perform a program of piano quartets

Joan Blackman, violin; Yariv Aloni, viola; Eugene Osadchy, cello; Arthur Rowe, piano

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet no.3 in C minor, op. 60
Murray Adaskin: Introduction and Rondo for Piano Quartet
Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 47

Wednesday, August 1

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria

Andréa Tyniec, violin; Arthur Rowe, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata no. 9 in A major, op. 47, “Kreutzer,” for violin and piano
Michael Oesterle: Stand Still, for violin solo
Robert Schumann: Sonata no. 2 in D minor, op. 121, for violin and piano

Wednesday, August 8

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria

Tesla Quartet

Ross Snyder, violin; Michelle Lie, violin; Edwin Kaplan, viola; Serafim Smigelskiy, cello

Franz Josef Haydn: String Quartet in F major, op. 50, no. 5
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in A major, op. 18, no. 5
Franz Schubert: String Quartet no. 13 in A minor, D.804, “Rosamunde”

Thursday, August 9

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria

Tesla Quartet  and Arthur Rowe, piano

Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, op. 10
Karol Szymanowski: String Quartet no. 1 in C major, op. 37
Antonín Dvo?ák: Piano Quintet no. 2 in A major, op. 81

Monday, August 13

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria

The renowned Minsoo Sohn, winner of the 2006 Honens Piano Competition, will play an all Beethoven recital Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonatas, no. 7 in D major, op. 10, no. 3, no. 17 in D minor, op. 31, no. 2, “Tempest”, no. 16 in G major, op. 31, no. 1 and  no. 21 in C major, op. 53, “Waldstein

OUTSTANDING VALUE is yours once again this year, with the flexibility to create your own series.

Single-ticket prices of $35 for concerts at UVic, and $40 for the James Ehnes Quartet concert at the Dave Dunnet Theatre.

You can purchase tickets online at or by using this downloadable form, which you can print out and mail to us.

At the same time you can join the Victoria Summer Music Festival Society, or renew your membership, for only $5. We gratefully accept your donations, which help us bring these outstanding artists to Victoria for your enjoyment.

The Victoria Summer Music Festival Society
P.O. Box 5203
Victoria, BC V8R 6N4

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