About EKSM

EKSM graphic Eine Kliene Summer Classical Music Festival

Founded in 1987, Eine Kleine Summer Music is the longest-running summer Classical music event in greater Victoria.
We are a not-for-profit organization and our goal is to present world class chamber music concerts at affordable prices allowing seniors, students, and the general public to enjoy top quality performances by artists among the finest in BC as well as distinguished guests from around the world.

Eine Kleine Summer Music

Bringing the finest chamber musicians from around the globe to Victoria

Chamber music in the country in a bright modern church with exceptional acoustics

Intimate performances on a summer's evening at a fine Victoria winery

Volunteer run with an all volunteer board of directors

Our Story

Thirty-one years ago, an inventive and musical family dreamed up an idea for a unique sort of chamber music festival.  Instead of a typical city location, this one would be held among the fields and farms of the Saanich Peninsula.  Larry and Dayna Fisher, both retired university music professors, selected a rustic old community hall.  They then convinced their musician friends from near and far that they simply must come and play, and created a friendly, informal, yet musically first-rate series.  They sold excellent home-baked cookies at the concession; Larry would heavily promote that week’s special, such as the ‘Mozart Macaroon’, or the Snickerdoodle Sonata’.

As years passed and the audience grew, Eine Kleine Summer Music moved a short distance up the road into a more comfortable hall, the newly built Unitarian church across from the Red Barn Market on West Saanich Road.  Eventually some of the musicians found that they also loved the acoustics, intimacy, and views at some of  our local wineries, so EKSM began to repeat some of the concerts at our favourite vintners every summer.  In 2017 the winery concerts moved to Church and State Wines, near Butchart Gardens.

Since the Fishers left Vancouver Island in 1992, Artistic Directorship of the series has been in the hands of Martin Bonham (1992-1998), Laura Backstrom and Pierre Cayer (1999-2015) and Laura Backstrom and Lorraine Min (2016-present).  Along with EKSM’s excellent volunteer board members, the Artistic Directors strive to maintain the charm of ‘Chamber Music in the Country’ while continuously reaching new heights of musical excellence.

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