Eine Kleine Summer Music 2024

Tickets go on sale April 22nd 2024

June is always a much-anticipated month for local classical music fans.   The music happens in two spacious, beautiful and acoustically ideal venues: the First Unitarian Church among the fields of West Saanich Road, and alongside the vines at Deep Cove Winery.

Eine Kleine Summer Music’s June 2024 performances are held on four Sunday afternoons (June 2, 9, 16, 23 at 2:30pm) in the First Unitarian Church, and four Monday evenings (June 3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:00pm) at Deep Cove Winery.

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Our season begins (June 2,3) with a piano trio program featuring violinist Terence Tam, cellist Rachel Desoer, and pianist Lorraine Min  (and EKSM’s co-Artistic Director). The trio will play a different program for each venue. Works will include the monumental Op. 8 Piano Trio by Brahms, Beethoven’s Sonata no 3 in A Major for piano and cello and his PianoTrio in D major, “Ghost’, as well as duos by Kreisler and the virtuosic Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia for violin and cello.

 

On June 9 and 10 violinist Isabella d’Éloize Perron will make her EKSM debut. Isabella will play two important works for solo violin: the magnificent Chaconne from J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor, and the intriguing and immersive Sonata No. 5 in G major by Eugene Ysaye. She will be joined by pianist Monica Pfau in works by Elizabeth Raum and K. Symanowsky. Clarinetist David Bourque, violinist Tori Gould, violist Kenji Fuse, and cellist (and EKSM’s co-Artistic Director) Laura Backstrom will also be on hand for performances of Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Quintet in A major, and the bitter-sweet Trio in G minor for two violins and cello by Borodin.

 

Conrad Tao (June 16,17) is a magical pianist, with a scholar’s mind wrapped in an almost impossible technique. New York Magazine calls pianist Tao “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music.” He has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer and has been dubbed an artist of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times. Tao is admired for his risk-taking and for the rigorous attention he gives his programs, which often juxtapose new and old works. Tao will bring us a solo program of his favourites, including music by Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Billy Strayhorn, and Harold Arlen.

 

Victoria-born violinist Timothy Chooi (June 23, 24) has captivated audiences worldwide with his virtuosic and finely nuanced performances. He is highly sought after for his passionate renditions and extensive repertoire, as well as his exceptional ability to connect with a global audienceamassing a media following of millions of viewers who have tuned in to his music.  Alongside pianist Arthur Rowe, Timothy will perform Sunshine of Tashkurgan by Chen Gang, the ravishing Prokofiev Sonata No. 2 in D major, and Romance by Amy Beach.  Violinist Phillip Manning, violist Kenji Fuse, and cellist  Laura Backstrom will join him in Grieg’s powerful String Quartet in G minor, Op 277.

 

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