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LCMS kicks off another concert season

The St. Lawrence String Quartet is among the acts that will perform at LCMS this concert season. The ensemble takes the stage at Rose Gellert Hall on Nov. 19 to present works by Mozart, Korngold and Adams. - submitted photo
The St. Lawrence String Quartet is among the acts that will perform at LCMS this concert season. The ensemble takes the stage at Rose Gellert Hall on Nov. 19 to present works by Mozart, Korngold and Adams.
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It will be something of a family affair at the Langley Community Music School this year.

The Rose Gellert Hall and Concerts Café Classico concert season for 2011/2012 is just around the corner, and the program will be headlined by some of the country’s best known classical musicians — several of whom will be taking the stage with members of their own families.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Turning Point Ensemble, and three of the West Coast’s finest interpreters of baroque music — Marc Destrubé, violin, Natalie Mackie, viola da gamba, and Byron Schenkman, harpsichord — will take turns on stage in the Langley Community Music School over the next several months.

“We are looking forward to superb season filled with beautiful masterworks performed by great artists,” said Elizabeth Bergmann, artistic director for LCMS.

“Concert enthusiasts can expect a variety of genres and styles of music ranging from groups like the famous St. Lawrence String Quartet to Vancouver’s own stellar Turning Point Ensemble.”

The Rose Gellert Hall series includes four main stage concerts. The season opens on Oct.15 with elite Canadian pianist Bruce Vogt and a celebration of the works of piano virtuoso Franz Liszt.

On Nov. 19 the St. Lawrence String Quartet, one of Canada’s well-known ensembles with a world-class reputation, will present works by Mozart, Korngorld, and Adams.

The season continues in the New Year, with a baroque music concert titled Music from the Time of the Sun King, performed on Jan. 21 by Marc Destrubé, violin, Natalie Mackie, viola da gamba, and Byron Schenkman, harpsichord.

The series finale on March 30 features LCMS’ resident ensemble Turning Point Ensemble.

The large chamber ensemble will present an intriguing program showcasing the relationship and reciprocal influence between jazz and ‘serious’ music with works by Stravinsky and Ellington juxtaposed, paired with the international premiere of two new works by jazz artist Dave Douglas and a new work by LCMS alumnus Brad Turner.

Rose Gellert Hall performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Rose Gellert Hall concerts are complimented with LCMS’ educational series, launching in September. Concerts Café Classico hosts a variety of performers and programs and includes a pre-concert chat and refreshments before each 60-minute concert program.

“This year’s Concerts Café Classico series is themed ‘A Family Affair’,” says Bergmann.

“Most of our concerts feature artists who are related in some form or another.”

The series, which began in late September, continues on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. when the LCMS faculty family Ian Hampton, cello, Luiza Nelepcu, violin, and Leslie Janos, piano will take the stage to perform a variety of trio repertoire. LCMS is pleased to present the Harp Duo on Jan. 29 at 3 p.m with Miya and Kaori Otake performing some of the rarely heard harp duo literature.

On Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. the Bergmann Piano Duo will once again take the stage at LCMS to share one piano as they perform duet literature by Mozart, Schubert, and Bernstein.

The season continues April 22 with another ‘familial collaboration,’ featuring Joel Stobbe, cello, Karl Stobbe, violin, and Betty Sudermann, piano. It concludes with a Night Café and jazz performance on May 25 at 7 p.m. with Jodi Proznick, bass, Tilden Webb, piano and friends.

Season subscriptions are 15 per cent off regular ticket prices. Rose Gellert Hall subscriptions are $82 adults, $73 seniors, and $58 students.  Regular tickets, purchased for an individual concert, range from $22-$30 adults, $20-$25 seniors, and $16-$20 students.

Concerts Café Classico subscriptions are available for $77 adults, $67 seniors, and $51 students.

A Concerts Café Classico flex pass is also available. It offers admission to any four concerts for $54 adults and $47 seniors.

Regular tickets are available for $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students. Call the box office for tickets at 604-534-2848. The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 St.

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