Langley Community Music School (LCMS) will be hosting two resident string quartets for the 2016/17 season.
The internationally renowned Borealis String Quartet and the newly formed Rose Gellert String Quartet will be giving performances, and working with the school’s chamber music and orchestra students in a variety of capacities throughout the school year.
“It is a tremendous opportunity for the school to enhance our existing educational programs, particularly in the areas of chamber music, composition and community outreach,” said Susan Magnusson, LCMS principal.
“These residencies add a special dynamic to our programs, and create opportunities for collaboration with other organizations.”
Several performances are planned for local schools and seniors’ residences free of charge, and the community will be able to hear both quartets perform at a variety of LCMS events throughout the year.
The school will also be hosting chamber music camps in November and March with the Surrey Youth Orchestra that will involve both resident quartets.
“It’s a very significant achievement for an organization like LCMS to be able to have a resident quartet, let alone two quartets,” Magnusson said.
“This is only possible due to the assistance of our donors, and we are very grateful to the community for its support.”
The Borealis String Quartet consists of members Patricia Shih (violin), Yuel Yawney (violin), Nikita Pogrebnoy (viola) and Sungyong Lim (cello). The group has received international praise for its fiery performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation. Founded in Vancouver in the fall of 2000, the Borealis has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia and performed to enthusiastic sold-out audiences in major cities, including New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Rome, Mainz, Shanghai, Taipei, Beijing, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.
Members of the Rose Gellert String Quartet are Will Chen (violin), Samuel Tsui (violin), Peter Ing (viola) and Ben Goheen (cello). Newly formed in 2016, the ensemble is the quartet-in-residence at the Langley Community Music School (LCMS), and derives its name from the school’s concert hall and one of LCMS’ great patrons, the late Rose Gellert.
Members of the quartets are also faculty members at LCMS.