Music, humour Monday in a.m.

Mattina Music (Italian for Morning Music) continues Nov. 21 with exuberant violinist Sharon Stanis.

VIOLINIST SHARON STANIS is the guest artist Monday morning in the latest installment of the Musica Mattina series.

VIOLINIST SHARON STANIS is the guest artist Monday morning in the latest installment of the Musica Mattina series.

Mattina Music (Italian for Morning Music) continues Nov. 21 with exuberant violinist Sharon Stanis.

The classical music series is hosted by pianist Sarah Hagen, who has invited some of her favourite colleagues to join her on the stage. Concerts take place on Monday mornings at the Sid Williams Theatre, with refreshments and conversation in the theatre lobby before the music begins.

The second concert of the Mattina Musica season features the co-founder of the world renowned Lafayette String Quartet.

Born and raised in Ohio, Stanis has a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, soloist and educator and, with her quartet, tours extensively in North America and Europe.

Stanis has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony and the Palm Court Orchestra and has served as concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony in the Summer Festival Series.

A dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, she is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Victoria, where she teaches violin and coaches chamber music. She adjudicates numerous festivals across Canada and enjoys giving master classes throughout North America. Stanis is also a member of the Aventa and Galiano Ensembles.

In their recent rehearsals, Hagen and Stanis have been thrilled to find they share a mutual sense of humour and a joyous passion for collaboration. Their program will feature Beethoven’s Spring Sonata to chase away the November doldrums.

Upcoming artists in the Mattina Musica series are swoon-inducing bass-baritone Chad Louwerse and dazzling cellist Ariel Barnes.

Individual tickets are $20. Coffee and tea is served at 10 a.m., and  the music begins at 10:30 a.m.

For more information on the Mattina Musica series and other upcoming performances, visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com or call 250 338 2430.

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