Saturday, Jan. 13, sees two of Canada’s leading string quartets joining forces to present an exciting evening of classical music, preceded by a choice of delicious desserts, all at the Fanny Bay Hall.
The Saguenay Quartet (formerly Alcan Quartet) — violinists Laura Andriani and Nathalie Camus, violist Luc Beauchemin, and cellist David Ellis — has developed a reputation for excellence throughout Canada and internationally since its formation more than 20 years ago. The quartet’s originality, contagious enthusiasm, unique sonority, and remarkable cohesion have all contributed to its long term success. Critics agree that, both on stage and in the recording studio, the Alcan Quartet possesses the qualities that characterize the best ensembles of its kind: a recognizable personality, a homogeneous sound and elegant style.
The ensemble’s list of accomplishments is impressive: close to 1,000 concerts; more than 100 live radio broadcasts; numerous television appearances; tours throughout North America, Europe, Asia; and a number of commissioned pieces and first performances.
Lafayette String Quartet
In July 1986, four young musicians, based in Detroit and just beginning their professional careers, performed together for the first time as the Lafayette String Quartet. Today the LSQ continues to flourish with its original personnel: violinists Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and Sharon Stanis, violist Joanna Hood, and cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni.
In 1991, the four women became artists-in-residence at the University of Victoria’s School of Music, in British Columbia—positions they still hold today. They received honorary doctorates from University Canada West and were honored with the inaugural Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression in 2010 from the University of Victoria.
The program includes music by Mendelssohn, Neil Gade and the premier performance of a brand new work by Airat Ichmouratov.
This will indeed be a memorable evening of elegant music and desserts, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6.
Tickets ($30 including dessert, coffee etc.) are available from Laughing Oyster Books in Courtenay, Weinberg’s Good Foods in Buckley Bay, and Salish Sea Market in Bowser.