Blueridge Chamber Fest

August 4, 2019

August 25, 2019

$15 to $75

Various Venues, Vancouver



Events Description

The Blueridge Chamber Music Festival offers innovative programming, dazzling artists, and unforgettable performances in an idyllic summer setting. Now entering its ninth season, Blueridge presents a characteristic blend of beloved chamber music classics and intriguing new music played by Canada’s most thrilling performers. The North Shore News calls it “not what people usually expect from a chamber music festival.”

Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (Free Satellite Event)
August 4, Celebration Hall at Mountain View Cemetery

Few musical works are as polarizing as Arnold Schoenbergs Pierrot Lunaire. However, despite its forbidding veneer, Pierrot is at its heart a darkly captivating and uniquely affecting work of music theatre. This summer, in a co-production with the Little Chamber Music Series the Could, the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival presents Pierrot Lunaire brought to ferocious life with choreography by Anishinaabe/French-Canadian/Welsh dance artist Olivia C. Davies exploring links between work, ceremony, place, and community.

Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire

Bozzini Quartet
August 8, Orpheum Annex

The Blueridge Festival’s 10th anniversary season lifts off with works to stimulate the mind and stir the soul. Praised for their “intense musicality and immense sensitivity” (Musicworks), the Bozzini Quartet is recognized as “one of the most daring quartets in the entire world” (Bandcamp). Their Blueridge program fearlessly explores musical perspective, from 2019 JUNO winner Ana Sokolvic’s ‘mise en abyme’ of classic theatrical characters to Michael Oesterle’s kaleidoscopic layering to Blueridge Composer-in-Residence Camilo Mendez’s cosmic algorithms. Music for curious ears!

Ana Sokolovic: Commedia dell’arte
Camilo Mendez: Fragmentos Cardinales IV: Apparent Magnitudes
Michael Oesterle: String Quartet no. 4

Borealis String Quartet
August 9, Presentation House Theatre
August 10, Orpheum Annex

The brilliant Borealis String Quartet is back at Blueridge with a stirring program of late romantic hits. Grieg’s dramatic <1>String Quartet and Elgar’s soaring Piano Quintethighlight the group’s trademark gutsy, glowing sound. Crowd-pleasing BC composer Imant Raminsh’s expressive and exuberant third string quartet rounds out the program.

Edvard Grieg: String Quartet no. 1
Imant Raminsh: String Quartet no. 3
Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet

Shoshana Telner
August 11, Presentation House Theatre

Back by popular demand! Powerhouse pianist Shoshana Telner returns to the Blueridge Festival with a program of profound emotion and mindboggling virtuosity. Liszt’s diabolical b-minor Sonata sets the stage for a rare complete performance of Chopin’s exquisitely lyrical but blazingly difficult Ballades. Also featured is the Canadian premiere of Russian-American composer Vera Ivanova’s rhapsodic In the Deep Heart’s Core, based on poetry by Akhmatova, Hesse, and Yeats.

Vera Ivanova: In the Deep Heart’s Core
Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in b minor
Beethoven: Sonata op. 10 no. 2
Chopin: Ballades no. 1-4

Brahmsiana ft. Erato Ensemble
August 15, Presentation House Theatre
August 16, Orpheum Annex

Love is in the air! Blueridge teams up with fabulous friends the Erato Ensemble for a joyous performance of Brahms’ buoyant and bubbly Liebeslieder Waltzes. Need a double dose of Brahms? Also featured is the Piano Quartet in G Minor, revered for its expansive, almost symphonic range of expression and boisterous conclusion. Plus, experience a brand new work by a leading voice on the international music scene, Blueridge 2019 Composer-in-Residence Camilo Mendez.

Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes, op. 52
Mendez: BURSZTYN VI: Minimaquina III
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, op. 25

Choose Your Own Chamber Music Party ft. Redshift
August 17, Presentation House Theatre
August 18, Orpheum Annex

It’s a chamber music party, and you’re invited…to pick the music! Join Blueridge and our friends from Redshift for a choose-your-own-adventure chamber music party. Vote for your favourite works from the list below–we’ll perform the most popular choices!

W. A. Mozart: Flute Quartet in D major
Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons
Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major
Louise Farrenc: Flute Trio
Franz Schubert: Shepherd on the Rock
Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
Clara Schumann: Three Romances
César Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major
Mendelssohn: Trio in D Minor
Mozart: Piano Quartet in G Minor

Also on the Blueridge party playlist: spatialized music by JUNO winner Jordan Nobles, Chris Paul Harman’s take on a beloved tune, plus your chance to discover your inner musician with a joyous audience-participatory piece by Venezuelan composer Bruno Mauiri!

Time Out at the Polygon (Free Satellite Event)
August 25, Polygon Gallery

Breathe out. Listen in. Join Blueridge and the Polygon Gallery as we embark on a contemplative journey through musical time. Experience emerging Tahltan/Tlinglit composer Edzius Kime Ani: inspired by her familys ancient tradition of storytelling, the soundwork explores issues of culture and identity through archival recordings of three generations of her family. Also featured is one of the most monumental chamber works of the 20th century, Morton Feldmans For Philip Guston. Clocking in at over 4 hours long, the piece weaves a softly mesmerizing sound world that draws the listener into an ever-deepening state of magic and meditation. This event is held in conversation with the Polygons exhibition of Christian Marclays groundbreaking video installation The Clock.

Edzi’u: Kime Ani
Morton Feldman: For Philip Guston


Tickets :

Festival Pass: $90/$45 (plus facility fee of $3.25)
Single Tickets: $25/$15 (plus facility fee of $3.25)

How to get tickets?

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Date & Time:

August 4 to 25, 2019 @ Various Venues – Schedule


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