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Microcosmos Quartet – Two 20th Century Masterworks for String Quartet

Wentworth Villa

Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 2:30 PM (PDT)

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Microcosmos was formed in Vancouver in the spring of 2010 to perform the rich repertoire of string quartets written in the past 100 years. The quartet takes advantage of the compactness and portability of a string quartet to present some of the greatest music of the 20th and 21st centuries in intimate spaces and sometimes unusual venues such as private homes, clubs, small halls, public and commercial buildings, for an audience that can experience the music close at hand. The six quartets of Béla Bartók form the core of the quartet’s repertoire, with one of his quartets on each program, complemented by important related works, including those by Canadian composers. 

Recent highlights include a performance of Benjamin Britten’s three quartets, celebrating his centennial in 2013, for Music on Main’s lauded ‘Cellar’ series, the premiere of eleven works for quartet as ensemble-in-residence for Vancouver Pro Musica’s ‘Further’ Series in February 2015, and ‘Speaking in Ligeti’, an interdisciplinary collaboration with MMHop Productions that has toured to Halifax for ScotiaFest (2015) and at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa (2016). In September 2015 the quartet launched the Kessler Academy, an exciting new educational initiative featuring a conductor-less orchestra mentorship program led by the quartet

Two great string quartets from the past century, both based on earlier forms. Bartok’s Second Quartet was his first significant foray into using folk idioms in his music. Britten’s work paid homage to his 17th century predecessor Henry Purcell by including a Chacony (Chaconne) as the giant final movement.

Marc Destrubé – violin
Andrea Siradze – violin
Tawnya Popoff – viola
Rebecca Wenham – cello

Recital Program

Béla Bartok   -   String Quartet No. 2 (1918)

Benjamin Britten   -   String Quartet No. 2 (1945)    

* All concerts will run approximately 90 minutes.

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Wentworth Villa
1156 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8V 3K8

Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 2:30 PM (PDT)

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