FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday September 26, 2016
LCMS Announces String Quartet Residencies
Community outreach, educational programs to be expanded
LANGLEY, BC — Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is proud to announce that it will be host to 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 students of the school’s chamber music and orchestra programmes 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,” says Susan Magnusson, LCMS principal. “These residencies add a special dynamic to our programs, and create opportunties for collaboration with other organizations.”
Several performances are planned for local schools and seniors’ residences free of charge, and LCMS was happy to be able to provide the Rose Gellert Quartet to perform as part of the Caring Hearts Gala fundraiser. 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,” adds Magnusson. “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 is Patricia Shih (violin), Yuel Yawney (violin), Nikita Pogrebnoy (viola), Sungyong Lim (cello). One of the most dynamic and exciting world-class ensembles of its generation, the Borealis String Quartet has received international critical acclaim as an ensemble praised for its fiery performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation. Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in the fall of 2000 and rapidly establishing a stellar reputation, 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, of course, in their home town of 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 proud to be 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 Langley Community Music School.
ABOUT LANGLEY COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is a non-profit organization and registered charity that is committed to providing the highest quality of musical education to students of all ages and levels, from early learning to pre-professional and adult programs. With the support of the community, LCMS has become one of the largest non-profit music schools in the province, earning both national and international acclaim for their comprehensive and innovative programs. Learn more about LCMS programs, scholarships and bursaries.
The Langley Community Music School hosts multiple musical concerts from October to May, including the Rose Gellert Hall Series, a Friday/Saturday evening concert series featuring renowned Canadian and international musicians, as well as the Concerts Café Classico Series, a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring stellar local and touring musicians playing classical, jazz or contemporary works.
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