Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Rose Gellert String Quartet Season Opener scheduled to take place on Friday, September 22, 2023 has been postponed.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Ticket holders may choose to receive a full refund or to keep a credit with LCMS. We will be contacting ticket holders individually to discuss, and will announce the new concert date and resume ticket sales soon.
Thank you for your support!
The Rose Gellert String Quartet will open their 2023-24 season with contrasts in posterity and mortality. Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 in e minor (From my Life) is autobiographical. Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465 (Dissonance) is dedicated to Haydn, posterity within and without. The biographical impulse comes from wanting to leave something for posterity, either about self or someone we care about. This programme explores that concept.
The concert will be performed in the intimate setting of the Rose Gellert Hall.
Single Tickets: Adult $25 / Senior $23 / Student $10 / LCMS Students Free!
To place an order by phone or if you have any questions, please call the Box Office at 604-534-2848. You can also order on Eventbrite.
Rose Gellert String Quartet: Profile + Individual Bios
Rose Gellert String Quartet is the ensemble in residence at LCMS, performing regularly for the school’s concert series, heading up and coaching for several chamber music programs, and providing instruction for music students. Outside LCMS, the quartet performs for various concert series throughout the Fraser Valley. Will Chen and Llowyn Ball (violin), Peter Ing (viola), and Ben Goheen (cello) are all active musicians, teachers, and music coaches who, through their LCMS residency, enjoy fulfilling their mandate to create and foster community and a deeper appreciation of music, providing outreach concerts at local schools and bringing live music to seniors’ homes where residents might otherwise go without the joy of live music.
Will Chen, violin
Violinist Will Chen’s performances have taken him all over Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom as a soloist and chamber musician with the rising group Mainzer Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He holds a Bachelors of Music from the University of Victoria, and a Masters degree from Hochschule fur Musik Mainz, Germany. He has studied with teachers such as Patricia Shih, Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, Gwen Thompson, Roger Chase and Anne Shih.
Llowyn Ball, violin
Llowyn Ball is a dedicated and experienced chamber and orchestral musician. Llowyn completed his Masters degree in violin performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music after studying at the UBC School of Music. He regularly performs with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, & Vancouver New Music. When not with four strings under his fingers, Llowyn is most likely to be found with grease under his fingernails while tinkering on an old British motorcycle, or piloting a passenger ferry.
Peter Ing, viola
Canadian-born Chinese violist, Peter Ing, is a musician with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Peter began his musical training directly on the viola and was immersed into the rich alto sound right from the start. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, studying with Ralph Aldridge. Following that, he went on to study with David Harding at the University of British Columbia, completing a master’s degree. Peter also spent time as a fellow at the Kent Blossom Music Festival studying chamber music and orchestral repertoire with various Cleveland Orchestra musicians. Aside from being an active orchestral musician, he is also the violist and founding member of the Rose Gellert String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at the Langley Community Music School. His string quartet acts as a musical ambassador in the Langley area bringing music to schools and senior’s homes where their residence may not have the mobility to attend live performances. When not on stage, Peter can be found with is Partner roaming around garden centres finding new plants to grow on their home balcony.
Ben Goheen, cello
Ben Goheen holds a Masters degree in cello performance from UBC, where he studied with Eric Wilson. While attending university, he held the principal cello position for the symphony’s main concerts. He has enjoyed performing in several other symphonies in the Lower Mainland, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Prince George Symphony, BC Chamber Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and Canada West Chamber Orchestra. He also loves performing with a wide variety of small chamber ensembles, and as a solo performer he enjoys in-studio and concert sessions. In addition to performing, Ben is the conductor of the Surrey Symphony Society’s Intermediate Strings.
Joel Stobbe, cello
Born and raised in Prince George, BC, Joel Stobbe was active in the local music scene with music festivals and orchestras. Since then, he has received his Artistic Diploma of Music Performance from the Augsburg Conservatory of Music in Germany, regularly performing as soloist and with chamber groups in Germany, France and Italy. Upon his return to Canada, Joel was a founding member of the Borealis String Quartet (2000-2005). He toured with the quartet, giving performances throughout Canada and the United States, with frequent broadcasts on radio and television. In addition to regular quartet activities, Joel enjoyed giving educational concerts and masterclasses together with the quartet to young people from Dawson City to New York City.
Joel was the Principal Cellist of the Vancouver Island Symphony from 2006-2014, and artistic director of its Noteworthy Kids program from 2012-2014. During this time he continued to be active as both a soloist and chamber musician in regular recitals and concerts. Joel is currently a cello teacher at the Langley Community Music School where he holds a substantial class of private cello students and serves as coordinator for LCMS’s advanced progams. In 2014, Joel expanded his career to conduct the Surrey Youth Orchestra and to serve as its Artistic Director. In addition to his busy teaching, administrative and conducting schedule, Joel enjoys regular adjudicating, teaching masterclasses and summer chamber music programs. He lives in Langley, BC, with his wife and 7 year old son, to whom he hopes to pass down his life-long hobby of classic automotive restoration.