Hello Fellow Chamber Music Lovers!

As the pumpkins are frosted and the falling leaves raked, your Quadra Island Chamber Music board are already hard at work planning for a (fingers crossed) July 2022 festival – huzzah! Engrave your calendar for the week of July 18-23. Cellist and artistic director Phil Hansen is planning a veritable banquet of music served by […]

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Watch Our 2021 Pop-Up Concerts

Goldberg Variations Video Poster - Kai Glutsteen, Dan Scholz, Beth Root Sandvoss

The Quadra Island Chamber Music Society struggled with the uncertainty of holding a festival in 2021. By the time the BC government gave the go ahead to gather, it became apparent that it would be difficult to organize one. As we were awarded a grant from ARTSBC which encouraged us to try to put together […]

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A Requiem for Simplicity

Daniel Scholz Headshot

I would like to take the opportunity to thank every member of the Youth Symphony for all your efforts and work in preparing, rehearsing, practicing and recording all of these parts. A very special thank you to Sophie Reimer-Epp and to River Sawchyn for gathering all the audio and video files, and stitching it together […]

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Sharing Music In These Extraordinary Times

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My niece Nathalie, currently sailing with her family in French Polynesia, told me about a saying among sailors, who are subject to the whims of ocean and weather: “Plans are written in the sand at low tide.” This has become true in the past months for musicians as well as many others. Just as we […]

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Dan Scholz Reports On An Active Autumn

Daniel Scholz With Viola

I have been quite busy in Winnipeg not only as a performing artist, but as a teacher, coach, and Conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Symphony. I also recently joined the executive board of the Canadian Viola Society as Secretary and am Vice Chair of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Musicians Committee. The fall started strong with […]

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The Enduring Work of Beethoven

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As we celebrate Beethoven’s 250 years, it is most interesting to explore why he has endured as one of the favourite composers of all time. In a nutshell, it is because Beethoven left us music for literally everyone to enjoy. For lovers and performers of chamber music, the string quartets are like no other. They […]

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How Did Beethoven Hear Music?

Rick Beato

In this episode from Rick Beato’s YouTube channel, he discusses Ludwig Van Beethoven’s hearing loss and demonstrates how music may have sounded to Beethoven and how he would have formulated his compositions in his mind towards the end of his life.

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Kosta Bozhinov Visits Quadra Island

Dr. Konstantin Bozhinov, PhD with Lute

Kosta Bozhinov has been performing at the Quadra Island Chamber Music Festival for 8 years. He could not resist a visit to our island in July during what would have been our festival week. Because of Covid, he and Kirstin spent a quiet night at the campground on Rebecca Spit. When asked how he was […]

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Natasha Hall Comes Home

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The Q I Chamber Music Society is continuing to explore how we might offer a festival next summer. In the meantime, we are keeping in touch with our musicians who are proving to be incredibly inspiring as they explore avenues to keep their spirits as well as their music alive and accessible. For this issue, […]

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