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 the BC Arts Council which encouraged us to try to put together some concerts, we quickly reached out to musicians who happened to be in the vicinity. Our thanks to Jill and Ben of the SouthEnd Farm and Winery who then generously provided us with an outside venue to host two pop up concerts. To be on the safe side, Covid protocols were implemented.

On Tuesday evening, August 10, Kai Glutsteen, violin, was accompanied by Dan Scholz, viola, and Beth Root Sandvoss, cello, to dazzle the audience with Kai’s string interpretation of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

On Thursday evening, August 12, Konstantin Bozhinov, accordion, and Michael Burnyeat, violin, evoked deep emotions as they traveled the world on a folk music journey.

Goldberg Variations

Kai Glutsteen, violin, Dan Scholz, viola and Beth Root Sandvoss, cello

The audience’s response to both concerts was heartfelt as comments reflected a sincere appreciation for some respite from the cultural dessert imposed by Covid over the past two summers. The musicians were beyond pleased to be back on Quadra playing to a truly appreciative group of supporters. All in all, the two concerts provided a bridge to what we hope will be a full slate of events in 2022.