Journal of the San Juan Islands


Great eight share the stage in Chamber Music's season opener

September 19, 2013 · Updated 2:53 PM

Eight internationally acclaimed musician will share the stage when Chamber Music San Juans opens its 26th season, Saturday, Sept. 21, at San Juan Community Theatre. / Contributed photo/SJCT

Take two guitars, two violins, a cello, a clarinet, a viola and a piano — then add into that mix no fewer than eight internationally acclaimed classical musicians — and what’d get?

Answer is… none other than Chamber Music San Juans shattering stereotypes and coloring outside the lines as it launches into its 26th season with an unconventional performance, Saturday, Sept. 21, at San Juan Community Theatre; showtime is 7:30 p.m.

“This concert is the most diverse ever presented by the ensemble and will appeal to all musical tastes,” beams CMSJ Artistic Director and clarinetist Patricia Kostek.

Joining the Chamber Music ensemble for the season-opener is guitarist Alexander Dunn, who leads the guitar program at the University of Victoria, considered one of the best in Canada, and Randy Pile, recitalist, soloist and touring artist for the California Arts Council.

Featured performers in Saturday’s concert also include Seattle Symphony pianist Jessica Choe and violinists Artur Girsky and Natasha Bazhanov, cellist Rowena Hammill-Davis of Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and Northwest Ballet violist Tim Christie.

The performance features musical selections by Spanish and Mexican composers, and a virtuoso clarinet quartet by Krommer ending with Brahms' masterpiece, the Quintet in F minor for strings and piano.

The Business Partner for the performance is Kings Market. Tickets: $26 adults, $13 student reserved, $5 student RUSH (day of show).

Provisions have been made by a private donor for free tickets for anyone in need of financial assistance to attend a theatre event. Info, 378-3210, or visit www.sjctheatre.org.


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