The first annual Vancouver Island Chamber Music Festival is being presented by the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music at 7 pm on Friday, February 25, 2011, and at 2 pm and 7 pm on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 29 Church Street, Nanaimo. Advance festival passes are $20 plus a small booking fee (good for all three shows) from the Port Theatre Box Office, Individual show tickets are $10 at the door. This event is part of the Nanaimo Arts Council’s Spirit of Shadow Spirit of Light Festival that is running throughout February, 2011.
“I am thrilled that the conservatory is able to present this festival for the first time. The support of the Nanaimo Arts Council and the Spirit Fund mean that we can create a new event that we are hoping will happen every year in Nanaimo,” said Kathleen Darby, executive director of the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.
The Chamber Music Festival features six acts in three top-quality shows performed by professional musicians. There are a total of 15 musicians involved in the event, 10 of whom teach at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. The Festival will be an eclectic mix of styles and is sure to delight audience members of all musical tastes. On Friday, February 25, at 7 pm the Sonora Quartet will play works by Shostakovitch, Leonard Bernstein, and others. The 2 pm matinee on Saturday, February 26, will feature numbers by Guiliani, Ibert, Carulli, Piazolla, and Reinecke. The 7 pm performance on Saturday, February 26, includes pieces by Julia Bowkun, Eugene Goossens, Norman Dello Joio, and Julia Bowkun. For more information call 250-754-4611.