The 20th anniversary season of the Victoria Summer Music Festival is off to a hot start.
The recent Brass on the Barge concerts at Ogden Point were greeted by rave reviews and this week’s concert by Basses Loaded brought a capacity crowd to UVic’s Phillip T. Young Recital Hall.
Eugene Osadchy will be the next to perform at Phillip T. Young Recital Hall on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Osadchy, the former principal cello of the CBC Radio Orchestra, joins festival artistic director Arthur Rowe, piano, for selections from Beethoven, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.
Victoria natives Nikki and Timothy Chooi will take to the UVic stage Aug. 7. The violinists join forces with pianist Lorraine Min in a wide-ranging program of music by Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Sarasate and Arcur.
Aug. 8 will feature a performance by The Gryphon Trio. Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin, Roman Borys, cello, and Jamie Parker, piano, will perform works by Haydn and Mendelssohn, as well as an almost brand-new piece by Wijeratne.
After two sold out VSMF concerts last season, the Dover String Quartet returns with two outstanding programs Aug. 10 and 11. The quartet – featuring Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violins, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola, and Camden Shaw, cello – will perform Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Dvorak’s American Quartet and Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 2 on Aug. 10. On Aug.11, they will be joined by Arthur Rowe, piano, David Harding, viola, and Ariel Barnes, cello, performing Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet and Tchaikovsky’s stirring Souvenir de Florence string sextet.
All concerts are at the University of Victoria`s Phillip T.Young Recital Hall and begin at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 6:40 p.m.Tickets are available by calling 250-294-7778 or online at www.vsmf.org.