The Sooke Harbour House and Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Series Production present the Emily Carr String Quartet on the evening of Wednesday, February 28 between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. Tickets available via EventBrite, by visiting our website or any of the select locations in Sooke (Little Vienna Bakery, Shoppers Drug Mart)
The Emily Carr String Quartet has quickly established itself as one of BC’s finest music ensembles. Formed in 2006 by members of the Victoria Symphony in Victoria BC, the Emily Carr String Quartet has performed in the US, Europe and Asia. They have collaborated with artists such as William Preucil, Jamie Parker, Arthur Rowe, the Alcan Quartet and the Tin Alley Quartet. The ECSQ has been featured on CBC radio’s “North by Northwest” and their CD “Hidden Treasure” was nominated for the 2012 classical recording of the year at the Western Canadian music awards.
The Emily Carr String Quartet will perform Beethoven’s first quartet*, a beautiful gentle work by a masterful Beethoven , followed by one of his last great works, the mighty Op.131, often considered one of the finest works ever written.
Beethoven’s Opus 131 continues to stand as a pillar of greatness in the quartet repertoire. Beethoven considered this his finest quartet; a work consisting of seven sections that are played virtually without pause and contain a vast range of forms, textures and feelings. Evident here are the master’s fondness for extreme and bizarre contrasts while still creating a profound unity from this diverse set of musical ideas.
In contrast Beethoven’s Op 18 #3 is his the most relaxed quartet with a bright, lyrical and humorous mood. It overflows with invention, passion and technical brilliance, while at times imitates the finest points of those who came before him, Hayden and Mozart. It closes with an uproarious cartoon chase that finishes in an exuberant romp. Opus 18 #3 is indeed a harbinger of Beethoven’s great string quartets to follow.
They will also be playing a third selection, written for them by Tobin Stokes, called Feathers. This piece was inspired by Emily Carr’s descriptions of birds from her books and journals.
“Emily Carr’s written world is alive, from the moon or a fern to a puddle,” wrote Stokes this about the work. “Delightful descriptions of birds pepper her work; endless whimsy and humour where each character is always up to something. She shared her joy and love for birds with everyone – her family, neighbours, even hospital patients in a sanatorium. It’s fun bringing her birds to life through music, with endless vignettes to draw from. Today’s new music doesn’t often seek whimsey or simple delights, so I’m fortunate for the chance to explore with the Emily Carr String Quartet’s encouragement and musical excellence.
*Program is subject to change
Make your evening extra special with a Pre or Post Performance Set Menu in our cozy Copper Room: 2 courses for $26 or 3 courses for $33. Reservations are required, which you can make by calling 250.642.3421.
Sooke Harbour House Resort Hotel
The Potlatch Room
1528 Whiffin Spit Road
Sooke, BC V9Z 0T4