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MODULATE, CHEVALIER!

A Bold Start to the 2022/23 Classical Music Season

From its beginnings doing a few house concerts to the present nine concert season, the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops has come a long way. Their concert on Saturday night at Kamloops United Church was a stunning example of the professional level it has achieved.

Throughout a diverse program, the members of the Sycamore String Quartet never missed a beat. At its end, aided by the matching intensity of Dimiter Terzievs piano part, they were molded into one smooth operating unit. From the delicate to the ferocious, this concert covered a lot of ground. In between there was rock music turned classical; a sweet, ethereal movement from a Shostakovich quartet and an emotional suite based on folk themes by the Ukrainian composer, Boris Lyatoshynsky.

Quintet for piano and strings in f minor by César Franck was a tour de force. It begins with thunderous notes – loud and imploring. It introduces a theme that recurs often. In the 2nd movement, it comes as a relief from the weight of ‘gear shifting’ (modulation). In the 3rd, its return is other worldly. As Terziev said in his introduction, the work offers no answers.


This concert can be viewed until September 24th. Tickets at $10 and $15 from Eventbrite.
The following eight concerts are spaced one a month; all at Kamloops United Church at 7:30. The upcoming is “German Romantics” on October 8. Information on it and the others is on the Chamber Musicians’ website.

Submitted by Leslie Hall