The Rose Gellert String Quartet will perform in the first Concerts Café Classico concert on Sept. 16. Supplied photo

LCMS String Faculty and Friends open concert season

First Concerts Cafe Classico concert set for Sunday, Sept. 16

Members of the Langley Community Music School (LCMS) string faculty and the LCMS ensemble in residence the Rose Gellert String Quartet are launching the school’s 2018-2019 concert season later this month.

The two groups will perform at the first Concerts Café Classico concert, coffee and commentary at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.

The programme features a couple of movements from some of Mendelssohn’s most beloved chamber music: the D minor Piano Trio and his Cello Sonata in D major. The programme also includes a movement from the tragic ‘Rosamunde’ quartet of Schubert. Other shorter pieces will round out the concert.

The LCMS String Faculty performers include Monica Kobelt (violin), Joel Stobbe (cello), Judy Lou (cello), with Rose Gellert String Quartet members Will Chen (violin), Samuel Tsui (violin), violist Peter Ing (violist), and Ben Goheen (cello). They will also be joined by LCMS Piano Faculty members Monica Kobelt (piano) and Christina Tong (piano), as they collaborate to share some of the gems of the chamber music literature.

All of the performers are highly accomplished musicians in their own right, with many having toured across the world performing with notable orchestras, chamber groups or as soloists.

“LCMS is thrilled to welcome you to another wonderful season filled with a variety of local and international artists and ensembles,” said LCMS Artistic Director Elizabeth Bergmann.

“(Next year) 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of LCMS. We are proud to be featuring many alumni and artists who have a close relationship with the school, and I invite you to celebrate this milestone with us.”

The concert line-up for the 2018-2019 school year includes six Café Classico concerts and four Rose Gellert concerts.

Café Classico Concerts are Sunday afternoons with commentary and coffee at 2:30 p.m., and the concert at 3:30 p.m.

  • Sept. 16 — LCMS String Faculty and Friends;
  • Oct. 28 — Saxophilia Saxophone Quartet;
  • Dec. 2 — Daniel Bolshoy (guitar) and Milton Masciadri (double bass);
  • Feb. 10, 2019 — Susan Tang (piano);
  • March 10, 2019 — Stephen Duncan (baritone) and Derek Stanyer (piano); and
  • May 5, 2019 — Roland Gjernes (cello) and Paul Williamson (piano).

Rose Gellert Concerts are Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sept. 29, 2018— Bergmann Piano: Duo American Stories;
  • Nov. 17, 2018 — Borealis String Quartet;
  • Jan. 26, 2019 — Jon Kimura Parker (piano) and Aloysia Friedmann (violin); and
  • April 13, 2019 — Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes (pianos).

Tickets for this Concerts Café Classico event are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. For those that want to attend several concerts during the season, a Concerts Café Classico flex pass is also available for any four concerts in the series for $72 adults and $65 seniors. Call the box office at 604-534-2848.

The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 St.

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