Edmonton Chamber Music Society / The 2022 Spring Equinox Festival

The Edmonton Chamber Music Society

The 2022 Spring Equinox Festival

March 19-24, 2022

The ECMS’ 2022 Spring Equinox Festival is the spring re-awakening of our postponed 2021 Summer Solstice Music Festival. This Festival consists of three Main Concerts and a special closing concert at The Foundry Room.

We look forward to you joining us; live and in person.

Adult: $31
Senior: $31
Student: $16
The Foundry Room event [Thursday, March 24, 2022]: $21
Festival Pass for 3 main concerts [March 19, 20, 23, 2022]: $77

Buy a Festival Pass for 3 Main Concerts

Of Love, Joy and Despair

Cheng2 Duo

Bryan Cheng  |  Cello  
Sylvie Cheng
 |  Piano

Saturday, March 19, 2022
7 PM:
 Pre-concert event featuring young performers
7:30 PM:

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
10037 84 Ave. NW  Edmonton, AB  [directions]

Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng and his sister Sylvie Cheng come to Edmonton hot off a major win at the International Music competition in South Africa. Past laureates have included the likes of Marc-Andre Hamelin and Renée Fleming. Earlier in the year, Bryan was a top prize winner at the Geneva International Music Competition and most recently, Sylvie was awarded a prestigious artist fellowship in New York City. This is the first appearance in Edmonton of this amazing duo.


Program | Program Notes

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Seven Variations on Mozart’s "Bei Männern" WoO 46

Eugène Ysaÿe (1858–1931)
Sonata for Solo Cello in C Minor, Op. 28, first movement

Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Cello Sonata, FP 143

  1. Allegro, Tempo di Marcia
  2. Cavatine
  3. Ballabile
  4. Finale

Paul Hindemith (1895–1963)
Phantasiestück, Op. 8, No. 2

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Allegro
  3. Largo
  4. Allegro

An Evening in Spain

Sunday, March 20, 2022
7 PM:
Pre-concert event
7:30 PM:

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
10037 84 Ave. NW  Edmonton, AB [directions]

**Update: Thursday, March 17, 2022**
Due to illness, soprano Miriam Khalil is unable to perform in this Sunday's An Evening in Spain.

All pieces will instead be performed as planned by Robert Uchida (violin), Keith Hamm (viola), Rafael Hoekman (cello), and Patricia Tao (piano).

Robert Uchida  |  Violin
Keith Hamm  |  Viola
Rafael Hoekman  |   Cello
Patricia Tao  |   Piano


Program | Program Notes

Lamma Bada Yatathana (Arab Andalusian Muwashshah)

Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960)
(From Ayre, arr. by Roberto Occhipinti)
Una madre comió asado (A mother roasted her child)
Sueltate las cintas (Untie your ribbons)

Manuel Garcia Morante (b. 1937)
(From Forty Canciones Sefardies)
A la una naci yo (At one I was born)
Morena” me llaman (People call me “the dark-skinned girl”)
Adios, queridas (Farewell, my loved ones)
Ya salió de la mar galana (The bride has emerged from the sea)

Enrique Arbós (1863–1939)

Fernando Obradors (1897–1945)
(From Canciones clásicas españolas, vol. 1)
La mi sola, Laureola (My one and only, Laureola)
Al amor (To the beloved)
¿Corazón, porqué pasáis (Heart, why do you…?)
El majo celoso (The jealous majo)
Con amores, la mi madre (Due to your love, mother)
Del cabello más sutil (Of the softest hair)
Chiquitita la novia (Tiny is the bride)

Joaquín Turina (1882–1949)
Piano Quartet in A Minor

  1. Lento – Andante mosso
  2. Vivo
  3. Andante – Allegretto

Viano String Quartet

Lucy Wang  |  Violin
Hao Zhou  |  Violin
Aiden Kane  |  Viola
Tate Zawadiuk  |  Cello

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
7 PM:
 Pre-concert event
7:30 PM:  Performance

Muttart Hall  |  MacEwan Univeristy  |  Alberta College Campus
10050 MacDonald Dr. NW  Edmonton, AB  [directions]

The young and exciting Viano String Quartet have been busy touring all over the world since they won the last Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2019. Viano will perform an exciting program of works by Jessie Montgomery, Prokofiev, Schulhoff and Borodin.


Program | Program Notes

Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981)
Strum: Music for Strings

Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92, on Kabardinian themes”

  1. Allegro sostenuto
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro

Alberto Ginastera (1916–1983)
Quartet No. 1, Op. 20
Allegro violento ed agitato

Alexander Borodin (1833–1887)
Quartet No. 2 in D Major
Allegro moderato

  1. Scherzo
  2. Notturno
  3. Finale

The Viano String Quartet at The Foundry Room

Thursday, March 24, 2022
6:30 PM  Doors
7:30 PM

The Foundry Room  |  Oliver Exchange Building
12021 102 Ave. NW  Edmonton, AB  [directions]

Enjoy food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere. The Foundry Room will have four reception boxes available for purchase for $15 each, along with a selection of beers, wine, highballs, plus their signature Caesars and sangria.

The Viano String Quartet, 2019 winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, has put together a varied and fun playlist of great string quartet works to make this a truly special evening. 

All tickets for The Foundry Room Event are $21.
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The Foundry Room  |  Oliver Exchange Building

Thank you to our sponsors:

Alberta Foundation for the ArtsEdmonton Community FoundationCanadian Heritage The City of EdmontonEdmonton Arts Council

Edmonton Community Foundation

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ECMS follows all health & safety guidelines specific to each venue.