Vancouver Island Chamber Music Festival

From the Nanaimo News Bulletin (19 June 2018):




22, 23 June 2018

All concerts at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (100 Chapel Street)

TICKETS $20 | $50 Festival Pass (all three concerts)

available at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music and at the door



Friday 22 June at 7:00 pm

Tiresias Duo

Mark McGregor (flute) / Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa (piano)

Betty Allison (soprano) with Robert Holliston (piano)



Saturday 23 June at 2:00 pm

Island Time Saxophone Quartet

Rod Mont / Nicola Crowhurst / Jim Thompson / Brent Pattison

David Michaux (trumpet) with Robert Holliston (piano)



Saturday 23 June at 7:00 pm

Tidesong Trio

Mary Jackson (piano) / Larry de la Haye (clarinet) / Eve-lyn de la Haye (soprano)

Joshua Amendt-Moylan (guitar)





TRIO 211

Bernard Blary

Larisa Lebeda

Alec Pearson

The freshly formed “Trio 211” only began rehearsing together since May 2016 and in that time has already set a pace as an active and exciting ensemble performing at multiple venues and events across the lower mainland.

The trio (and its name) formed when Larisa Lebeda joined an already existing flute and guitar duet between Bernard Blary and Alec Pearson. The addition of Larisa’s passionate playing has opened up a whole new world of possibility of repertoire choices and arrangements for these artists to explore and share with their audiences. The wealth of unique timbres and characteristics between the three instruments (four if you count Larisa’s viola) has created a colorful and rarely heard tonal palette.

The constant creation of new arrangements for the trio guarantees rehearsals are always filled with exciting energy and a lot of coffee.


Colin Van de Reep

Greg Samek

Gael Chabot-Leclerc

Daniel Tones

Fringe Percussion is a percussion quartet dedicated to presenting works from the contemporary Western art music and traditional non-Western repertories. Before Fringe Percussion’s inception there was not an active professional percussion ensemble in the greater Vancouver area with a regular concert season. Fringe Percussion recognized this void in the musical community and continues to fill it by presenting exceptional concerts that feature creative, cutting-edge music.

Before joining to become Fringe Percussion, Jonathan Bernard, Martin Fisk, Brian Nesselroad and Daniel Tones had been working together for several years in numerous professional ensembles such as the Orchid Ensemble, Ensemble Symposium, Four Gallon Drum, the Helikon Ensemble, Vancouver New Music and the Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Kamloops symphonies.

The name of the ensemble is derived from the diverse and marginalized musical environments to which its members regularly contribute. Performers of contemporary chamber music, jazz, musical theatre and the popular and classical musics of various world cultures, Fringe Percussion’s members contribute to the musical periphery— genres outside of the established mainstream that form the core of Western art music.


Müge Büyükçelen

Cory Balzer

Mieka Michaux

Alasdair Money

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 and the Aventa Ensemble of Victoria BC, the Emily Carr String Quartet has performed in Canada, the USA and Europe. They have performed for “Music in the Morning” and “Music on Main” concert series in Vancouver, the Ankara Music Festival, Hornby Festival, Victoria Summer Music Festival and the IAMA Canadian Music Showcase in Montreal.

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 quartet has also done much to honour the celebrated local artist, Emily Carr. They perform works that pay homage to her, such as Jean Coulthard’s “Pines of Emily Carr”, and have incorporated her writings into some concerts, most notably in a summer series held at Emily Carr House in 2006, 2012 and 2014.

In 2011, as part of the Victoria Symphony’s Emily Carr Project, the quartet participated in the première of “Stories from Klee Wyck” by local composer Tobin Stokes. The ECSQ is also devoted to contemporary music, and has commissioned three works from Canadian composers inspired by Carr’s work. The first was Tobin Stokes’s “Feathers” (2014) and the other two were 10th-anniversary commissions: Jocelyn Morlock’s “Big Raven” (2015) and “Strangled by Growth” (2016) by Jared Miller.

AD MARE REED TRIO            

Marea Chernoff, oboe   

Christopher Lee, clarinet

Sophie Dansereau, bassoon  

The Ad Mare Trio is comprised of the reed players from Vancouver’s well-known Ad Mare Wind Quintet. These three dedicated performers combine their diverse experience to celebrate the liveliness and beauty of the wind trio repertoire

The Trio has performed all over the Lower Mainland in recital series at the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Capilano University, and Douglas College as well as in Tofino BC, as part of the Tofino Winter Music Series. Ad Mare Trio is also part of the Health Arts Society – a highly successful program designed to bring professional musicians into hospitals and care homes, bringing top quality performances to those unable to attend outside concerts. 

The Ad Mare Trio delights in the unique sound of their combined instruments and strives to introduce audiences to the often unknown gems of their repertoire.


The Victoria Brass is comprised of musicians from both the Victoria Symphony and the Vancouver Island Symphony.  They have earned an outstanding reputation as a supporting ensemble for many musical activities in Victoria, most notably the annual Christmas concert “The Night Before the Night Before” held every December 23 by the CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble.  The also appeared as guests of the Malaspina Choir in Nanaimo in 2016.  

This concert is a rare opportunity to hear the Victoria Brass present a programme on their own.

David Michaux and Stevan Paranosic, trumpets

Alana Despins, horn

Matt McConchie and Robert Fraser, trombones


Cellist Marina Hasselberg’s musical career led her from her birth country of Portugal across the world to Vancouver’s eclectic music scene. Starting as a chamber musician specializing in classical music, her passions have expanded to include baroque music, new music, and interdisciplinary works that cross genre boundaries. She is currently exploring how electronics intersect with traditional cello techniques.

Marina has played cello for various orchestras, chamber music ensembles, theatre, dance productions, and films. She serves as the principal cellist of the Vancouver Island Symphony, while also performing with groups and organizations such as Vancouver New Music, Early Music Vancouver, Sound of Dragon Ensemble, Turning Point Ensemble, Plastic Acid Orchestra, Redshift Music Society, Vancouver Pro Music, the Okanagan and Kamloops symphonies, and pop stars including Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, and Rod Stewart.

Recently Marina has received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for emerging artist in Music, and a Jessie award for outstanding artistic achievement in music ensemble work for “Onegin” (Arts Club Theatre). She was select as the Feature Artist for Pro Musica’s 2017 Sonic Boom Music Festival, and her own NOVO Ensemble was voted Vancouver Courier’s best classical music ensemble alongside the VSO and Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.

Catherine Fern Lewis is renowned as a highly versatile soprano and sound artist.  An ambassador and active exponent of Canada’s new music and art scene, Lewis has premiered over one hundred pieces by prominent composers, and created her own multi-media works that push the boundaries of performance.

Lewis earned a BMus from the University of Victoria, where she was influenced by professors Rudolf Komorous and Martin Bartlett.  She devoted three subsequent years to vocal training in Europe and Canada, studying under luminaries Frances James Adaskin, Selena James, Mary Morrison, and Pierre Bernac.  She appears as soloist with symphony orchestras and in recitals of new and traditional music.  Her improvisations have shaped the work of collaborators from other disciplines; many pieces have been written expressly for her.

Lewis’ personal creative explorations are uniquely interdisciplinary, combining movement, sound, film, and installation.  Her site-specific work has been presented by art galleries and festivals in Canada and Europe.  Lewis lives in Victoria, BC, and teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.