COAST RECITAL SOCIETY 07/08 SEASON - Sunstream Sept/Oct 2007

If your classical music sensibilities thrill to the sound of a glorious voice, or the subtle precision of a string quartet, or the fascinating variety of a wind ensemble, or the virtuosity of the solo pianist, The Coast Recital Society’s 2007-2008 playbill has a concert, or six concerts, just for you.

“We’ve assembled a wonderful selection of musicians,” says CRS artistic director, Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright. “Some of our Canadian favourites, such as mezzo-soprano Susan Platts and pianist Anton Kuerti, are making return visits; we’re introducing some rising stars and established players, too.”

All concerts take place in Sechelt’s Raven’s Cry Theatre, starting with the renowned Kodály Quartet, October 21st. With over four decades of international appearances and numerous recordings, the Quartet exemplifies the richness of Hungarian musical tradition.

November 4th brings the CRS début of the young German pianist Markus Groh, who has garnered rave reviews for the astonishing power of his recital playing.

The great Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti performs November 25th. A favourite with audiences in the nearly 40 countries where he has performed, Kuerti boasts a long, distinguished career and a vast repertoire.

The 2008 portion of the season gets underway January 20th with a CRS and all-Canadian favourite, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, who will be accompanied by collaborative pianist Rena Sharon. Called “the next Maureen Forrester,” Platts made her Carnegie Hall début in 2004 and pursues a full schedule of orchestral and recording engagements across North America and abroad.

On February 10th, like a warm, tropical breeze, the chamber ensemble Winds of the Southern Cross, promise to banish the winter blahs. The group performs a rich and wide variety of repertoire in many genres.

The CRS season ends with a March 2nd recital featuring the young baritone Tyler Duncan, accompanied by Erika Switzer. Hailed as one of Canada’s brightest and finest young singers, Duncan is in demand around the world as a concert, opera and recital soloist.