NEW SEASON STARTS SUNDAY - The Coast Reporter October 7, 2005

The 2005-2006 Coast Recital Society season gets underway Sunday, October 16th with a concert by one of classical music's top string quartets. The Vogler String Quartet of Berlin will perform works by Franz Schubert, Dimitri Shostakovich and Johannes Brahms at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt. The popular quartet last performed here in 2002, and won rave reviews from Sunshine Coast audience members.

The Vogler Quartet has been celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with appearances across North America and Europe. Since the ensemble was formed in 1985, its members have stayed together - a remarkable feat among musical ensembles - and their reputation has flourished. The Quartet includes Tim Vogler and Frank Reinecke, violins, Stefan Fehlandt, viola, and Stephan Forck, cello. Following a recent concert in the U.K., the critic for The Guardian newspaper said, "The Vogler Quartet belong in the highest category of contemporary string quartets. They play with a wonderful expressive ease and warmth and possess the unteachable knack of being able to communicate everything they do directly and unaffectedly. Their performances are marvels of eloquent phrasing and subtle co-ordination."

Coast Recital Society Artistic Director, Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright agrees. "The Voglers are superb musicians, and we're thrilled that not only are they returning to the Coast to perform, but also that they've agreed to share their expertise with members of the Sunshine Coast Community Orchestra and conductor Joe Hatherill, as part of the Society's Artists in the Community Program."

When they're not fulfilling their extensive international schedule of recitals and recording, the Quartet members pursue busy teaching careers, including master classes and individual lessons. In their home city of Berlin, the Vogler Quartet has organized its own concert series, providing a base for performing a comprehensive array of chamber music works. The Quartet has also pioneered a model of musical development in County Sligo, Ireland. Working closely with local musicians and schools as a quartet in residence, they have helped devise programs in the areas of performance, musical and instrumental education. As founders of Sligo's annual Vogler Spring Festival, they bring together international musicians in a high quality musical assembly.

"We are fortunate indeed to have the Voglers return to the Coast," says Heinsheimer Wainwright. "To quote one of their rave reviews, I predict an afternoon that will appeal 'to the heart, the mind and the funny bone - everything we can ask of chamber music.'"

Tickets are still available for Sunday's concert, as are a few remaining Coast Recital Society season subscriptions. For tickets and information, call the CRS at 885-0991.