THE BOREALIS STRING QUARTET - The Coast Reporter September 25, 2004

One of Canada's most exciting young chamber music ensembles, The Borealis String Quartet, will launch the Coast Recital Society's 2004-2005 concert season, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 3 at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt.

The Borealis - violinists, Patricia Shih and Yuel Yawney, violist Nikita Pogrebnoy, and cellist Joel Stobbe - is the first resident professional string quartet at the University of British Columbia. They played to appreciative Coast fans in 2002, and their return engagement here heralds a season of fine Canadian and international classical artists. They will perform music by Beethoven, Shostakovitch and Mendelssohn.

Making her Coast debut in recital October 24, renowned Canadian pianist Angela Cheng will also play a school concert and conduct a master class with two gifted local piano students, Stephen Beckmyer and Neal Andrews. "This is a first-time event in the Coast Recital Society's Community Outreach Program," says artistic director Frances Wainwright. "We're thrilled that a player of Angela Cheng's calibre both as an artist and teacher, has agreed to perform for and instruct young people." Cheng's school concert takes place at the Raven's Cry Theatre, 9:30 a.m., Monday, October 25, followed by the master class at 11 a.m. Admission to the master class is free, but passes are required and can be obtained at the CRS office. Next on the CRS playbill are two international ensembles. The Osiris Trio from Holland performs on November 7 and in early 2005, the CRS presents the Vlach Quartet Prague on February 13. The Canadian duo of cellist Yegor Dyachkov and pianist Libby Yu perform March 13. This concert will be recorded by CBC Radio and hosted from the stage by CBC Producer Michael Juk. Dyachkov will also give a student concert while on the Coast. The CRS season ends April 3 with a recital by Pascal Rogé, one of the world's greatest interpreters of French piano repertoire.