The New Orford String Quartet plays at the Quadra Community Centre Thanksgiving Day to kick off this season’s concert series.

Gives thanks for New Orford String Quartet

The newest rendition of the Orford String quartet opens the Quadra Island concert series this season

The Quadra Cultural Committee is proud to present the New Orford String Quartet as the first in its 2013-2014 concert series on Mon., October 14, Thanksgiving Day at 2:30 p.m. at the Quadra Community Centre.

Almost 50 years ago, the Orford String Quartet set out on its path to becoming one of Canada’s best known and most illustrious ensembles. After 26 years and more than 2000 concerts on six continents, the Orford String Quartet disbanded in 1991.

In 2009, the New Orford String Quartet arose from the fame and tradition of its glorious predecessor and gave its first concert to a sold-out audience at the Orford Arts Centre that year. Emerging from the rich waters of two of Canada’s major orchestras, the New Orford String Quartet is now this country’s premiere string quartet.

In the short time since its creation, the New Orford String Quartet has seen remarkable success, giving annual concerts at the Orford Arts Centre for national CBC broadcast and receiving unanimous critical acclaim, including two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year.

Hailed for their “ravishingly beautiful tone” as well as their “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship” the members of the New Orford String Quartet are all principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.

Violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, violist Eric Nowlin and cellist Brian Manker will be playing the early Beethoven Quartet in B-flat major, Opus 18 No.6; Canadian R. Murray Schafer’s String Quartet No. 1; and Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No.2.

The New Orford String Quartet debut CD of the final quartets of Schubert and Beethoven on Bridge Records received international acclaim and a JUNO award nomination in 2012.

The Quadra concert is part of an extensive 16 concert Western Canadian tour including performances in Edmonton, Calgary, White Rock and Victoria. So pop your turkey in the oven, put on your raincoats and head over to Quadra Island Community Centre on Thanksgiving Day and you’ll be thankful you did.

Tickets are available at the Music Plant in Campbell River and on Quadra at Hummingbird Office and Art Supply and at Works of H’Art. Advance tickets are $17; $20 at the door.  Students 16 and under will be admitted free with an adult. For more information, please call 250-285-2580 or visit