Vancouver Symphony trio coming to Quadra Island

An afternoon concert of fine chamber music will be presented by the Quadra Cultural Committee this Sunday

An afternoon concert of fine chamber music will be presented by the Quadra Cultural Committee this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. showcasing Vancouver-based Trio Accord and guest pianist Ian Parker.

The Trio and Ian enjoy performing in intimate settings suited to the spirit of chamber music and the Quadra Community Centre is a perfect venue for them with its small size and lively acoustics.

Listeners are able to sit very close to the performers, greatly enhancing their listening experience.

Trio Accord is made up of Mary Sokol Brown, violin; Andrew Brown, viola; and Ariel Barnes, cello.

Experienced musicians, holding positions with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and many other musical ensembles as well as performing solo throughout North America, the members of Trio Accord are becoming known as one of Canada’s premier chamber ensembles.

“Enchanting. That is the best word to describe the performance of Trio Accord,” said Heleni Davison, of the Barnacle Island Journal, Saltspring Island.

Prize-winning pianist, Parker is the younger cousin of concert pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Jamie Parker (founder of the Gryphon Trio.)

Ian holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, given annually for “the most talented Canadian artist” by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Ian was First Prize winner at the 2001 CBC National Radio Competition, and has also won the Grand Prize at the Canadian National Music Festival, the Corpus Christie International Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition.

An enthusiastic recitalist, Ian has performed across the United States, Western Europe, Israel, and throughout Canada.

He divides his time between summers in Vancouver where he teaches and plays chamber music and New York City, where he lives and performs during the concert season.

At their Quadra concert, Trio Accord and Ian Parker will present a Beethoven string trio, a Brahms piano quartet, and a brand new commissioned work from Vancouver composer Marcus Goddard entitled “Wind, Sand and Stars.”

While sharing unique insights about the music they play, this group of talented and experienced musicians will enrich your afternoon with musicality, inventiveness and technical brilliance.

Tickets for the afternoon concert are $17 advance at Hummingbird Office and Art Supply on Quadra and the Music Plant in Campbell River.

Door price is $20; students 16 and under are admitted free with an adult.

For more information call (250) 285-3560 or visit www.trioaccord.ca and  www.ianparker.ca