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Oceanside Classical Concerts Society prepares full season of music

First of five concerts takes place on Oct. 15
The first of five concerts in the Oceanside Classical Concert Society’s season takes place on Oct. 15, with Cheng² Duo. (Harald Hoffmann photo)

Oceanside Classical Concerts Society (OCCS) has an exciting lineup of internationally acclaimed artists for its upcoming season, which will be its eighth year presenting classical music concerts at Knox United Church (345 Pym St) in Parksville.

The first of five concerts takes place on Oct. 15, with Cheng² Duo, the brother and sister team of cellist Bryan Cheng and pianist Silvie Cheng, according to a news release by OCCS.

Named one of CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30,” Cheng² Duo has been making music for 17 years and perform a wide-ranging repertoire, from baroque to contemporary to original arrangements inspired by folk music. They have performed in concert halls in North America, Europe and Asia.

Next is pianist Dr. Michael Kim on Nov. 26. Kim received his master of music and doctor of musical arts from The Juilliard School.

A recipient of multiple Canadian and international awards, he has toured extensively in North America, South America, the UK and South Korea. In addition, he holds the position of Dean of the Faculty of Music at Western University.

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On Jan. 21, violinist Yuel Yawner, cellist Sungyong Lim (both members of the Borealis String Quartet) and pianist Libby Yu will perform. Together they form the Aurora Piano Trio. Each member has performed around the world and bring extensive chamber music experience.

The Ad Mare Wind Quintet take to the stage on March 6, 2023. Based in Vancouver, the quintet is comprised of Rosanne Wieringa (flute), Marea Chernoff (oboe), Benjamin Kinsman (horn), AK Coope (clarinet) and Sophie Dansereau (bassoon).

The Vancouver Island Symphony will present ‘The Pictures Project’ for OCCS subscribers on April 27. It will feature an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists who have collaborated for a special presentation of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a suite in 10 movements reflecting interpretations of a viewer making their way through an exhibition of paintings by Viktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky saw himself as being the viewer.

The entire series is sold on a subscription basis — no individual tickets are sold. More information and subscriptions can be found on the society’s website.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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