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Tiny music goes big at TOSH

Renowned quartet resurrects classical salon music in Music on Sunday series

The Old School House Art Centre’s Music on Sunday series gets tiny with the big sound of Viveza Jan. 17.

The quartet are Canada’s premier practitioners of salon music, a popular 19th-century subset of classical music comprised mostly of short, piano-based pieces.

Viveza, from the Spanish word for lively or vivacious, consists of Robert Holliston on piano, Gwen Thompson on violin, Lee Duckles on cello and Wilmer Fawcett on double bass. The veteran symphony and opera artists have toured and recorded extensively for the past two decades, and have been heard regularly on CBC’s Disc Drive and other national programs.

They are also noted teachers in music academy and conservatory.

Together, Viveza will delve into a delightful repertoire of “miniatures” by composers including Brahms and Piazzolla, and thrown in a dash of Spanish music and tango as befits the Viveza name.

The concert runs from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at The Old School House Arts Centre, at 122 Fern Rd. West in Qualicum Beach.

Admission is $16, and seating is limited. For tickets or more information, call TOSH at 250-752-6133 or visit

— Submitted by TOSH

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