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Concert review: Bold start to Chamber Musicians’ season

Its Sept. 10 concert at Kamloops United Church was a stunning example of the professional level it has achieved
Chamber concert review Sept10 22
In the photos, the performers left to right are Cvetozar Vutev, Dimiter Terziev, Sandra Wilmot, Ashley Kroecher, and Martin Krátký.

From its beginnings doing a few house concerts to the current nine-concert season, the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops has come a long way.

Its Sept. 10 concert at Kamloops United Church was a stunning example of the professional level it has achieved.

Throughout a diverse program, the members of the Sycamore String Quartet never missed a beat. By the end, aided by the matching intensity of Dimiter Terziev’s piano part, the quartet was molded into one smooth operating unit. From the delicate to the ferocious, this concert covered a lot of ground.

In between, there was rock music turned classical, a sweet, ethereal movement from a Shostakovich quartet and an emotional suite based on folk themes by Ukrainian composer Boris Lyatoshynsky.

Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor by César Franck was a tour de force. It began with thunderous notes, loud and imploring. It introduced a theme that recurred often. In the second movement, it came as a relief from the weight of “gear shifting” (modulation).

In the third, its return was otherworldly. As Terziev said in his introduction, the work offered no answers.

The concert can be viewed online at chambermusiciansofkamloops.org until Sept. 24. Tickets at $10 and $15 online at eventbrite.com.

The next concert is German Romantics on Oct. 8. More information is on the Chamber Musicians’ website.