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Review: Chamber Musicians of Kamloops offer sounds to awaken and soothe

The group’s fifth concert of the season was streamed live on Feb. 20 and can be enjoyed online until March 6. Tickets are at
Chamber Musicians of Kamloops
In Passions, pianist Dimiter Terziev performs some of the most iconic and emotionally charged pieces in the piano repertoire, such as Beethoven’s Appassionata and Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz, as well as works by Chopin and Vladigerov.

Making music and finding audiences is what musician do — pandemic or no pandemic.

No group more obviously did that than the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops in the fifth concert of their 2020-2021 season. Passions was live streamed on Saturday night (Feb. 20) and will remain online and available to view until March 6 at 10 p.m. Ticket information can be found online at

The concert features 90 minutes of sounds to awaken and soothe.

Pianist Dimiter Terziev, trained in Bulgaria, Montreal and Edmonton, and now a resident of Kamloops, enters holy ground, as he put it, by starting with a classic Beethoven sonata. It contains Beethoven’s famous same three shorts and a long, in softer, lower notes. Although presumably about enduring suffering, there is a sense of fighting back, purposeful melodies and a sense of striding forward. That is followed by (ah, so different) two Chopin nocturnes with an etude between.

The second half includes two works by Franz Liszt: the less “smashing and bashing” Liszt, followed by truly soothing sounds in Water Colours by Pancho Vladigerov.

There is indeed pain and suffering in Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No.1 as poor Faust makes a very bad bargain with the devil. In playing Liszt’s Grande étude de Paganini No.2, Terziev‘s fingers become the wings of birds going up, down and over the keys.

Although virtual, the audience is included throughout, from the simply stated previews of each piece to the respectful bows of the musicians as each ends. As a bonus, listeners were able, during the initial live video performance, ask questions or leave comments through a chat line. Standing on stage, Terziev used a cellphone to reply.

Up next

On Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m., three longtime musician friends — Naomi Cloutier, Catherine Dochstader and Sally Arai — will perform music that heralds spring. The Chamber Musicians of Kamloops website has the program and a link for tickets.