The 2005/06 Coast Recital Society (CRS) season gets underway Sunday, Oct. 16, with a concert by one of classical music's top string quartets. The Vogler String Quartet of Berlin will perform works by Franz Schubert, Dimitri Shostakovich and Johannes Brahms at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt. The popular quartet last performed here in 2002 and won rave reviews from Sunshine Coast audience members.
The Vogler Quartet has been celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with appearances across North America and Europe. Since the ensemble was formed in 1985, its members have stayed together - a remarkable feat among musical ensembles - and their reputation has flourished. The Quartet includes Tim Vogler and Frank Reinecke, violins, Stefan Fehlandt, viola, and Stephan Forck, cello. "The Voglers are superb musicians," said CRS artistic director, Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright. "We're thrilled that not only are they returning to the Coast to perform, but also that they've agreed to share their expertise with members of the Sunshine Coast Community Orchestra and conductor Joe Hatherill as part of the Society's Artists in the Community Program."
When they're not fulfilling their extensive international schedule of recitals and recording, the Quartet members pursue busy teaching careers, including master classes and individual lessons. In their home city of Berlin, the Vogler Quartet has organized its own concert series, providing a base for performing a comprehensive array of chamber music works.
"We are fortunate indeed to have the Voglers return to the Coast," says Heinsheimer Wainwright. "To quote one of their rave reviews, I predict an afternoon that will appeal to the heart, the mind and the funny bone Ñ everything we can ask of chamber music.'" Tickets are still available, as are a few remaining Coast Recital Society season subscriptions. For tickets and information, call the CRS at 604-885-0991.