Vetta Chamber Music

Friday, October 29, 2021
Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

José Franch-Ballester, clarinet
Joan Blackman, violin
David Gillham, violin
Emilie Grimes, viola
Zoltan Rozsnyai, cello

Vetta Chamber Music opens the 2021-22 season with a program entitled The “B” Team. It
features the music of Beethoven and Brahms.

Artistic Director and violinist Joan Blackman leads the group in a performance of Beethoven’s
String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18 No. 1. Joan served as Associate Concertmaster of the
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for many years. She has also performed and recorded with the
Victoria Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble and the Banff Festival
Orchestra. She has enjoyed an extensive career as a chamber musician, playing with such groups
as the Purcell String Quartet and the Gryphon Trio.

Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester will join the quartet to perform Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B
minor, Op. 115. Franch-Ballester is a professor at UBC and has been in great demand as both a
solo artist and a chamber musician. He was a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career
Grant in 2008. As a concert soloist, he made his New York debut with the Orchestra of St.
Luke’s at Lincoln Center and went on to perform with numerous orchestras across Spain, the
U.S. and around the world.

COVID Safety Protocols – Please read carefully 

Valley Concert Society 

Please find our COVID Safety Plan for the upcoming fall season. We intend to operate with these protocols in place unless health orders change:

• Ticket Sales – Tickets are limited to 50% due to public health restrictions. We strongly recommend buying them ahead of time online or by phone as they may sell out quickly. 

• Occupancy Limits are capped at 50% capacity in the auditorium with seating remaining distanced. Ushers will be inside directing audience members to seats that are appropriately distanced.

• Proof of Vaccination – as per the Public Health Order, entry to VCS concerts will require proof of vaccination for persons 12 years of age and older. Ticket buyers will be required to attest that they have proof of vaccination at the time of purchase. They will also need to show proof and government-issued picture ID when entering the auditorium. For more information visit

• Masks are mandatory in public indoor spaces and are mandatory at all of our concerts.

• No Intermission – As long as the current restrictions are in place, our concerts will be performed without an intermission, and no concession will be offered. Personal bottled water will be permitted in theauditorium.

• Seating Requirements – By order of the PHO, patrons are asked to remain in their seats except to use the washroom. There will be no reserved seating.

• Stay Home if You are Feeling Sick – Anyone who has or has had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, has arrived from outside of Canada, or has been in contact with anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, will be asked to stay home

.• Social Distancing – Guests are encouraged to leave immediately following the concert to avoid congregating in large groups.