Romantic Gems


Saturday, January 18, 2025, 7:30 p.m.
Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC


Superstar violinist Stefan Jackiw (pronounced jack-EEV) headlines this ensemble that was originally booked to play for the Valley Concert Society in May of 2020, a concert that was cancelled in the early days of the pandemic. Stefan has performed with major orchestras in Europe and across North America from the New York Philharmonic in the east to the Vancouver Symphony in the west.

Clarinetist Yoonah Kim, Jackiw’s wife, became the first solo clarinetist in over 30 years to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2016. Born in Korea and raised in Langley, BC, Kim is on the faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School. She has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia, and has appeared as guest principal clarinet with four orchestras in the New York area.

Pianist Henry Kramer has won top prizes in numerous international competitions, most notably a second prize in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and being awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the world and in many chamber music performances. A Steinway artist, Kramer has taught at universities in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Missouri.

Arnold Choi is principal cello of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. After beginning his studies at Mount Royal College in Calgary, he went on to earn his Masters at Yale School of Music and his doctorate at Stony Brook University in New York. Choi gave his first solo recital tour in Mexico at age 14. He has gone on to perform with orchestras across Canada as well as in Europe and Asia.

These consummate professionals will bring a program of the finest Romantic-Era works. Trios by Brahms and Smetana bookend a rarely-heard gem. Walter Rabl was the first to compose a quartet for this unusual combination of instruments in 1896, just five years after Brahms wrote his clarinet trio.



Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Walter Rabl: Quartet for piano, violin, clarinet, and cello, Op. 1

Bedrich Smetana: Trio No. 1 in G minor for piano, violin, and cello, Op. 15