We have enjoyed outstanding musical experiences during the current season of The Valley
Concert Society brought by consummate musical artists. These encounters with magic are not
lightly earned—they emerge from countless hours of rehearsal built upon a lifetime of work
honing technique and artistry.
When Duo Concertante performs at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Friday, May 6, at
7:30 p.m., it will represent the conjunction of two groups with a shared commitment to
supporting the growth of a new generation which will bring its own magic to new stages.
Prior to the performance, The Valley Concert Society will present bursaries to three talented
music students from our community. The bursaries honour two founding members of the society,
Paul Moritz and Marjorie Nixon.
On Saturday morning, May 7, The Valley Concert Society will hold its third string masterclass
with violinist Nancy Dahn as clinician. She will share her considerable knowledge and expertise
with two outstanding violinists from the community. The public is welcome to attend the
masterclass at Peace Lutheran Church, 2029 Ware St. Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. There will
be two 30-minutes sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 each. The Valley Concert
Society is especially grateful to Hans Kruger of Columbia Cabinets for major support to make
this masterclass possible.
Duo Concertante is similarly committed to supporting young musicians and classical music more
broadly, something that comes naturally to two university professors. This is evident in the
program they have prepared for the Friday concert. Besides Beethoven’s charming Spring
Sonata, and Franck’s outstanding Violin Sonata, they will present two short works by Canadian
The Garden of Earthly Delights by Métis composer Ian Cusson and Iotsistokwaron:ion (The
Stars) by Mohawk composer Dawn Avery are but two of the many works that the duo has
commissioned from Canadian composers.
This August the duo will again host the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in St. John’s.
Besides bringing together prominent artists like Janina Fialkowska and Julie Nesrallah, the
festival includes a prominent feature in which young musicians are mentored by established
professionals and given performance opportunities.
In these and other ways, Duo Concertante have made themselves a critically important factor in
the Canadian music scene and have contributed immeasurably to performers and audiences alike.
You, the audience, are the third critical factor in keeping this magic alive through your
attendance and support.
Find tickets to this important and inspiring event online at
at $28 for adults and $15 for students.
For more information,
The Valley Concert Society