New Members of the CGQ


Last year The Valley Concert Society commissioned a video performance exclusively for our
audience from the Canadian Guitar Quartet. When the ensemble performs at the Matsqui
Centennial Auditorium on Friday, March 11, half the group will be new.
Since last year, two of their number have moved on to other ventures. Fortunately, the region
from Ottawa-Gatineau through Montreal to Trois-Rivières is a hotbed of talented classical guitar
musicians. We will have the privilege of seeing the new quartet and hearing their newly-
energized sound.

Jérôme Ducharme has earned a doctorate in music and teaches at McGill University’s Schulich
School of Music in Montreal. After winning a prestigious competition in 2005, he went on to
tour and perform solo recitals and chamber concerts. He has produced a critically-acclaimed
recording for Naxos. Ducharme is a brilliant addition to the quartet.

In 2020 CBC named Christ Habib one of their Top 30 Musicians Under 30. He has won
numerous competitions and performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Alexander
Shelley. He completed his Master’s degree under Patrick Roux, a charter member of the
Canadian Guitar Quartet.

The quartet will perform a composition by Roux in the first half of the program on March 11.
The evening will come to a delightful end with a collection of completely charming Brazilian

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open to the public at 6:45 p.m. Public health orders
will be observed. As of now, this includes presenting proof of vaccination and ID along with the
wearing of masks.
Tickets are available online at at $28 for adults and $15 for

I look forward to seeing you at the concert.
John Wiebe
The Valley Concert Society