Vancouver, B.C. – If you're afraid of the dark, this event may not be for you.
On Saturday, March 5 the critically acclaimed Borealis String Quartet will take audiences on a sensational auditory journey through complete, pitch-black darkness.
A rare musical experience, Out of Darkness into Light will feature international works that challenge concert-goers and performers alike. The first piece, String Quartet No. 3 In iij Noct will test the musicians' skills, talent and memory as the perform the groundbreaking composition submerged in darkness. Composed by Georg Friedrich Haas, the piece was designed to "reawaken deep emotions" by returning darkess to our lives.
Additional works on the event's program include those by Shostakovich, Gorecki, Dankner and local Vancouver composer Farshid Samandari. The performance of Samandari‘s work Vita Borealis, or Northern Life, was specifically commissioned for the Borealis String Quartet and their performance will be its Canadian premiere. Vita Borealis is informed by Samandari’s interest in spectral music techniques and by the music and customs of the First Nations peoples of Canada's North.
The unique program of Out of Darkness into Light was inspired by the Borealis Sting Quartet’s ongoing quest for nuance and colour within musical expression.
“The perception of these colours influences how we articulate the music. The whole human emotional spectrum can be expressed in terms of shades of light or dark," said Yuel Yawney, violinist with the quartet.
Based in Vancouver, the Borealis String Quartet is a dynamic world-class ensemble that has brought passion, refined musical interpretation and spectacular entertainment to 16 years of performances. Comprised of Patricia Shih on violin, Nikita Pogrebnoy on viola, Sungyong Lim on cello and Yawney on violin, the group is currently the string quartet-in-residence at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), where it teaches KPU music students and performs across campuses. KPU is a sponsor of the event.
For more information on the quartet, visit borealisstringquartet.com. For information on the March 5 Out of Darkness into Light event, please contact Carolyn Lair at email@example.com or 604-440-4696.
OUT OF DARKNESS INTO LIGHT, presented by The Borealis String Quartet Society
WHEN: Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
TICKETS: Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students and can be purchased here.
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