String ensemble promises a ‘musical journey

La Cafamore String Quartet features violin, viola, cello with piano

The La Cafamore Spring Quartet plays Edgewater Hall on Friday

The La Cafamore Spring Quartet plays Edgewater Hall on Friday

Following a highly successful tour last fall, La Cafamore String Quartet is planning to raise the bar.

As part of a tour of the Kootenays, the group will be presenting a program of rich and powerful music for strings and piano on Friday, May 11 at the Edgewater Hall that will be sure to entertain audiences of all ages.

The La Cafamore String Quartet is enjoying their fourth season as a performing ensemble. Since the beginning, the group’s focus has been on bringing solid and exciting programs to concertgoers throughout the region.

The energy and enjoyment generated by the group is hard to ignore. Audiences are drawn into the performance and swept away on a musical journey.

The La Cafamore Quartet has received high praise from professionals and lifelong music lovers alike.

The members of the La Cafamore String Quartet are all active performers and seasoned musicians.

First violinist Carolyn Cameron, who now lives in Rossland, was raised in Saskatoon where she studied violin and piano. She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, The Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

Second violinist Angela Snyder also began her studies of violin and piano in Saskatoon. She went on to achieve a Master’s degree in music performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Lorand Fenyves. Angela has been a member of the Banff Centre Chamber orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony.

Violist Alexis More was raised in Victoria, B.C. where she studied violin and then viola. She got her degree at the University of Victoria where she was a member of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra. She is a member of the Symphony of the Kootenays and co-teaches with Jeff Faragher in Obligato Strings. Alexis lives in Crescent Valley, B.C. and teaches violin, viola and cello in Nelson, Castlegar and the Valley.

Cellist Jeff Faragher is involved with many facets of music. He enjoys getting his hands dirty with interests in classical, jazz, folk and celtic, to name a few. Performing with various ensembles and working on his own projects, he frequently tours the Kootenays as well as regularly travelling throughout Western Canada. Jeff leaves no musical stone unturned in his pursuit to excite and inspire.

The Quartet will be joined by pianist Nina Horvath, a Vancouver-based pianist who began her studies while growing up in Rossland. She enjoys performing as a pianist and vocalist in a wide variety of outlets and genres with a focus on collaborative piano and the performance of the works of contemporary and living composers. Her studies and performances have taken her to three continents, but this is her first — of what hopefully will be many — tours in the Kootenays.

The program will consist of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet including the famous Barber’s Adagio and the Schumann Piano Quintet.

In addition, the group approached Vancouver-based composer Ryan Noakes to write a piece for piano and strings, which delivered a fascinating work that will entice audiences to the edge of their seats.

Don’t miss the Kootenays’ very own La Cafamore String Quartet in this amazing classical music performance.

The La Cafamore String Quartet performs at the Edgewater Hall on Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and are available at Pynelogs, The Book Bar, Pip’s, Fairmont VIllage Gifts, Radium Video and at the door.