If you’re looking for a way to kick off the fall semester, look no further than our first concert of the year; Volk for Chamber Music! This concert features Dr. Patricia Tao (piano), Robert Uchida (violin), Rafael Hoekman (cello), Gabrielle Després (second violin) and Laura Veeze (Viola).

Dr. Tao is an active chamber musician and initiated both the Guild Trio and the Summer Solstice Music Festival here in Edmonton. As Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Robert Uchida is a well-known ensemble musician and soloist. Rafael is currently the principal cellist in the ESO. However, he is no stranger to large ensembles, as he previously performed with the Calgary Philharmonic, Orchestra London Canada and several other professional ensembles. Dr. Tao, Robert and Rafael are also all faculty members at the U of A! At only 17 years old, Gabrielle Després has been studying the violin since she was three years old and currently studies with Robert Uchida. Laura Veeze is a member of the ESO’s first violin section and is known across Europe for her solo, recital and chamber ensemble performances.

This concert will focus on the use of popular musical elements in the works of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. The first half will consist of short and light pieces with folk and dance elements from each of the three featured composers. However, the second half will showcase Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34, which creates a more dark and serious atmosphere. With so many talented musicians performing pieces by these well-known composers, you definitely won’t want to miss this concert!


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