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Sanibel Music Festival opens 24th season next week

By Staff | Feb 22, 2010

The Borealis String Quartet will open the 24th Sanibel Music Festival with a performance on Tuesday, March 2 at Sanibel Congregational Church.

On Tuesday, March 2, The Sanibel Music Festival – an island tradition in classical music – will begin its 24th consecutive season of bringing outstanding repertoire and artists to the Island.

This year’s festival will feature four new offerings: Borealis String Quartet, Boston Trio, Escher String Quartet with Wu Han, and the Cliburn Piano Competition Silver Medalist Yeol Eum Son.

In addition, three returning favorites include: American Chamber Players with Guest Violinist Janet Sung, St. Lawrence String Quartet with Pedja Muzijevic, Piano, and Opera Theater of Connecticut.

All concerts will be performed at 8 p.m. throughout the month of March on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the intimate setting of the Sanibel Congregational Church, located at 2050 Periwinkle Way.

Opening the season will be the Borealis String Quartet. This dynamic young Canadian ensemble established a stellar reputation so quickly that its debut concert in Vancouver was attended by more than a thousand people. They have played on national Canadian TV and have made a video that was shown on Bravo cable TV.

The ensemble was mentored by Andrew Dawes, former first violinist of the Tokyo and Orford String Quartets. They have also worked with the Emerson String Quartet. The Montreal Gazette called the Borealis “a young contender for the Canadian hot-stuff title currently held by the St. Lawrence String Quartet.”

Their program will include Imant Raminsh: Quartet No. 1; Schubert: Quartetsatz in C minor, D. 703; Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge.

The Borealis String Quartet’s March 2 performance is sponsored by Roz and Jim Marks and ‘Tween Waters Inn.

Incorporated in 1987 as a non-for-profit organization, the mission of the Sanibel Music Festival is to present classical music of the highest standard at affordable prices and to promote the careers of young artists through performance opportunities.

Sanibel Music Festival is grateful for the support of the Lee County and Southwest Florida Community Foundation. They also thank Piano Distributors, Inc. and Yamaha Corporation of America for graciously providing the Yamaha CFIIIS Concert Grand Piano.

For ticket information and a detailed brochure, contact the festival’s hotline at 239-336-7999 or visit www.sanibelmusicfestival.org.