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Tune in on September 2, 3, 4, and 5 here on The Violin Channel for the 2021 Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival

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Similarly to last year, the 2021 Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival is going virtual, bringing world-class chamber music to the comfort of your home.

Led by Festival Director Barry Shiffman, the event will feature concerts with the Banff Quartet Festival Chamber Orchestra, VC Young Artist Viano Quartet with pianist Marc-André HamelinCallisto Quartet with cellist Desmond HoebigDalí QuartetKelemen Quartet, film screenings, and more!

"The festival was a natural response to the success of our Banff International String Quartet Competition," Artistic Director Barry Shiffman this week told us.

"With an audience that is so passionate about chamber music, we wanted to offer a festival in the years between our triennial competition."

"The Town of Banff and Banff Centre was hit very hard by the pandemic and it was clear we could not produce an in-person festival either last summer or this year. We were able to curate a festival experience with content created for the festival from around North America and Europe, and we found a wonderful response to the offerings."

"It was so important to keep musicians working and to continue to engage and inspire our audience. Canceling was never an option," he said.

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2021
2021 BANFF CENTRE INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET FESTIVAL
DAY 4

 

 

5 PM (ET) - Concert: Viano Quartet with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, Recorded in Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts

  • Five Pieces for String Quartet (1924) | Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)
    Viennese Waltz
    Serenade
    Czech folk music
    Tango
    Tarantella
  • The Evergreen (2020) | Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)
    Caroline Shaw about ‘The Evergreen’ “One day in January 2020, I took a walk in an evergreen forest on Swiikw (Galiano Island), British Columbia, Canada. I found myself slowing down. My steps were shorter, less frequent. I stopped trying to get to my destination with any real intention or speed. Eventually, I stopped moving altogether. I looked, and listened, and felt and smelled, and breathed. Like a thousand creatures before me there, some of them also human, I paused and wondered and thought, "There is wisdom in these trees." It's been said before, in ways more eloquent and complex than my little story here. Still.”
  • Piano Quintet in A Major, Opus 81 (1887) | Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
    Allegro, ma non tanto
    Dumka: Andante con moto
    Scherzo (Furiant): Molto vivace
    Finale: Allegro

 

 

9:30 PM (ET) - Concert: Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra Concert, Recorded at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta Canada

  • Serenade for Strings in E minor, Opus 20 (1982) | Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems (2015) | Dinuk Wijeratne (b. 1978)
  • Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (1960) | Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), arranged Rudolf Barshai 
    Largo  
    Allegro molto
    Allegretto
    Largo
    Largo
  • Postcards from the Sky (1996) | Marjan Mozetich (b. 1948)
    Unfolding Sky
    Weeping Clouds
    A Messenger

 

 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2021
2021 BANFF CENTRE INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET FESTIVAL
DAY 3

 

 

9:30 PM (ET) - Concert: Kelemen Quartet, Recorded in Haydn Hall, Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt, Austria

  • String Quartet No. 3 (1927) | Béla  Bartók (1881-1945)
    Prima parte: Moderato
    Seconda parte: Allegro
    Ricapitulazione della prima parte: Moderato
    Coda: Allegro molto
  • String Quartet No. 4 (1928) | Béla  Bartók  (1881-1945)
    Allegro
    Prestissimo, con sordino
    Non troppo lento
    Allegretto pizzicato
    Allegro molto

 

 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2021
2021 BANFF CENTRE INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET FESTIVAL
DAY 2

 

 

9:30 PM (ET) - Concert: Dalí Quartet

  • Tango Ballet (1956) | Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Títulos
    La Calle
    Encuentro – Olvido
    Cabaret
    Soledad
    Retorno a Calle 
  • Four, for Tango (1987-89) | Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
  • String Quartet No. 3 in E Flat Major (1823) | Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (1806-1826)
    Pastorale. Andantino (mvt 2)
  • String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20 (1948) | Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
    Allegro violento ed agitato
    Vivacissimo
    Calmo e poetico
    Allegramente rústico

 

 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2021
2021 BANFF CENTRE INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET FESTIVAL
DAY 1

 

 

1:00 PM (ET) - Film Screening: Rolston Sessions 2  

  • Rolston Sessions 2 was filmed during the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition and features interviews and performances with the ten participating quartets. Produced by Riddle Films in association with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

 

 

9:30 PM (ET) - Concert: Callisto Quartet with cellist Desmond Hoebig

  • String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 (1828) | Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Allegro ma non troppo
    Adagio
    Scherzo
    Allegretto