For the July 17th performer’s highlight, Jiten Beairsto, Elana Cooper and Emily Burton will be performing works from the classical era for two violins and cello. Featured on the program is a virtuoso violin duet by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a Parisian composer of African descent, whose musical accomplishments, in his day, were nearly eclipsed by his skills as a fencer and military leader. Also slated are trios by Carl Stamitz and Francois-Joseph Gossec, two composers who were so inspired by the talents of Saint-Georges that they both dedicated works to him. This is chamber music in the literal sense - small-scale pieces filled with catchy melodies and tidy forms, well-suited for a casual living room performance.
On July 17th, after the video release we had a chance to talk live with the Gallo Chamber Players about their lives since we last saw them for the Sunday Social. We spoke in depth about what makes their instruments baroque instruments as opposed to their modern day counterparts and it was facinating to learn that the major differences are no chin (or base) rests as well as fussy gut strings among some other things.
We also spoke about how the isolation has effected their playing and what they look forward to this fall - They mutually agree they enjoy playing the best as a group and deeply miss this aspect as well as playing for an audience. Now that the rules have lightened a bit they have enjoyed being able to open their respective bubbles a bit to include eachother and play together again. Elana will be furthering her music education at the impressive Jacobs School of Music in Indiana and Jiten and Emily will proudly be continuing to play here in Vancouver with the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Program.
The Gallo Chamber Players are an early music ensemble based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founding members include Jiten Beairsto, Elana Cooper and Majka Demcak on violin, Emily Burton on cello and Connor Page on harpsichord, who all met while studying in the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Program at the University of British Columbia. They are all recipients of the Early Music Vancouver Scholarship award.
The GCP violinists, Jiten, Elana and Majka, and harpsichordist, Connor, performed in Early Music Vancouver's Bach Festival in the summer of 2018, where they were featured in the Emerging Artists recital. The ensemble was formed soon after when Emily joined them on cello, and they performed their debut concert in January 2019.
Find more about the Gallo Chamber Players here
Our Community Partner for the Gallo Chamber Player’s highlight is proudly West Wood Organics who are a small grocery and an integral part of our community. They provide local, fresh and orangic products via their storefront in Kerrisdale.
We are pleased to highlight their Farm-Direct Organic Veggie Boxes. West Wood Organics works with local organic farms in Richmond to bring the freshest vegetables to you. Book yours by 11am on the pickup day and come after 3:30 to pick up! $25.00 and you can BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)
Mondays: Farm-direct organic veggies from Yarrow
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