Microcosmos Quartet
Music on Main presents

Microcosmos Quartet

March 2nd 2021
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm / Doors: 7:00 pm (PST)
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Don’t miss Vancouver’s beloved Microcosmos Quartet when they perform Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet and Thomas Adès’s “Arcadiana” live from the Fox Cabaret on Maiin Street.

Streamed live with excellent audio, this 1080p high-definition real-time broadcast will be filled with gorgeous and inspiring music.

Franz Schubert’s “String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor” is celebrated as a masterpiece of string writing. It’s called the “Death and the Maiden” Quartet for its soul-stirring second movement which uses the melody from Schubert’s song of the same name.

The music of Thomas Adès’s “Arcadiana” is “magically allusive, full of rapt and raptuorous string effects.” (The Guardian) The seven short movements evoke paradise and disappearing utopia with sounds that are modern and dreamlike.

When the Microcosmos Quartet performs live from the Fox Cabaret, you’ll discover unique details and perspectives that you can’t witness at a live event. For an enhanced audio experience, please use headphones.

 This concert is part of the #KinaxisInConcert series, sponsored by Kinaxis, in partnership with the Canadian Live Music Association. For more information on this nationwide initiative, check out their website.

This concert has also received generous support from:
Elizabeth & Alan Bell
Ric & Lynda Spratley

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Don’t miss Vancouver’s beloved Microcosmos Quartet when they perform Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet and Thomas Adès’s “Arcadiana” live from the Fox Cabaret on Maiin Street.

Streamed live with excellent audio, this 1080p high-definition real-time broadcast will be filled with gorgeous and inspiring music.

Franz Schubert’s “String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor” is celebrated as a masterpiece of string writing. It’s called the “Death and the Maiden” Quartet for its soul-stirring second movement which uses the melody from Schubert’s song of the same name.

The music of Thomas Adès’s “Arcadiana” is “magically allusive, full of rapt and raptuorous string effects.” (The Guardian) The seven short movements evoke paradise and disappearing utopia with sounds that are modern and dreamlike.

When the Microcosmos Quartet performs live from the Fox Cabaret, you’ll discover unique details and perspectives that you can’t witness at a live event. For an enhanced audio experience, please use headphones.

 This concert is part of the #KinaxisInConcert series, sponsored by Kinaxis, in partnership with the Canadian Live Music Association. For more information on this nationwide initiative, check out their website.

This concert has also received generous support from:
Elizabeth & Alan Bell
Ric & Lynda Spratley

Marc Destrubé

Canadian violinist Marc Destrubé is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster or director/conductor of orchestras and divides his time between performances of the standard repertoire on modern instruments, and performing baroque and classical music on period instruments. He is first violinist with the Axelrod String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., where the quartet plays on the museum’s exceptional collection of Stradivari and Amati instruments. He has also performed and recorded with L’Archibudelli (Vera Beths, Jurgen Küssmaul, Anner Bijlsma) and is a member of the Turning Point Ensemble in Vancouver, specializing in 20th century music and new music. He appears regularly in chamber music performances on the Early Music Vancouver series and summer festival. He is first violinist with the string quartet Microcosmos in Vancouver. He has appeared as soloist and guest director with symphony orchestras in Victoria, Windsor, Edmonton and Halifax as well as with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. He led the Belgian ensemble Anima Eterna in acclaimed recordings of the complete Mozart Piano Concertos with Jos van Immerseel. A founding member of the Tafelmusik Orchestra, he has appeared with many of the leading period-instrument orchestras in North America and Europe including as guest concertmaster of the Academy of Ancient Music and of the Hanover Band. As founding director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra he was responsible for commissioning works for the orchestra from a number of Vancouver-based composers, as well as instigating other innovative projects such as a program of French baroque and Aboriginal dance and music. He has also directed several Modern Baroque Opera productions, including the premiere of Peter Hannan’s 120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade. Other innovative projects include a performance for Vancouver New Music combining a Beethoven string quartet, 5 songs performed by Pissed Off Wild, a post-punk hip-hop band, and a new work by Peter Hannan for amplified violin, percussion and live electronics.

Tawnya Popoff

Canadian violist Tawnya Popoff enjoys an exciting and versatile international career. In addition to being principal violist with the Vancouver Opera (BC), she is a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (TX), the Walden School Players (NH) and a founding member of Microcosmos string quartet/Kessler Academy (BC). Ms. Popoff is in demand as a chamber music collaborator, has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout North America and Europe. She was a prizewinner in the 2000 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and a recipient of two consecutive Canada Council Individual Grants. Valuing education immensely, she has served on the faculties of the Perlman Music Program, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, Brandeis and Dobbs Ferry High Schools, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Walden School, and Artes no Camiño (Spain) and in her private studio. Ms. Popoff has a keen interest in inter-disciplinary projects and has worked and toured internationally with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance in New York City, Marta Marta in Vancouver, BC and the trans-media New York group Vision Into Art. She is passionately devoted to developing and performing music by living composers especially those under 18yrs at The Walden School. She has recorded for the Koch, Albany, Nonsuch, CRI, SHSK’H (web label), Columbia Composers and other independent labels as has been heard on air on WNYC, CBC, WGBH (Boston) and KUHF (Houston). She studied with Gerald Stanick (Fine Arts Quartet) in Vancouver, BC and Martha Katz (Cleveland Quartet) at Rice University in Houston, TX and was based out of NYC before relocating to Vancouver in 2014. Aside from musical pursuits, Ms. Popoff had a cycling tour company in NYC, designs handmade games and toys for her little friends, volunteers regularly and passionately enjoys the great outdoors in all seasons by foot, ski, sail and bicycle!

Andrea Siradze

“I love being surrounded by people who make music because they enjoy it. I will continue to surround myself with such people”. After her Vancouver studies Andrea Siradze moved to Germany, where contemporary music was the focal point of her stay, highlighted by commemorative performances that celebrated composers in person, those that are responsible for shaping the direction of music today. She is a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, concertmaster of Lions Gate Sinfonia, and a member of the Microcosmos Quartet. Andrea’s loves are many and include spending time with her family and the wondrous surroundings of the West Coast. Of her future Andrea says, “I’m very happy to be doing everything I’m doing, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m happy to just play – this is what I want.”

Rebecca Wenham

Cellist Rebecca Wenham’s performances have been described as “silken, highly refined” (the Globe and Mail) as well as having “extraordinary commitment and maturity” (La Gazette). Her animated playing style is often surprising, dramatic and impulsive, leaving a breathless audience on the edge of their seats. She has performed across North America, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia. Formerly a member of the Cecilia String Quartet, she won prizes in the Osaka, Rutenberg, Bordeaux and Banff International String Quartet Competitions, and was a CBC Galaxie Rising Star in 2007. Highlights of the 2015 season included performances of Elgar cello concerto with the Vancouver Philharmonic, Brahms Double Concerto with the Lion’s Gate Sinfonia, and Schumann cello concerto with West Coast Symphony Orchestra. This past May, Music on Main presented Rebecca in a program of solo cello exploring works that highlight divergent musical styles (all composed in the 21st century), from classical to music by jazz cellist Peggy Lee and rock violinist Sarah Neufeld. A member of Microcosmos Quartet since 2011, an ensemble committed to performing music of the last 100 years (or so), she presents programs in intimate settings such as private homes, art galleries, clubs and small halls. Microcosmos Quartet held its inaugural string orchestra mentorship program, the Kessler Academy, in September 2015. Rebecca is principal cello of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Her projects have been generously funded by the Canada Council, the BC Arts Council and ProQuartet. She holds degrees from the HARID Conservatory of Music, and from Rice, San Diego State and McGill Universities.