The chamber music experience Quartet Fest West returns to the School of Music from June 24-July 5 with a lineup including former members of the Lafayette String Quartet, guest artists the Jasper String Quartet, the Breakwater Quartet plus this year’s student participants.

You can get the full details here but the public events include:

QFW participant concert: 2pm Friday, June 28 at St. Andrew’s (Broughton & Douglas, by donation) 

Jasper String Quartet: 7pm Sunday, June 30 (UVic’s Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, $20/$25)

The Jasper String Quartet are the recipients of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award and their playing has been described as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad). The ensemble has released eight albums, including Unbound, named by the New York Times as one of the year’s 25 Best Classical Recordings. This year’s QFW program features the Jasper String Quartet performing works by Gabriella Smith, Grażyna Bacewicz and Antonín Dvořák.

Jasper String Quartet

Live Music Bingo FUNdRaiser with the Breakwater Quartet & $1K+ in prizes: 7pm Wed, July 3 (UVic’s David Lam Auditorium, bingo cards 1/$25, 2/$40, 3/$50)

For the Live Music Bingo FUNdRaiser, refreshments will be served starting at 6:30, with the bingo starting at 7pm—with over $1,000 in amazing prizes up for grabs! There will be a brief intermission for more refreshments and then another round of fun begins.

UVic Music alumni The Breakwater Quartet will perform their own arrangements of pop and classical tunes: each ticket holder receives one bingo card, but additional cards are available at the door. Sing along to your favourite songs, hum to the classics, and win awesome prizes like tickets to the Victoria Summer Music Festival, floral arrangements from Twyla’s Flower Farm, gift certificates to the Synergy Health Centre, Crag X Indoor Climbing Centre, Fig Deli and future performances by the Breakwater Quartet — with more prizes coming in daily!

All proceeds from this bingo event go toward scholarships for QFW participants, this year travelling from Vancouver, Seattle, Calgary, the BC interior and even Mexico. Our goal is to raise $3,000 in scholarships, so help us make it possible for all these talented young musicians to study without worrying about finances!

Breakwater Quartet

Participants Final Concert: 7pm Friday, July 5 (UVic’s PTY, by donation)

A unique teaching experience outside of the regular School of Music curriculum, Quartet Fest West has been running since 2012 (but also 1993-1998) and offers student participants an in-depth study of great chamber music literature alongside former members of the world-renowned Lafayette String Quartet.

Participants receive daily coachings and masterclasses, plus one-on-one consultations on their individual chamber music parts in private lessons; they also gain experience performing in-concert, enjoy chamber music parties with faculty and local musicians, gain insights in listening skills, as well as body awareness and movement through Feldenkrais workshops and get to explore Victoria with fun outings!