ArtSpring Presents SS Chamber Music Fest

Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival Director David Visentin and his distinguished faculty welcome bright young musicians from across Canada for a week of intensive coaching and performance culminating in two concerts.

In 2008, the Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director David Visentin, together with former ArtSpring Executive Director George Sipos, opened the festival to include talented young students who wished to challenge themselves in the intensive study and performance of chamber music. Since that time, the festival has, by audition, invited gifted string and keyboard artists from B.C., Alberta and Ontario to work with festival faculty in an immersive week of music-making that includes masterclasses, coaching, string orchestra and chamber music showcases – some of them taking place in such unlikely and gorgeous settings as Mount Maxwell.

The Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival (SSCMF) showcases an outstanding variety of the greatest works from the chamber music repertoire for loyal standing-room audiences, all performed on the intimate stage of ArtSpring. Embracing the rich literature of Romantics such as Chopin and Dvorak and stretching from Bach to Black (Arthur!), the festival’s artists passionately delve into the wonder and mysteries of this most personal music-making. For all of this and even occasional Icelandic music mixed together with cutting-edge contemporary artists, Salt Spring Island provides an idyllic and inspirational setting for thrilling new musical discoveries.

Whether as participant or audience member and Friend of SSCMF, I look forward to greeting you this summer at the 2019 Festival.” –  David Visentin, Artistic Director – SSCMF

Perfect for this year’s theme, Timeless Romantics, the Young Artists’ Friday concert opens with the Brahms Op. 36 String Sextet. The second half features faculty pianist Sarah Hagan with works for solo piano. The Faculty Saturday concert repertoire includes Dvorak Cypresses for String Quartet, Dvorak Love Songs for Voice and Piano, Schumann Piano Quartet, and Giannini Piano Quintet.

Faculty includes Sarah Hagen, piano; David Stewart, violin; Hiroko Kagawa, violin; Simon MacDonald, violin; David Visentin, viola; Paula Kiffner, cello; and special guest Cicela Månsson. 

Generously sponsored by Joan Farlinger and Country Grocer.

ArtSpring Presents

17th Annual Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival

July 21 – 27
July 26 Young Artists’ Concert 7:30pm $15/$5
July 27 Faculty Concert 7:30pm|bar 6:30pm $25/$5


About ArtSpring Presents:

The ArtSpring Presents season hosts some of the most wonderful touring artists that call Canada home and a few international artists who are fortunate enough to visit this beautiful province. It is an opportunity to present a wide range of excellent artists to inspire, intrigue, and delight Salt Spring audiences.

About ArtSpring

Hosting nearly 300 events per year, about five events each week, friends and family come together year-round at ArtSpring to enjoy community theatre, professional touring artists, art exhibitions, talks, children’s recitals, opera, and so much more. 


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