Summer Music Vancouver – July 13 – Julie Albers / David Fung / Livia Sohn / Eric Wong

July 13, 2022

The 2022 Summer Music Vancouver edition has been a delight to plan, bringing to our stage both new and old friends. In keeping with MITM’s commitment to small, intimate concert experiences, the festival unfolds over two days with repeat programs on both days.

Designed for concertgoers to immerse themselves in a full day’s musical journey and enrichment, these events can also be attended as single events.

Working closely with Livia Sohn, artistic director Adrian Fung devised two powerful concert programs balancing familiar works and hidden gems. Anchored by some of the most storied works by Brahms and Dvorak, listeners will also have the chance to hear the beautiful Clara Schumann Three Romances in a rare performance with cello and piano, and a riveting work by intrepid musician/composer Paul Wiancko. Illuminating the stories behind the music and composers, Adrian joins founder June Goldsmith in conversation for Noon With June (which includes a paper bag lunch).

Please note that July 13 and 14 will be featuring the same programs.

Program I: July 13 and 14 at 10:30 am
Violin Sonata in e-minor, K. 304 – W. A. Mozart
Three Romances, Op. 22 – C. Schumann
Trio No. 1 in B Major – J. Brahms 

Noon With June: July 13 & 14 at 12:15 pm
A return of a crowd favourite event, hear founder June Goldsmith and Artistic Director Adrian Fung unravel the insights in the musical programs — including the intrigue between Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms!  Light lunch will be served.               

Program II: July 13 & 14 at 1:15 pm
String Trio in B Major, D. 471 – F. Schubert
American Haiku – P. Wiancko
Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 37 – A. Dvořák

 

Artists: 

Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. A past member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II, she won Second Prize in Munich’s prestigious ARD International Music Competition. She was also awarded the Wilhelm-Weichsler-Musikpreis der Stadt Osnabruch, and the Gold Medal of Korea’s Gyeongnam International Music Competition.

David Fung has been recently appointed Assistant Professor at UBC. Praised by The Washington Post for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Mr. Fung regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the major orchestras in his native country of Australia.

Livia Sohn performs widely on the international stage as concerto soloist, recitalist, and festival guest artist in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Strad Magazine says, “Livia Sohn possesses a remarkably lithe and transparent tone of exceptional purity. [Her] virtually blemishless accounts are nothing short of remarkable. Even when under the most fearsome technical pressure at high velocity, every note rings true with pinpoint accuracy.”

Eric Wong is celebrated for a “tone like toasted caramel” (Musical Toronto). He is the violist of the Cavani Quartet and the JUNO-nominated Afiara Quartet. He has been First Prize winner of the Fischoff, Coleman, and Concert Artist Guild competitions. He has performed on the most iconic stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Severance Hall, Kings Place, Koerner Hall, and as a featured guest artist at the Aspen Ideas Festival.