Calgary Pro Musica has long been one of our favourite series for world-class chamber music. This past weekend's program was no exception: two top-shelf string quartets, the Pacifica and Dover, collaborated for a joyous, revelatory account of the Mendelssohn Octet. That piece was performed both Sunday and Monday, but the first half featured a different quartet both nights - I caught the Pacifica's performance of Haydn and Shostakovich on Sunday evening, and went home buzzing.
Nathaniel Schmidt wrote an excellent blog post for YYScene, previewing those performances while offering a well-deserved shout-out to the Calgary Pro Musica series:
If you haven’t seen one of Pro Musica’s concerts before, this weekend is a great chance to see what it’s all about while also hearing some of the greatest music in the genre being performed by some exhilarating players, and once you’re converted you can check out the next generation of classical music greats only one week later.
The next generation reference is to a concert happening next Monday, May 7th featuring the Walden Trio, which is setting off the very next day to compete in the illustrious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. Good luck, guys!