The a capalla vocal quartet Quartom will appear in Nelson on Oct. 5. Photo:

Nelson Overture Concerts Society announces new classical music series

The Nelson organization opens its 64th season in October


The Nelson Overture Concerts Society returns to the Capitol Theatre for its 64th season with an all-Canadian line-up of artists presenting world-class classical music in the Kootenays.

The 2019/20 season will open on Oct. 5 with a return visit from Quartom, an a capella male vocal quartet who performed here to great acclaim in 2018. Formed in April 2008, the four charming and charismatic singers have entertained audiences throughout Quebec, the rest of Canada and Europe with their insightful interpretations, obvious mutual affection, and contagious good humour.

Quartom will be followed on Nov. 11 by the world-acclaimed Rolston String Quartet, the first group to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award for Chamber Music America and first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition. A group of this calibre is rare and Nelson is fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome them.

On Feb. 8, Duo Concertante, Canada’s premier violin and piano ensemble will perform. They have toured the globe and in 2011 were awarded the Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year. They have received fabulous reviews for their passionate and beautiful interpretations of many classical works, notably Beethoven’s complete sonatas for violin and keyboard.

The final concert on March 4 will present Canadian pianist Ian Parker. Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He holds both bachelor and master of music degrees from Juilliard. He is a first prize winner in the CBC National Radio Competition, grand prize winner in the Canadian National Music Festival and the recipient of the annual Most Talented Canadian Artist award given by the Canada Council for the Arts.

All concerts will be held at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are available in person, by phone, or online at Admission is free for students aged 18 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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