Concert celebrates Canada Day and Kamloops bicentennial

Kamloops Daily News
June 20, 2012 01:00 AM

Imant Raminsch

Three days before Canada's big day, the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops offer a musical salute to the nation as well as a celebration of Kamloops' bicentennial year.

On Thursday, June 28, the Heritage Piano Quartet - Kamloops String Quartet augmented by pianist Dimiter Terziev - performs classical, romantic and contemporary works at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre.

The musical program includes W.A. Mozart's Piano Quartet in G Minor, Igor Borodin's String Quartet No. 2 and Richard Strauss' Festive March for Piano Quartet. Dance, Legend and Celebration for String Quartet, by Coldstream composer Imant Raminsch, adds to the occasion.

Raminsch, who played violin with the KSO until a few seasons ago, is one of Canada's leading choral composers, but that distinction has been something of a Catch-22, he once noted. Most of the composing requests he receives are for choral music because of his reputation, yet he also writes for chamber, orchestra and stage.

The music begins at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to the Boogie the Bridge Cultural Fund. The fund provides arts and cultural programming for children and youth.

The concert is part of an ongoing series sponsored by the City to inject musical life into the centre.

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