Concert Review: Strings The Thing faculty concert in Penticton

It was a treat to take in a recital at the beautifully renovated auditorium of Penticton Shatford Centre last Tuesday.

Liz Lupton (right) an instructor at Strings the Thing

Liz Lupton (right) an instructor at Strings the Thing

It was a treat to take in a recital at the beautifully renovated auditorium of Penticton Shatford Centre last Tuesday.

The high ceiling and the hardwood floor facilitated excellent acoustics and the luxurious curtains absorbed any excess of reverberation. The concert was presented by the faculty of “Strings the Thing,” an annual workshop for violin and cello players from near and far.

Penticton’s own violinist and violist Elizabeth Lupton joined forces with John Suderman, Calvin Dyck, Joel Stobbe, and Pascal Piche in the string ensemble. Okanagan Symphony conductor Rosemary Thomson, who also taught at the workshop, accompanied on piano and harpsichord.

The program started on a humorous note with Mozart’s violin duet The Mirror. One player read the music lines from left to right, the other from right to left. It still resulted in perfectly harmonious music. This was followed by a violin and cello duet, a Handel Passacaglia arranged by Halvorsen. A recurring bass theme supported fluid passages that contained a multitude of bowing and plucking techniques.

In Biago Marini’s Echo Sonata, a string quartet with harpsichord, two violinists played from the back of the hall.

The quadraphonic effect was fascinating for adults and children alike. Beethoven’s precious Harp Quartet had many pizzicato passages and warm soothing sounds. The slow movement of Czechoslovakian composer Dvorak’s American Quartet contained soul-searching lyrical melodies of the composer’s homeland.

Refreshed with iced tea and cookies at the intermission, the audience was ready to take in more music. Calvin Dyck surprised with a witty solo piece for accordion titled Nine Blind Mice.

Local composer Jeremy Hiebert wrote the following two compositions, Shatford String Quartet and Orchard String Quartet, which had agreeable harmonics and sweeping melodic lines. Debussy’s delicate Claire de Lune had a shimmering quality. Then Joel Stobbe performed Bach’s Prelude from Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo cello.

The evening ended with two up-beat ragtime selections, Leroy Anderson’s Fiddle Faddle and Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag.

The recital by the competent faculty members showcased a great variety of musical styles to motivate workshop participants and entertain the community at large.

Roswitha Masson is a Okanagan musician and symphony enthusiast.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

For the second time in five years, John Pankiw has donated $100,000 to Penticton Regional Hospital.  (Submitted - Stuart Bish Photography)
Penticton Regional Hospital donation honours front-line workers

John Pankiw donated $100,000 for the second time in five years

Penticton fire crews quickly put out a small blaze at a home on Duncan Ave. E Monday night. (Mike Biden photo)
House fire in Penticton Monday night

The small fire on Duncan Ave. E was quickly put out, cause is unknown at this time

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin makes preparations at Toronto’s mass vaccination clinic, Jan. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
3 deaths, 234 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

One death connected to outbreak at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital, where 20 patients and 28 staff have tested positive

Head Brewer Kody Rosentreter, owner Wes Greve and taproom manager Lisa Deleo celebrated North Basin Brewing’s grand opening Jan. 22 and 23, 2020. (Contributed)
Osoyoos’ first microbrewery celebrates grand opening

The brewery hopes to show that the Okanagan is more than just wine country

Once complete, the Ambrosia in Keremeos will house more than 100 seniors, families and those on disability. (LSCSS photo)
Keremeos affordable housing suites coming along

Once complete, Ambrosia will house more than 100 people

Crews with Discovery Channel film as an Aggressive Towing driver moves a Grumman S2F Tracker aircraft around a 90-degree turn from its compound and onto the road on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. It was the “most difficult” part of the move for the airplane, one organizer said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Vintage military plane gets towed from Chilliwack to Greater Victoria

Grumman CP-121 Tracker’s eventual home the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island

ICBC has seen savings on crash and injury claims in the COVID-19 pandemic, with traffic on B.C. roads reduced. (Penticton Western News)
ICBC opens online calculator for rate savings starting in May

Bypassing courts expected to save 20% on average

Salmon Arm RCMP search a property in the 700 block of Grandview Bench Road in March 2019, assisting Edmonton police with an investigation that led to the arrest of a Salmon Arm man man who was charged in relation to an Edmonton bank robbery and a related explosions. (File photo)
Salmon Arm man accused in Edmonton bank explosions in court for weapon offences

Local provincial court appearances for charges including possessing weapon for dangerous purpose

Salmon Arm’s Halle Krawczyk gives a thumbs up following surgery on Jan. 22 in Pittsburgh, her second of three battling an extremely rare form of cancer that formed tumours on her two upper vertebrae and the clivus behind the nose. (Contributed)
‘Absolutely perfect:’ Salmon Arm girl’s surgeries for rare cancer exceed expectations

Halle Krawczyk doing well, mom credits hundreds of people praying for making the difference

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
16% boom predicted for B.C. real estate sales in 2021: experts

Along with sales, the average price of homes is also predicted to rise, by nearly 8 percent

Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran in his Creston home. Hanging on the wall behind him is a logo of Kachin’s Manaw festival. Photo: Aaron Hemens
From Myanmar to Creston: The story of a refugee

In October 2007, Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran and his friends encountered a woman being sexually assaulted by two Myanmar soldiers.

Karen Hudema, 71, admitted she felt left out due to her hearing loss, but now, after being awarded free hearing devices through the National Campain for Better Hearing Program from HearingLife Canada, she says her self-esteem has been restored. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
‘I have my self-esteem back’: Vernon senior awarded hearing aids

Free testing leads to life-changing improvement for local lady

FILE – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his opening remarks at a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Tuesday, January 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine CEO ‘very, very clear’ that Canada’s contracts will be honoured: Trudeau

Trudeau says he spoke to Moderna CEO on the morning of Jan. 26

The trial of Harry Richardson began Monday at the Nelson courthouse. File photo
Trial of man accused of shooting RCMP officer in West Kootenay in 2019 begins

Harry Richardson is facing five charges in a Nelson courtroom

Most Read