Taking it on the road and reaching out to a local music-lover paid off for three musicians featured in the Oak Bay Music Summer Serenade this weekend.
“They were looking to tour in the Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle area,” said Erik Abbink, producer of Summer Serenade. “I’m always interested in visiting groups. It’s one of the pillars of Oak Bay Music, if people want to play I’ll do my best to make that happen.”
New York-based Fair Trade Trio makes a stop at St. Mary’s Church for an evening concert July 17 during their tour of the Pacific Northwest. The three founding members of the trio, Ashley Windle on violin, Kallie Ciechomski on viola and Jeanette Stenson on cello, all attended the Manhattan School of Music, and over the past five years their relationships as colleagues and friends culminated into taking their trio on their very first tour.
“They’re a young group for sure. They’re an emerging ensemble,” Abbink said. “The real positive thing about it is just getting themselves known and touring in the first place.”
The trio will perform Beethoven, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Canadian composer Murray Adaskin and New York composer Jennifer Higdon.
“I’ve got the idea they adjusted the program a little for us,” Abbink said. “They’ve got a really neat mix of repertoire that people will like.”
Oak Bay Summer Serenade is non-profit Oak Bay Music’s special summer concert series, bringing classical music performed by local and visiting performers.
Fair Trade Trio makes its Victoria debut at St. Mary’s Church, 1701 Elgin Rd. on Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets are $20/$15/$10 and are available at Ivy’s Books and online. Tickets at the door are $25/20/10. For more information go to oakbaymusic.ca.