Blueridge Chamber Music Festival boasts cool program

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      We’re not quite sure what we’re most anticipating: the austere, even chilly, chamber music of Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, or the warm, romantic art songs of Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Lierderbuch.

      Both will be featured in the upcoming Blueridge Chamber Music Festival—split between the Orpheum Annex and North Vancouver’s Mount Seymour United Church from next Wednesday (August 8) to August 19. The Wolf program is a sure-fire winner, with Blueridge co–artistic director/soprano Dory Hayley and Colin Balzer tackling the female and male roles, respectively; it’s downtown next Saturday (August 11) and in North Van the day after. But with age-old favourites Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorák sharing the spotlight with relative newcomers Jocelyn Morlock, Dora Pejačević, and Imant Raminsh on the other nights, there’ll be something for every taste.