Music on Main and the Microcosmos Quartet present the Kessler Academy 2021 at the Playhouse on August 14

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      Music on Main is welcoming audiences back to live venue performances with the seventh consecutive year of the Kessler Academy.

      Vancouver's Microcosmos Quartet--violinists Marc Destrubé and Andrea Siradze, violist Tawnya Popoff, and cellist Rebecca Wenham--will mentor youth in mastering pieces by Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, and Paul Hindemith, and on August 14 will present their work in a showcase at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      The Microcosmos Quartet includes Marc Destrubé, Andrea Siradze, Tawnya Popoff, and Rebecca Wenham.

      “This year we explore the work of three important 20th century composers whose lives were deeply affected by cataclysmic social upheavals," says Destrubé in a press release. "Bartok and Stravinsky were both afflicted with the Spanish Flu immediately following the First World War, and all three composers sought refuge in America during the course of the Second World War.

      "In addition to our rehearsals we will hold discussions around the role and lives musicians around such events in the past, and how the current pandemic might influence musical life in the near future.”

      The program on August 14 will include Bartók's Divertimento for String Orchestra (1939), Stravinsky's Concerto in D (1946), and Hindemith's Five Pieces for String Orchestra, Op. 44, No. 4 (1927), as well as a new commission composed by violinist Brooklyn Wood, a high-school student and longtime participant in the academy.

      Tickets for the Kessler Academy 2021 are priced at $15, and you can find them here.