Sorriso String Quartet: January 12, 2020 | 3:00pm

The Sorriso String Quartet is an enthusiastic young chamber group made up of Bridget Alexander, Asta Hovdestad, Virginia Hector, and Catherine McLellan. The quartet is fortunate to study with Christian Robinson after being formed under the guidance of Sandra Cosbey. Over its nearly five year history, the quartet has played in a variety of public and private concerts. Talented performers in their own right, they have become very good friends who have a lot of fun making music together! Through the support of the Cecilian Chamber Series and the Regina Summer Strings, the Sorriso String Quartet has been privileged to learn from a number of award-winning quartets including the Afiara String Quartet, Ariel String Quartet, Attacca String Quartet, Cecilia String Quartet, New Orford String Quartet, and Annie Fullard (Cavani String Quartet).

PROGRAM: Beethoven – String Quartet Op. 18, No.1: Allegro con brio

Grace Liu: March 1, 2020 | 3:00pm

Grace Liu, a grade 10 student at Campbell Collegiate, is a diligent young musician. She began playing piano when she was four years old with Wanchun Song and is now studying with Janice Elliott-Denike. Grace has been studying voice for seven years under the tutelage of Diana Woolrich and is currently pursuing her ARCT in both piano and voice performance. Throughout her years of music studies, Grace has won numerous awards and scholarships from the Regina Music Festival and the Regina Gyro Club, and several provincial gold medals from The Royal Conservatory of Music, including the gold medals for Level 10 piano and Level 10 voice. Grace also enjoys sharing her passion for music through performances at Mosaic – A Festival of Cultures and at various senior care facilities with Musiconex. She is grateful for all of the support from her family, teachers, and the Regina music community. Grace would like to thank the Cecilian Chamber Series for providing this opportunity.

VOCAL PROGRAM: The Lobster Quadrille – John Duke; The Seal Man – Rebecca Clarke; Accompanist – Joshua Hendrickson

PIANO PROGRAM: Ballade in F Major – Frédéric Chopin; Jardins sous la pluie – Claude Debussy

Meika Sonntag: April 4, 2020 | 3:00pm

Meika Sonntag began playing the violin 14 years ago at the age of three. She added viola performance to her skill set in 2014. Between 2014 and 2019 she played with the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, from 2016 to 2019 she was that orchestra’s principal violist. She has played as a utility violist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 2018. Meika also plays second violin with the Fiearro String Quartet, which won first place overall for ensembles in the prestigious National Music Festival in 2018. In addition, she plays piano, sings and acts with Regina’s Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre, and sings with Lyric Singers, the Luther High School Choir and Luther’s Advanced Vocal Ensemble. Meika has won numerous awards for her viola and violin performances including: the Conservatory of Performing Arts Silver Medal for Strings; the Conservatory of Regina’s Hallie McCall Inglis Award in Music; the William and Ellen Chapco Viola Scholarship; and first place in the Queen City Kinsmen Multi-Disciplinary Competition, among others. Meika is a long-time supporter of the Cecilian Concert Series, having been involved in many of the master classes offered through the series. She is honoured to be a pre-event performer with the series today.

PROGRAM: Seven Variations on a Theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute – Ludwig van Beethoven; Märchenbilder, movements 3 and 4 – Robert Schumann; Accompanist – Clark Schaufele