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    June 18, 3:00 pm at The Kiggins Theatre - The VSO Chamber Music Series presents Ko Iwasaka

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    The 2016-17 VSO Chamber Music Series to be hosted by Vancouver's Historic Kiggins Theatre

Now in its sixth season, the series was co-created by Dr. Michael C. Liu, the VSO pianist and board member, and Dr. Igor Shakhman, VSO Executive Director and Principal Clarinet, to present great musicians playing in a very intimate setting. The content of each concert is unique, and most of the participating musicians are members of The Vancouver Symphony.


Prices are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Save money with one of the ticket packages!

Primarily known as a movie theater, the Kiggins was designed in the Art Deco style by architect Day Walter Hilborn and named for former Vancouver mayor and businessman John P. Kiggins. Opened in 1936, the theater was renovated and reopened in September 2011. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. The theatre is owned and operated by Dan Wyatt.

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The Historic Kiggins Theatre
1011 Main Street
Vancouver, WA  
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Ko Iwasaki, celloSunday, June 18th, 3:00 pm

Following his critically acclaimed debut in November 2015, internationally renowned cellist Ko Iwasaki returns to The Kiggins Theatre for the VSO Chamber Music Series Season Finale.


He will be joined by Dr. Michael C. Liu, piano and Igor Shakhman, clarinet.

The program will include:

  • Sonata No. 3, Op. 69 for cello and piano (1807-8) Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Drei Fantasiest├╝cke (Three Fantasie Pieces), Op. 73 for cello and piano (1849) Robert Schumann
  • Trio, Op. 114 for clarinet, cello, and piano (1891) Johannes Brahms
  • Selections from Acht Stucke (Eight Pieces), Op. 83 for clarinet, cello, and piano (1910) Max Bruch

About Ko Iwasaki

First-Prize winner of the Japan National Music Competition in 1960, Ko Iwasaki studied cello with Hideo Saito. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen High School, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School under Leonard Rose. In 1965 he made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series. Later, he studied with Harvey Shapiro and Pablo Casals in Puerto Rico. He has won top prizes in numerous international cello competitions such as the Vienna, Munich, Budapest, Cassado, and Tchaikovsky competitions. In 1971, he received the Arts Minister Award for Young Artists and the Arts Festival Record Prize for his performance of contemporary Japanese cello music. In 1972, he made his European debut with the London Symphony Orchestra with Andre Previn.

Since 1974, he has been based in the United States where he has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber music player, as well as in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Japan. In addition, he has participated in numerous festivals, including Marlboro, Aspen, Santa Fe, Lockenhaus, and Kuhumo. He is also a founder of the Tokyo Chamber Soloists and was a director of the Okinawa Moon Beach Music Camp & Festival in Japan. Since 1995, he has performed the entire cycle of Beethoven String Quartets as a member of the Japan String Quartet.


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