Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet breaks our sales record and a violin bow!

February 2, 2016

We were so pleased to see so many people out for the Emerson String Quartet performance! Scroll all the way down to see all our reception photos.

Looking for a substantive recap? Visit our board member, Malcom Hayes’ account and the Vancouver Classical Music site.

What was the pulse on social media? Here are some of the conversations and feedback we found. Are you on social media? Follow and tag us on Instagram & Twitter @FCMVancouver. Also find on Facebook at fb/FCMVancouver.

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“Vancouver Classical Music: #Review @EmersonQuartet ‘An engrossing concert…tug-o-war between new and old’ @FCMVancouver”




@Westjet007 “Stunning @FCMVancouver concert with @arnaudsussmann and Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 10.04.28 AM@PWatkinsCelle! Playing from these @chambermusic members was outstanding!?”


FCM Emerson Facebook convoKate Hammett-Vaughan: “Big drama and an unforgettable afternoon of music by the Emerson String Quartet at the Vancouver Playhouse. Thanks to Paris Simons and the Friends of Chamber Music for bringing these incredible artists to our city. This unforgettable program of Hayden, Bartok and Dvořák by these amazing musicians was stopped suddenly when the first violinist’s (very expensive and I’m sure irreplaceable) bow SNAPPED in the middle of Bartok. Literally, the top end snapped and every hair on the bow flew into a wild birds-nest still attached to the bottom end. Everyone was shocked, and he left the stage for a minute or two and returned with another bow. Then they started where they had left off, and it was brilliant. Such grace and professionalism under extreme pressure! They finished with the Dvořák and then gave us a thrilling movement fro a Shostakovich quartet as an encore. And I was happy to see Capilano U jazz students in the crowd, as well as lots of old friends that I rarely see.

Zio Braccio: Those students are from the history class I teach. I am sad for the violinist as I know how much these bows cost but it sounds as though the students got to hear an interesting concert.

Kate Hammett-Vaughan: How wonderful! That was the Haydn, before the violinists switched places. What a treat to watch them interact and gain some sense of their intense focus on the music and how much they obviously enjoy playing together.

Paris Simons: “The Emerson String Quartet is one of a very few groups where the violinists trade being first and second violin from piece to piece…

Heeeun Kim: It was truly an amazing concert with many breathtaking moments!



Everyone was buzzing at our reception. Please take a peek at our photos. If you see yourself, or know someone, please let us know in the comments below so we can provide a caption.