The Koerner Quartet, along with special guest prodigies, close their 2014/15 season and welcomes the coming change of seasons with Summer Serenade on June 7. Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. Summer Serenade is the finale to the Koerner Quartet’s first public season, and proves to be one of their most memorable performances for its varied program.

2. Two of the Vancouver Academy of Music’s top young string prodigies, 18-year old cellist Trisha Doo and 19-year old violinist Esther Hwang, will appear alongside their mentors to play Tchaikovsky’s  sextet, Souvenir de Florence. At the age of fifteen, Doo won first prize at the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition and performed solo at the Winners Recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Hwang first appeared as a soloist with an orchestra at the young age of nine and has since performed solo with numerous orchestras including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

3. This is a great opportunity to show our support for young up-and-coming classical artists, especially as community offerings and resources, such as elementary school music programs, remain under increasing threat from budget cuts.

4. Puccini fans are in for a treat as the concert opens with a rare chamber composition from the composer known for a myriad of operatic works. Puccini deftly transposes his lyrical style to string quartet with the dark and haunting Chrysanthemums.

5. True to its title, Summer Serenade‘s program sets the tone for the warmer months, especially with Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, a breezy and exhilarating ode to the iconic Italian city written by the Russian composer during his famous 1890 vacation to the region.

Summer Serenade plays the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Koerner Recital Hall (1270 Chestnut St, Vancouver) on Sunday, June 7. Visit for tickets and information.