Vancouver Academy of Music’s Koerner Quartet will close its season with the Houston-based Rolston String Quartet on June 5. Here are five reasons you should go:

1. Two is always better than one as Koerner Quartet (Nicholas Wright, Jason Ho, Byron Hitchcock, and Joseph Elworthy) join forces with up and coming Rolston String Quartet (Luri Lee, Jeffrey Dyrda, Hezekiah Leung, and Jonathan Lo) in what will undoubtedly be an epic show of virtuosity.

2. In this evening of chamber music, each quartet will first showcase works by Debussy and Haydn before combining to conquer Mendelssohn’s iconic String Octet , which doubles each instrument for twice the intensity.

3.  The Rolston String Quartet pedigree is undeniable as all are Canadian graduates from Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, and the Glenn Gould School, and serve as ensemble-in-residence at Rice University’s prestigious Shepherd School of Music.

4.  The Rolston String Quartet was founded in 2013 by Vancouver-raised cellist , and Vancouver Academy of Music alumnus, who returns for his quartet’s debut in his hometown.

5. This is a chance to witness two of Canada’s rising star chamber ensembles. In just three years the Rolston String Quartet have collaborated with renowned pianists Gilbert Kalish and Jon Kimura Parker, as well as celebrated conductor/choreographer Mark Morris.

Koerner Quartet Meets Rolston Quartet plays the Koerner Recital Hall (1270 Chestnut St, Vancouver) on June 5. Visit for tickets and information.