"...The New Orford Quartet, which consists of Wan, Jonathan Crow on violin, Eric Nowlin on viola and Brian Manker on cello, has received two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year, applause from critics and a 2012 Juno nomination. All of the members are principal players in the Montreal and Toronto symphony orchestras who came together to revolutionize the concept of string quartet playing in Canada.
“This is a completely different skill-set. We all love the variety and this repertoire is amazing,” said Wan. “We are all equal members and it is really humbling for us because we are leaders of our sections and are used to a certain amount of say of how things are going to be done. With the quartet there is a lot of discussion making it a completely different dynamic.”
The members provide a fresh perspective on interpretations of standard string quartet repertoire and are dedicated to promoting Canadian works. At the Penticton concert, New Orford are playing music that spans over 225 years from Haydn to Beethoven and a modern piece from Canadian composer Jacque Hétu. The New Orford String Quartet is performing at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.) at the Cleland Theatre as part of a 16-concert tour in Western Canada. Individual tickets for this, and all, Penticton Community Concerts can be purchased at the Shatford Centre. Prices are $30 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door as well."