The Kessler Academy 2021

The Kessler Academy 2021

AUGUST 14, 2021
Doors open at 7:00PM (PDT). Concert at 7:30PM (PDT)


The Microcosmos Quartet:
Marc Destrubé, violin I
Andrea Siradze, violin II
Tawnya Popoff, viola
Rebecca Wenham, cello

with The Kessler Academy’s String Orchestra

Tickets on Sale Now!
Kindly purchase your tickets in the group size (one, two, or three) that you’re planning to sit with. This is to ensure proper distancing of approximately 2 metres.


There’s a sense of comfort and joy found in tradition during uncertain times. These sentiments ring true for the seventh consecutive year of The Kessler Academy. This innovative, youth-focused training academy features an entirely musician-led string orchestra mentorship program, driven by the Vancouver-based Microcosmos Quartet, in proud partnership with Music on Main.

This intergenerational collaboration, named for Vancouver’s beloved centenarian and philanthropist Mrs. Susan Kessler, is dedicated to keeping classical music vibrant and vital in the 21st century. It also builds agency and confidence in its participants, and creates opportunities for audiences to listen powerfully, together.

After a week-long mentorship intensive in mid-August, encompassing individual, sectional, and ensemble rehearsals in a safe, socially-distanced environment, these talented youth will perform great 20th- and 21st century works alongside the Microcosmos Quartet in a showcase concert. In the wake of a year marked profoundly by physical isolation, Music on Main is thrilled to invite a limited number of audience members to this safe, in-person event at the historic Vancouver Playhouse.

The Kessler Academy 2021 is the final celebration of Music on Main’s 15th season. We’re marking this special occasion with all tickets on sale for only $15! Join us in celebrating great music and listening together again.

Prefer not to attend in-person? We’ll also be sharing the performance digitally in the fall. We remain committed to creating safe, welcoming, and enriching experiences for audiences through both dynamic in-person events and curated digital recordings.



Béla Bartók
Divertimento for String Orchestra (1939)

Igor Stravinsky
Concerto in D (1946)

Paul Hindemith
Five Pieces for String Orchestra, Op. 44, No. 4 (1927)

Brooklyn Wood
New Commission (2021)

The Kessler Academy is presented by Music on Main and the Microcosmos Quartet. The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is a Supporting Partner for this year’s event, with special assistance from Vancouver Civic Theatres.

This year’s program has been generously supported by Beech Foundation, The Deux Mille Foundation, The Diamond Foundation, The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation, The Greygates Foundation, The Mathisen Family Private Foundation (represented by the ARPEG Group of Companies), The McLean Foundation, and The Y.P. Heung Foundation.

…alongside numerous individual donors. Thank you!


What to expect when you attend “The Kessler Academy 2021”

Music on Main looks forward to welcoming you back to our first indoor concert since March 2020! In order to safely welcome all music lovers, our safety measures err on the side of caution. Thank you in advance for helping everyone feel comfortable and safe as we learn to listen together again to live music!

Feeling unwell?
– If you are feeling unwell, kindly stay home. If you have any cold, flu, or COVID symptoms, you may be asked to leave the venue.

Let’s wear our masks when moving through shared spaces!
– You are requested to wear your mask when moving through indoor common spaces like the lobby, restrooms, and the theatre aisles. Once you are seated in your seat, you can remove your mask.


Q: Where will I sit?
A: You will be seated with your ticket group by ushers on a first-come, first-serve basis.
– Please wait outside the theatre for your group to arrive and you will be seated together.
– Each group will be seated approximately 2 metres from other audience members.
– Once in your seat, please remain in your seat until invited by an usher to leave.

Q: How long is the concert?
A: The concert is approximately 60 minutes long without intermission.

Q: Can I hang out with friends in the lobby?
A: Unfortunately not at this concert! Let’s all say hello to each other and talk about the music outside.

Q: How many people will be at the concert?
A: Music on Main plans to sell less than 25% of the capacity of the venue. This will allow everyone to have plenty of physical space between audience members.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time as work together to bring music back to our stages.