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The Kessler Academy 2022

The Kessler Academy 2022

Doors open at 2:30PM. Concert at 3:00PM

TICKETS | $32/$15/$10 (regular/student post-secondary/youth up to & including grade 12)
Tickets at door: $35/$17/$11
General admission seating.



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

The Kessler Academy’s String Orchestra


Young string players: Want to apply to the Kessler Academy? Click here.

The eighth consecutive year of The Kessler Academy sparks hope, joy, and contemplation with music from Ukraine and Poland.

Talented young musicians take the stage after a week-long mentorship program driven by the Vancouver-based Microcosmos Quartet. This year’s concert holds a special meaning as Vancouver’s beloved centenarian and philanthropist Mrs. Susan Kessler passed away in October 2021. Her mission to keep classical musical vibrant in the 21st century is felt more than ever, and this musician-led string orchestra is the chance to feel this energetic sentiment with everyone in the room.

The Kessler Academy concert leaves audience members in high spirits. It’s filled with great music, inspiring performance, and the celebration of inspiring young musicians performing the repertoire they’ve polished in the past week. The Academy works intensely with participants to help build their confidence, and their learnings around classical repertoire.

How do I apply to The Kessler Academy?

Young musicians can apply to be a part of the Kessler Academy here. The cost of the program is covered through the generous support of donors and foundations. The Academy rehearsals will take place at The Post at 750 August 2-6, 2022.


Krystof Penderecki
Sinfonietta No.1 (1992)

Valentin Silvestrov
Hymn (2001)

Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra, Op. 3 (1940)

Music on Main’s The Kessler Academy 2022 has been generously supported by Deux Mille Foundation, Y.P. Heung Foundation, Diamond Foundation, and The Hamber Foundation.

Music on Main requires audiences and artists to wear masks at the Kessler Academy String Orchestra performance. Thank you in advance for helping everyone feel comfortable and safe.