The Vetta Chamber Music Society has been presenting high calibre chamber music with some of the best musicians from BC for the last 35 years. Vetta has grown so that in recent years we have mounted five main productions with over 20 concerts in Vancouver and other communities throughout the province. The programs include pre-concert talks and friendly receptions where musicians meet the audience.
Our mandate is to foster excellence in chamber music performance and creative collaboration through the presentation of engaging and carefully curated programs. This season, because of COVID-19 restrictions, we have shifted our season from live concerts to a series of five on-line video concerts recorded live at the Chan Centre in Vancouver. We have been fortunate to have a wonderful team of audio and video producers and technicians for these recordings.
Our mission is to create quality concert experiences that we can share with a growing audience in an engaging and intimate way. Vetta Chamber Music has gained a reputation as being the pre-eminent locally produced chamber music series in Vancouver. In both 2018 and 2019 Vetta was named "runner up" best classical ensemble in Georgia Straight's peoples’ choice awards and also the Vancouver Courier “Stars of Vancouver” awards, and is a nominee for the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Our motto is “engaging, connecting, sharing” so we are committed to presenting a wide selection of repertoire to our audience, both old and new, and we regularly commission new works by BC composers. In our 2019-2020 season, Vetta partnered with the Canadian Music Centre as the resident group for a series of five concerts.
Vetta has also partnered with other organizations including Heart of the City Festival Vancouver, Elektra Women's Choir; Vancouver Chamber Choir; Victoria Summer Music Festival, Maple Ridge Music Society, Pender Harbour Music Society, Music at Wentworth Villa, Chamber Music Kelowna, West Coast Winter Music Society Tofino and ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island.
Beginning in 2015 Vetta Chamber Music undertook a collaborative project which combines First Nations and western music traditions. Rosemary Georgeson, First Nations (Sahtu Dene/Coast Salish) storyteller and 2009 recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Award, plays a prominent role in this project as Vetta’s First Nations Consultant. Our collaboration “Seasons of the Sea” which Vetta commissioned, has been performed eight times to date and combines the art of First Nations storytelling by Rosemary Georgeson with music by Vancouver based composer Jeffrey Ryan. Vetta will be video-recording an expanded version of “Seasons of the Sea” in June 2021 at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver.