Venue: Silver Spire United Church
Time: Sunday 2pm
Category:  Music
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, Ontario
Price:  This is a “Friends of the Festival” performance. In the Soil Arts Festival PASS HOLDERS can purchase $14 tickets at the door. All other advance tickets sold through Gallery Players online: Adult $36 / Senior $33 / Student / Arts Worker $14 / Family $75 / GROUP RATES AVAILABLE. Go to: for more information.


A fascinating journey through the first 50 years of the string quartet.


From the rarely heard but pioneering voice of Franz Asplmayr (colleague of Mozart & Haydn), to the beguiling voice of Mozart himself, and concluding with the visionary expression of Beethoven in his late period, we lead you to a bold new frontier of music.

Beethoven Op. 130, Mozart K.464 in A major, & Asplmayr Op. 2

The Eybler Quartet came together in late 2004 to explore the works of the first century of the string quartet, with a healthy attention to lesser known composers such as their namesake, Joseph Leopold Edler von Eybler. The group plays on instruments appropriate to the period of the music it performs. Violinist Julia Wedman and violist Patrick G. Jordan are members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Violinist Aisslinn Nosky is concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society and Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra; Julia and Aisslinn are also members of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble. Cellist Margaret Gay is much in demand as both a modern and period instrument player. The group brings a unique combination of talents and skills: years of collective experience as chamber musicians, technical prowess, experience in period instrument performance and an unquenchable passion for the repertoire. Their most recent recording, a 2-CD set of Joseph Haydn’s Op. 33 String Quartets for the Analekta label was called “simply a treasure” by Early Music America, “the tempos are beautifully chosen, the ensemble perfect, and the intonation absolutely pure. This is music-making that reflects the deeply human and attractive qualities found in Haydn the composer—good humor, wit, and invention.” The ensemble’s recording of Eybler’s Opus 1 String Quartets, also for Analekta, is also the world premiere recording of these pieces.

Now in its 23nd season the Gallery Players of Niagara has become one of Niagara’s most prominent presenters of classical chamber music. Each season the organization presents a huge variety of chamber music from Vivaldi & Brahms to improvised music for silent movies.

The group’s 15 performers live and work in and around Southern Ontario. Described as “musically captivating”, and “great communicators” they continue to thrill audiences. The players have recorded and released two CDs that have gone on to receive international acclaim.


Aisslinn Nosky – violin
Julia Wedman – violin
Patrick Jordan – viola
Margaret Gay – ‘cello