Free centenary concert features UBC’s Borealis String Quartet

Free centenary concert features UBC’s Borealis String Quartet

The University of British Columbia became B.C.’s first university 100 years ago with the 1908 signing of the University Act. To celebrate UBC’s centenary, UBC Okanagan is hosting a free public concert by the acclaimed Borealis String Quartet later this month.

Formed in Vancouver in the fall of 2000, the Borealis String Quartet is the quartet-in-residence at UBC in Vancouver, where they give regular master classes and teach chamber music at the School of Music.

The quartet will perform at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at UBC Okanagan on Thursday, June 19 (an indoor theatre is available in case of rain). Cake and refreshments will be served and concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. There’s no admission fee, but pre-registration is required by going to or by calling 250.807.9932.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Okanagan residents to enjoy an outdoor performance by one of Canada’s finest quartets,” says Bonnie Bates Gibbs, Director of Alumni and University Relations at UBC Okanagan. “We invite the entire community to join us in celebrating the centenary at UBC’s newest campus.”

Featured in numerous CBC broadcasts, the Borealis String Quartet has performed to critical acclaim and sold out concert halls across Canada. Borealis features musicians Patricia Shih (violin), Yuel Yawney (violin), Nikita Pogrebnoy (viola), and Shih-Lin Chen (cello).

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