Two gems from the chamber music repertoire – one freshly written, one immortal. In both cases, written from one friend to another. Harpist Lani Krantz and Clarinetist Christopher Lee weave the melodies, accompanied by their friends: our own VIS String Principals.

VIS Musicians

Lani Krantz HARP
Christopher Lee CLARINET
Calvin Dyck VIOLIN
Samuel Tsui  VIOLIN
Manti Poon  VIOLA
Min Jee Yoon CELLO

Concert Programme

Rachel LAURIN       Suite for Harp and String Quartet, op. 101 *Premiere
Dedicated to Maureen McKeon Holmes

MOZART        Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV 581

OCT 24, 2021

OCT 24, 2021




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Lani Krantz is Principal Harpist with the Vancouver Island Symphony, and plays as an extra the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Opera. She has performed with artists such as Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Mathis, Carly Rae Jepsen. As soloist, Lani has performed the Mozart Concerto with Lionsgate Sinfonia and flutist, Carol Dymond and in 2019, William Alwyn’s beautiful Lyra Angelica for harp and string orchestra with the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Lani is a member of the acclaimed, Winter Harp and in 2019 added the role of their Assistant Producer. Lani’s collaboration with Erhu player, Rong Jun and composer, Jin Zhang has been showcased in many events; most notably, the Sound of Dragon Festival and the 2011 World Harp Congress. Lani is heard on the soundtracks for Space Buddies, Super Buddies, the Canadian attraction Fly over Canada and on singer Appollonia Vanova’s CD, Lullabies.

Lani is a harp instructor at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music and is currently Secretary of the WCHS/BC Chapter of the American Harp Society. In 2016 she added ‘Mom’ to her list of titles and is excitedly joining her little boy on his own musical journey!




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Clarinetist, Christopher Lee completed his Master’s degree at Juilliard School where he received Bachelor’s degree on Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and Eve Lyndlemarch Scholarship. He has studied with renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima at The Juilliard School. Christopher has won the first and grand prizes at many competitions such as Korean Clarinet Competition, Vancouver Burnaby Clef Society Competition, “VAM” Competition, Korean Young Artist Competition and more. He was invited to perform and received the certificate at the 5th Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Odense, Denmark that only opens every 4 years. Christopher had been appointed as a principal clarinet of National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Canada, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and “VAM” Symphony Orchestra while giving out concerts tour in 12 different cities in North America. For his outstanding musicality, he was selected for “Award of Excellence” with $5,000 scholarship in NYOC. He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Pilgrim Orchestra, The Korean Clarinet Orchestra and VYSO. He had been invited again to perform with VSO for the annual concert at the Deer Lake Park in Canada and with The Korean Clarinet Orchestra at Seoul Art Center in South Korea. In 2010, he had become as an executive director of “First Steps Benefit Concert Series” in Vancouver, which has raised approximately $30,000 per concert a year since 2009 at their annual concert benefiting the children in North Korea.

Christopher is currently principal clarinet of Vancouver Island Symphony and occasionally performs with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Symphony Orchestra. He is also devoted to teaching and conducting, he joined the clarinet faculty of Vancouver Academy of Music since 2014 and he is the music director of “Jubilate Clarinet Ensemble” and “Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church’s Choir”.


Calvin Dyck has been concertmaster for the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo since 2000, and is also the director for the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra.  Calvin has played concerts in over 15 countries, and is in demand as a producer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator.  Although a college aptitude test recommended a career as a tug boat captain, Calvin finished a DMA in Violin Performance as USC with minors in choral conducting, and music history. He currently has about 25 students.  Some of his former students are currently studying at universities across Canada, and several have played with the Vancouver Island Symphony. Calvin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community.  He has also been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities by Trinity Western University.  In these unusual times he is grateful to have some musical opportunities along with part-time employment as a farmer and a delivery driver.

Born in Hong Kong, Samuel Tsui began learning the violin at the age of 5. He attained both his Bachelors and Masters degrees specializing in violin performance under the tutelage of Jasper Wood at the University of British Columbia. Post-graduation, he further developed his abilities under the mentoring of Akira Nagai. He regularly coaches string sectionals for the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, Surrey Youth Symphony Orchestra the Richmond Delta Youth Symphony Orchestra. During the summer, he serves as a faculty member of the Music, Meadows and Mountains retreat in Washington, USA. He has also adjudicated for the junior, intermediate and senior instrumental divisions of the Richmond Music School Scholarship Competition and the String Festival of Central Valley Academy of Music. Samuel currently performs as the principal second violinist of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the first violin section in the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Canada West Chamber Orchestra, and the Willingdon Church Orchestra. He also served as the personnel manager and a first violinist of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. Samuel has become a well sought-after violinist in western Canada and has worked with notable artists including Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, and Mary J. Blige.


Manti Poon has held the position of principal violist with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra for 19 years. He has also performed with the VSO and CBC Vancouver Orchestra. Manti had collaborated with the members of the Pacific Rim, Rose Gellert, Koerner, Vancouver, Borealis, Purcell and Emerson String Quartets. Manti served on the faculty at the Douglas College, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Vancouver Academy of Music and the VSO School of Music. He is also the violin and viola instructor at West Point Grey Academy. Manti coached and conducted the Vancouver Youth Symphony, the Surrey Youth Orchestra, the Vancouver Academy Youth Orchestra, the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra and he is the Associate Conductor of the Intermediate Division at the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra. Manti was also on faculty at UBC String Music Camp, Courtney Youth Music Camp, VAM Music Camp, North Shore Music Camp and MMM Music Camp in Washington State.  He studied viola performance with Professor David Harding at the University of British Columbia on full scholarship. Manti performs on a viola by Marino Capicchioni and a rare Sartory viola bow on loan to him by Poesis Fine Instruments & Bows.


Born in Incheon, South Korea, Min Jee Yoon completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the Kyung-won University in Korea and an Artist diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music. She has participated in master-classes by distinguished cellists such as Aldo Parisot, Daniel Muller Schott and Desmond Hoebig. After moving to Canada, she enjoyed two months at the NACO’S Institute of Orchestra Studies in the autumn of 2011, which allowed her the opportunity to perform with the National Art Centre Orchestra under the baton of Pinchas Zuckerman. She was previously a section cellist of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. Since 2016, Min Jee also performs regularly as a substitute player with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She currently holds the position of Principal Cellist with the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Suite for Harp Quintet, Op 101
- Dedicated to Maureen McKeon Holmes

Maureen McKeon Holmes died in November 2017 after a brave struggle with cancer that lasted several years. She and her husband, Robert Holmes, have five daughters. Each reflects her strength, her love and care for family, community and friends, and her energy and commitment to making the world a better place. She had a lively sense of humor and an outgoing personality, never ceasing to engage others in conversation and leaving each feeling they were important. After her diagnosis, she volunteered to cuddle newborns in neonatal care. In her memory, Rachel Laurin composed two works, an Organ Sonata and a Harp Quintet, with love the theme of each. The Harp Quintet’s opening movement is about falling in love. Maybe you can visualize eagles clasping talons and cascading downwards for the joy of it, mated-for-life. Next are variations on an Irish folk melody displaying happy, playful, wistful, melancholic and exuberant perspectives. The energetic finale is a Moto Perpetuo. Maureen was always on the move. Even in her last years, she travelled across Canada, Europe and the USA. Many thanks to Rachel Laurin, Lani Krantz and the VIS String Quartet for bringing this work to life.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era.

Born in Salzburg, Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphoniesconcertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his early death at the age of 35. The circumstances of his death have been much mythologized.

He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonicconcertantechamberoperatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote: "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years".


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