Last Monday evening, the internationally-celebrated Borealis String Quartet premiered eight new five-minute string quartets written by emerging composers ranging in age from 12 to 50. The concert was the result of an 8-week composition seminar on writing for the string quartet — CMC BC’s Jean Coulthard String Quartet Readings — led by Dr. Jennifer Butler. The quartets were inspired by a recent exhibition at the Rennie Museum — Spring 2019: Collected Works.

The Deux Mille Foundation made it possible to offer this unique program free to participants. And Bob Rennie‘s generosity, and the museum’s Director Wendy Chan‘s wonderfully collaborative spirit made it possible to stage these world premieres in the architecturally-stunning Rennie Museum in the lovingly restored Wing Sang Building in Chinatown. The Rennie Museum also sponsored a gorgeous reception after in the gallery’s stunning rooftop sculpture garden. Thanks to the Deux Mille Foundation and Bob Rennie, all proceeds benefited the Canadian Music Centre in BC.

The concert was called 8 X 5 based on the number and length of the quartets. Most of us know what a lucky number 8 is considered in Chinese society. The numbe