Top News

Yarmouth concert unique take on Beethoven in Debut Atlantic series

Bryan Holt and Amahl Arulanandam, VC2 cello duo.
Bryan Holt and Amahl Arulanandam, VC2 cello duo. - Contributed

YARMOUTH, N.S.  – Hear! Here! Society presents VC2, a cello duo, at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 61 William St., in Yarmouth, on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.

The duo features Toronto cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, in a program that promises to push musical boundaries. For their Debut Atlantic tour, the duo’s concept program is focused on the 19th century composer Ludwig van Beethoven, but with an unusual twist. This program will showcase five new commissions, by five young Canadian cellists, all based on Beethoven’s own sonatas.

In addition, the duo will bring to light some influential yet mysterious works tied to Beethoven’s life. It promises to be a musically and historically rich presentation and a uniquely Canadian experience.

The Sunday concert is the last stop on an eight-concert Debut Atlantic tour across Atlantic Canada. Tickets, ($20) are available by calling (902) 742-8895 or by emailing

This concert is being presented by Hear! Here! Society, with financial support from Arts Nova Scotia.

The Toronto-based duo presents artistically challenging, yet accessible programs and has performed in venues ranging from intimate pubs to Roy Thomson Hall. Both Holt and Arulanandam wear many musical hats as orchestral, chamber and session musicians in the Greater Toronto Area. They have performed as part of leading arts organizations including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; National Ballet of Canada Orchestra Soundstreams; Art of Time Ensemble; Continuum Contemporary Music; Pocket Concerts; New Music Concerts; Music in the Barns; Thin Edge New Music Collective; Contact Contemporary Music; and Tapestry Opera. They are also both members of Matt Haimovitz’s ensemble, Uccello, and were semi-finalists in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatte competition. As a duo, they have been featured at Ottawa Chamberfest, Ottawa New Music Creators, 21C Music Festival, Ritornello Festival, and the Prairie Cello Institute.

VC2 believe in the support and creation of new works by living composers. The duo recently returned from the soundSCAPE performance and composition exchange in Maccagno, Italy bringing home with them a number of new works by emerging international composers.

Recent Stories