Blog from the road

As we roll along the Trans Canada Highway from Brooks to Calgary, I find it hard to believe that only one day has passed since we were at our home base in Lafleche. Yesterday was a whirlwind of travel and performances, with a morning show at the Swift Current Market Square and an evening concert […]

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Alvin’s Musings

Hello world! It’s been almost a week since the CSQ was reunited for our 2017 Musical Gatherings Tour. Audrey, Alyssa and I are so fortunate to have Laurence Schaufele joining us as our guest violist this year. He’s an amazing musician and a fantastic story teller. It’s been a hectic week of intense rehearsing but […]

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Crimson Duo: Back in Sask!

Hello world! I’m so happy to be back in Saskatchewan on the Sproule Farm in Lafleche for the debut of the Crimson Duo. Due to some availability issues in our group (Alyssa got married!!), Audrey and I will be touring as a violin duo. It’s been a busy few days rehearsing and planning for our […]

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Crimson Duo Tour Itinerary 2016

Please join the Crimson Duo (Audrey Sproule and Alvin Tran, violins) at our concerts this Summer: Saturday, August 13: Farmer’s Market in Swift Current, 12pm-1pm Sunday, August 14: Red Roof Studios in Brooks, 2pm-3pm Tuesday, August 16: Newbrook Lodge in Brooks, 2pm-3pm Thursday, August 18: Creative Kids Fundraiser in Shaunavon, 7:30pm Saturday, August 20: Taste of Maple […]

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The Summer of Mosquitoes

Dear friends and fans of music, Here we are, nearing the end of our time of rehearsals together, in the currently mosquito-infested land of Audrey’s family farm, all wearing sweaters, socks and pants in the hopes of discouraging these pestering creatures of God. Typically, we are quite excited for the tour, but this year’s excitement has […]

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Midweek Musings

Hello world, I am at the kitchen table with Alyssa and Alvin having baked a batch of lemon lavender scones. We are winding down after another successful day of rehearsals today. We are elated to be working on the Mozart Quartet. This is some of the most beautiful music ever written. We’ve been finding that working […]

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Crimson String Quartet Reunited

Hello world! We are so happy to start our 2015 Summer Tour in Saskatchewan. Last night, Etienne, Alyssa and I myself arrived happy yet exhausted at the Sproule Farm in Lafleche. We were treated to a gourmet Turkey dinner courtesy of our host parents, Dave and Sherry, who also happen to be Audrey’s parents! After […]

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Mid-spring Musings

Dearest fellow lovers of chamber music, We are currently at Audrey’s farm with the incredible pianist, Meagan Milatz, enjoying some tea. Today was a wonderfully intensive day of rehearsals, focusing on our interpretation of Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Op. 44. We met in the afternoon to go through the first two movements, and then came back […]

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