The Island Gallery


The Island Gallery
100-106 Madison Avenue N,
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110
Tel. 206-780-9500,
Contact Susan Swannack-Nunn, Owner

January 25, 2008. For immediate release.

Three Evenings of Chamber Music and Extraordinary Art

The Island Gallery announces the return of its Spring Concert Series with three chamber music concerts beginning Friday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m.

The first concert features the Beau Metro Quartet (Stephen Bryant, violin, Sue Jane Bryant, viola, Tom Dziekonski, violin, and Virginia Dziekonski, cello).

The program will include:
Volans: Dances
Borodin: Scherzo
Grieg: String Quartet Op. Post. Britten: Waltz
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 135

Location: The Island Gallery, 100-106 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island, Washington


Stephen Bryant,
a Bainbridge Island resident, is a violinist known for his enthusiasm and passion for music. Each summer he leads a string quartet concert series during a fifteen day river raft trip through the Grand Canyon, performing in some of the most spectacular natural amphitheatres in the world. Steve was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Steve is presently a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Sue Jane Bryant studied viola with Karen Tuttle and Lillian Fuchs at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She was a member of the Edmonton Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra before moving to Seattle in 2003. Sue Jane served as Sub-Principal Viola of the newly formed Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998/99. Sue Jane enjoys teaching, studio recording and playing as an extra musician with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She lives on Bainbridge Island.

Virginia Dziekonski is assistant principal cellist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. She has performed with Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera. Virginia has also performed as principal cellist for Tacoma Opera, the Northwest Sinfonietta and the St. James Cathedral Chamber Orchestra. She works for all the major recording studios in the Seattle area, playing scores for radio, television and movies. Virginia is an active chamber musician and has appeared in series such as Second City in Tacoma, Artswest, Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series, Camerata Musica of the Battelle Institute, the San Juan Chamber Players, the Music in the Park Series of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Water Music Festival in Long Beach, WA. In July 2007, Virginia played with Beau Metro Quartet in the premiere concert of chamber music for the Anacortes Arts Festival. In 2000-2001, Virginia played principal cello for the world premiere of Philip Glass’ chamber opera, “In the Penal Colony” at ACT Theatre, which also toured to Chicago at the Court Theater, and New York at the Classic Stage Co. In 2004, the Beau Metro premiered “Anna Madrigal Remembers” with the Seattle Men’s Chorus and with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. She is on the string tracks to “Bring Me to the Light,” a Top 40 hit by the band Evanescence.

Tom Dziekonski studied with Vilem Sokol at the University of Washington, where he graduated with honors in Music, Arts, and Electrical Engineering. He also studied with Daniel Majeske, late concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. He was concertmaster of the Seattle Youth Symphony, where he received the inspirational award and returned as guest soloist. Tom is the first violinist in the Metropolitan String Quartet, which premiered "In the Penal Colony", the chamber opera by Philip Glass, in Seattle, Chicago and New York. They have performed with famed soprano Frederica von Stade, and on the Governor's Chamber Music concert series. He also plays first violin with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and plays occasionally with the Seattle Symphony and with Seattle Opera, where he also performed on-stage roles in costume. Tom also plays electric violin in the musical cast of Teatro ZinZanni: a 70's vintage Barcus Berry, airbrushed in Day-Glo acrylics.