Pianist Oriana White is returning to give a one-night-only performance at The Sanctuary (1805 Larch Street) this Wednesday, December 3rd at 6 pm. Don’t expect any old traditional winter concert- O White Night Winter Concert is bringing together classical and contemporary music, musicians and dancers, as well as food and wine in what is sure to be a memorable evening. “In addition to providing an evening of great entertainment, hosting ‘O White Night!’ is also about giving inspiration and encouragement to those who may wish to perform an art they love someday,” says Oriana. “As a predominantly solo pianist, collaborating with talented musicians and dancers is an incredibly humbling and beautiful experience and my dream is to share this with everyone.” Special guests for the evening include Flamenco dancers Marylou Vallejo and Sydney Cochrane, Mario De La Sota (cajon & voice), Michael Antonakos (tenor), Sunshine Moradi (Persian Setar), Ivan Tucakov (Spanish Guitar), and Nina Djokic (piano). Tickets are limited. To purchase, go to: www.orianawhite.com.
Bridge Musicians International is bringing an elegant evening of classical music to Richmond for one night only this Friday, November 7th. Dr. Scott Meek, an award-winning pianist who has debuted as a soloist with some of the leading orchestras in Canada, will perform with cellist, Kevin Park, violist, Manto Poon, violinist, Jiln Kim, and fellow pianist, Ross Salvosa. According to Dr. Meek, performing with Bridge Musicians International is a wonderful chance to be a part of a chamber music performance:
“The BMI is a group formed by cellist Kevin Park, as an opportunity for professional musicians who are finished music school to have chamber music performance opportunities,” says Meek. “This is easy to do while attending a music university, but in the professional world, it’s much more difficult to organize. I’m thankful to be part of the group, and look forward to many concerts in the future!”
The evening’s program includes:
- Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in g minor
- Tangos for piano 4-hands by Piazzolla, Villoldo, Gardel and Miranda
- Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major
The concert is taking place at South Arm United Church, 11051 No. 3 Rd, Richmond. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors and can be purchased here. If not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door.
Berlin-based composer and producer, Nils Frahm, is in the midst of an international tour and is bringing his music to Vancouver with special guests Dawn of Midi for one night only this Friday, November, 7th, where he will play a Mason & Hamlin Concert Grand courtesy of Pacey’s Pianos at The Imperial (319 Main Street) in a concert sponsored by Timbre Concerts. Frahm is known for his uniquely innovative and unconventional approach to the piano and for his intimate and poignant compositions. He is also known for his astonishing improvisational gifts and incorporates this ability into his concerts. According to Frahm, his “heart lies in improvisation, in the magic of a moment where, inspired by the space and the audience, [his] fingers can create new compositions loosely based around [his] familiar melodies.” His contemplative and intimate style of music has won him many fans internationally. Previous solo piano works include ‘Wintermusik’ (2009) and ‘The Bells’ (2009). In 2011, Frahm released his critically acclaimed record ‘Felt’. He followed up the album with a solo synthesizer EP ‘Juno’ and ‘Screws’ in 2012. In 2013, Frahm released his follow up to Juno with a work entitled Juno Reworked with guest reworks by Luke Abbot and Clark. To purchase tickets, click here. Advance tickets are $22.50. Doors open at 8:00pm and show starts at 9:30pm.
Some exciting news is coming to us from the Mozart School of Music. The school is making final preparations to host its Young Artist Concerto Gala 2015 on March 8th, 2015 at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts and has extended its application deadline from October 31st to November 7th. This is an opportunity for talented students to perform with a professional orchestra- the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra- at the prestigious Chan Centre. Last year’s event was sold out.
According to Mozart School of Music Director, Olga Lockwood, only 1 in 100, 000 music students ever get the opportunity to play with a live orchestra. When the school opened in 2009 Lockwood had a vision of providing the opportunity for students to perform with a professional orchestra. Her dream led her to the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra where she met with Conductor Kenneth Hsieh.
“[Hsieh's] goals aligned with mine in that he wanted to give young professional orchestra players an opportunity to perform,” says Lockwood. “The training to perform with an orchestra is so different from the goals in our teaching studios, for recitals, competitions or examinations. This opportunity is very unique and stretches our gifted young students to a higher level. I am so excited that we can provide this training and this wonderful professional experience to students.”
The Gala is now entering its third year and past participants speak highly of it. 2014 participant, Ariel Mo, said after the event that: “It was truly a unique opportunity and I can’t properly express how thankful I am that I was able to be a part of it. Last night was my first performance with orchestra and it was simply, well, amazing. Neither my parents nor I can thank you enough for organizing all of this.”
To see a video of student Claire Lee (who went on to win the Seattle International Piano Competition) performing at last year’s gala, click here. The audition requires one movement of a concerto or one advance repertoire limited to 15 minutes. The acceptance fee for young pianists who pass the audition is $5, 000. The acceptance fee includes 3 masterclasses, 2 dress rehearsals with orchestra, practice rooms, accompanist fees for 4 recitals/mastercleasses, professional headshots, hair and makeup specialists on the day of performance, lunch the day of performance, free tickets for family, and a professional DVD recording of the concert. If you have a student who is interested in participating click here and download the application form located midway down the page. Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Best of luck!
Acclaimed Russian-Canadian pianist, Dr. Sergei Saratovsky, is bringing his award-winning music to the West Coast for a few nights only! Dr, Saratovsky has been taking Vancouver by storm with his younger brother, Nikolai Saratovsky- an internationally acclaimed pianist who has flown in from Moscow to perform with Dr. Saratovsky. Earlier this year, these two gifted siblings decided to combine forces and formed a dynamic four-hand piano duo. the duo have already swept the Russian public off of its feet and are now touring British Columbia. As Dr. Saratovsky explains, the music presented is a synthesis of two different cultural traditions:
“I feel extremely fortunate to be able to absorb the best qualities of both Russian and Canadian cultures. It is part of my mission to share teh vast Russian national heritage in which I am deeply rooted with Canadian audiences. At the same time, my professional development has been largely influenced by my uniquely Canadian background and I am greatly indebted to Canada for all of the possibilities it has provided for me in my growth as a musician.”
The brothers’ first performance took place on October 16th at the Silk Purse Arts Centre in West Vancouver where they performed on a Mason & Hamlin Concert Grand. In addition to the brotherly duo offerin gperformances throughout the Lower Mainland in teh coming weeks, Dr. Saratovsky will also host a solo recital on Friday, November 14th at 7:30 pm. The concert is set to take place at West Point Grey United Church (4595 West 8th Ave). You can purchase tickets for the event here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/729782.
Dr. Saratovsky has won numerous international piano competitions, including First Place at the Porto International Piano Competition (1999), Second Prize at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition (2004), and Second Place at the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition (2006). He has played with various orchestras throughout the world including the Portugal National Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia as well as the State Symphony Orchestra of Karelia in his home country of Russia. In addition to performing, Dr. Saratovsky is also in demand as a guest clinician and jury member of international competitions and festivals. Following the completion of his doctoral studies, he has continued his scholarly research activities through journal publications and participation in international conferences.
Planning a special event and need a high-quality grand piano? That’s the situation the PNE found itself in when they decided to contact Pacey’s Pianos. The PNE required a semi-concert grand on short notice for their Mosaic Music Series and Pacey’s Pianos was able to provide them with a Mason & Hamlin 7′ Semi-Concert Grand.
The piano was used this particular evening by the Dal Richards Orchestra with guest performer Michael Kaeshammer.
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