Music & Beyond is pleased to announce a very special fundraising concert with acclaimed pianist Janina Fialkowska, who will be featured in a delightful program of works for solo piano and Beethoven’s majestic and powerful 4th Piano Concerto, performed in the chamber music version arranged by the 19th century German composer Vinzenz Lachner. Joining in for the Beethoven are five of Montreal and Ottawa’s top string players, violinists Marcelle Mallette and Andrea Armijo Fortin, violist Catherine Ferreira, cellist Julian Armour and double bassist Vincent Gendron. Making a special appearance on this concert will be the exceptional young violinist Kerson Leong, who will be offering a preview of a concert of encore pieces he is offering at this summer’s Music and Beyond festival. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 17th at 3:00 p.m. at Dominion-Chalmers United Church and there will be a silent auction from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. and during intermission.
All funds raised at this concert go to support young people’s programming at the 2015 Music and Beyond Festival.
Tickets are now available at participating outlets, online at www.musicandbeyond.ca, and at Music and Beyond’s office at 51 William St in the Byward Market. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students, $10 for youth, and $60 for reserved. As this is a fundraising event, those who wish to support the festival further can purchase a special fundraising ticket that includes reserved seating, a special reception with Janina Fialkowska catered by The Rockcliffe Retirement Residence, and a tax receipt for $80 all for $150. Passholders can receive special 2-for-1 pricing for the performance by showing their pass.
Unquestionably one of the very best pianists Canada has ever produced, Janina Fialkowska continues to receive a wide range of honours, awards and critical acclaim. In 1974 her career was launched by Arthur Rubinstein after he heard her prize-winning performance at his inaugural Master Piano Competition in Israel. She has gone on to perform internationally in recital and as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras. She is the recipient of the “2012 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Classical Music”, Canada’s foremost honor for excellence in the performing arts. She was the first woman instrumentalist to be so honored. Her recent recording of Mozart concertos with the Chamber Players of Canada was nominated for a Juno Award in 2014. Her recording of Chopin concertos with the Chamber Players of Canada was named no. 14 on CBC’s “30 best Canadian classical recordings ever”.
“Hearing Janina play is always a beautiful, moving and joyful experience”, states Music and Beyond’s artistic director Julian Armour. “She has put together an absolutely gorgeous program, and it is always such a delight to perform with her. This is a program everyone will totally love.”
Janina Fialkowska – piano
Marcelle Mallette – violin
Andréa Armijo Fortin – violin
Catherine Ferreira – viola
Julian Armour – cello
Vincent Gendron – double bass
With special guests:
Kerson Leong – violin
Tu Mach – piano
Grieg – Seven Lyric pieces / Sept pièces lyriques
Once upon a time / Il était une fois
Butterfly / Papillon
At your feet / À tes pieds
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen / Jour de noces à Troldhaugen
Ravel– Jeux d’eau
Chopin – Ballade in F minor / Ballade en fa mineur
Sibelius – Souvenir Op. 79 No.1
Kreisler – Liebesleid
(Kerson Leong and Tu Mach)
Beethoven – Concerto no. 4 in G major / Concerto n° 4 en sol majeur (arr. Lachner)
(Janina Fialkowska, Marcelle Mallette, Andréa Armijo Fortin,Catherine Ferreira, Julian Armour and Vincent Gendron)