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Concert 1: Paul Lewis

POP OUT PERFORMANCE

Two performances: Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3pm & Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3pm

Take an exciting musical journey into the works of Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven with Paul Lewis at the helm. Paul is known for immersing himself in epic multi-year musical projects, which have included his vast study of Beethoven’s complete sonatas and piano concertos and Schubert’s final piano works. His latest odyssey delves into Haydn’s piano sonatas and the piano compositions of Johannes Brahms, bridged by Beethoven’s three sets of Bagatelles before culminating with the Diabelli Variations, described as Beethoven’s greatest work for the piano. Paul’s project comprises four concerts spread over two seasons; the first two concerts take place in the 2017-18 Season, the final two in our 2018-19 Season.

HAYDN: Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50
BEETHOVEN: 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126
BRAHMS: 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118
HAYDN: Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI:40

“His account (of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1) has clarity, muscle and steely pride, but also intimacy, vulnerability and volatility: the combination is magnetic” — The Guardian

Concert 2: Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3pm

VRS Subscribers enjoy priority access and big savings on tickets. Our 2-concert packages offer the best value, with discounts of up to 25% over single tickets!

2-concert packages:

By May 19 Save up to 25%           After May 19 Save up to 20%

A       $112                                                                $120
B       $75                                                                  $80
C       $38                                                                  $40

Subscriber add-on tickets (per concert):

By May 19 Save 20%                    After May 19 Save 15%
A       $60                                                                 $64
B       $40                                                                 $42
C       $20                                                                 $21

 

Concert sponsor: Elaine Adair

Supported by:

Additional Support:

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province
of British Columbia

 

Alban Gerhardt

 

Pre-concert talks! Learn more about each afternoon’s recital program at our pre-concert talks. Each talk takes place at 2:15pm in Salon A.

 

A magical musical collaboration awaits! An incredible concert of solo and duo performances from two of the most accomplished musicians we know.

J. S. BACH: Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
BEETHOVEN: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 5 In D Major, Op. 102 No. 2
DEBUSSY: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
BRAHMS: Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano in E minor, Op. 38

“Cellist Alban Gerhardt and pianist Steven Osborne are both superbly instinctive players, with an almost subliminal sense of what the other is about to do, so that every musical gesture they make seems totally spontaneous, as if they are exploring the music for the first time; it’s all so fresh, never overstudied.” The Guardian

 

Series Sponsor:

Concert Sponsor: Richard & Lynda Spratley

Supported By:

 

George Li

 

Learn more about each afternoon’s recital program at our pre-concert talks. Each talk takes place at 2:15pm in the Chan Centre’s Royal Bank Cinema.

Those who witnessed the astonishing Vancouver debut of (then) 16-year-old pianist George Li in 2011 will know what to expect. This extraordinary young musician has since gone on to win the Silver Medal at the XV International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition and a coveted Avery Fisher Career Development Grant. George possesses brilliant virtuosity and effortless grace far beyond his years. In addition to a busy concert career he is also a student at Harvard University.

HAYDN: Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI:32, L. 47
CHOPIN: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
RACHMANINOV: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
LISZT: Consolation No. 3 in D-flat major, S.172
LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S.244/2

“Mr. Li’s playing combined youthful abandon with utter command.” — The New York Times

 

Concert sponsor: The John C. Kerr Family Foundation

In Association With:

 

Zhang Zuo

Chinese pianist Zhang Zuo (Zee Zee) is internationally recognized for her imaginative and electrifying performances. Possessing dazzling technical prowess and spontaneous flair, her creative maturity has been hailed as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry” (L.A. Times). A protégé of Alfred Brendel, Zee Zee is a former BBC New Generation Young Artist. Her powerfully individual interpretations make each concert a unique musical experience. Don’t miss this Canadian debut!

BEETHOVEN: Variations in C minor, WoO 80
SCHUBERT: Sonata in C minor, D. 958
GRANADOS: Goyesca No. 1 ‘Los Requiebros’
LISZT: Vallee D’obermann
LISZT: Rhapsodie Espagnole

“Zhang Zuo is the one of the most outstanding and passionate pianistic talents I have come across” — Maestro Paavo Järvi

 

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

Concert sponsor: Joyce & Tony

Supported by:

Yekwon Sunwoo, 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Winner

On June 10, 2017, Yekwon Sunwoo was announced as the Gold Medalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In its 55-year history, the quadrennial Cliburn has identified and ushered a host of exceptional artists to international prominence, including Barry Douglas, Olga Kern, Radu Lupu, Jon Nakamatsu, and Cristina Ortiz.

28-year-old Yekwon, from Anyang, South Korea, gave his recital and orchestral debuts in 2004 in Seoul, before moving to the United States to earn his bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music and his master’s at The Juilliard School. Career highlights include performances with the Juilliard Orchestra under Itzhak Perlman at Avery Fisher Hall, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, and the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as recitals at Carnegie Hall, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. Yekwon has already graced the VRS stage; he performed with violinist Benjamin Beilman at the Vancouver Playhouse in the 2016-17 Season.

SCHUBERT: Sonata in C minor D. 958
GRAINGER: “Ramble on the last Love-duet” from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier
RACHMANINOV: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 36 (1931 Edition)
RAVEL: La Valse

“One of the world’s highest-visibility classical music contests” — The Dallas Morning News

“Technical brilliance set off by artistic sensitivity.” — Washington Post

 

Concert Sponsor: Anonymous

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The Verona Quartet

The Verona Quartet was the winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and in just three years, has earned a stellar reputation for delivering a “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America) every time they take the stage.  Musical America selected the group as “New Artists of the Month” for May 2016, further setting the Verona Quartet apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music.

The quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Izumi Hall, the Melbourne Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. They have also appeared on National Public Radio, The Weekly Special on PBS, and Abu Dhabi Classical FM.

HAYDN: String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 50, No. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
RAVEL: String Quartet in F major

“Outstanding ensemble of young musicians” — The New York Times

 

The Verona Quartet replaces the previously scheduled Simón Bolívar String Quartet.

 

 

 

Series sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

Supported by:

Marc-André Hamelin

 

Learn more about each afternoon’s recital program at our pre-concert talks. Each talk takes place at 2:15pm in the Chan Centre’s Royal Bank Cinema.

Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the elite of world pianists for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire as well for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, and for performances of his own compositions. This is clearly illustrated in his program for this concert.

FRANZ LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A minor
FRANZ LISZT: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude
FRANZ LISZT: Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H
SAMUIL FEINBERG: Sonata No. 4 in E-flat minor, Op. 6
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Images, Book 1
LEOPOLD GODOWSKY: Wine, Women and Song

 

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Winterlude: Suite Saturday with Jean-Guihen Queyras

Jean-Guihen Queyras’ recording of the Bach Solo Suites for Cello stands among the very best. This is your opportunity to hear him perform all six suites LIVE in the intimate environs of the Annex.

 

Take note!As the Annex is a small and intimate venue, tickets for Suite Saturday will initially be available only to those purchasing a series of all 3 Winterlude concerts. Suite Saturday will be available as part of a build your own subscription or series add-on (MAY 20) once the early bird deadline has passed. Seating at the Annex is general admission.

 

Program:

Bach: 6 Cello Suites BMV 1007-1012

Sponsored by: The Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation

Supported by:

city-of-vancouver-new

 

 

Winterlude: Super Sunday with Alexander Melnikov

With his enormously diverse range of repertoire, Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov is in demand both as a soloist and chamber musician. At the VRS, we have enjoyed hearing him in both formats. These two Sunday performances offer the pleasure of hearing him on his own – in the afternoon – and in collaboration with Jean-Guihen Queyras in the evening.

Program:

Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22
Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Debussy: Preludes for Piano, Book 2, L12

Sponsored by: The Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation

Supported by:
city-of-vancouver-new

 

Winterlude: Super Sunday with Jean-Guihen Queyras

With his enormously diverse range of repertoire, Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov is in demand both as a soloist and chamber musician. At the VRS, we have enjoyed hearing him in both formats. These two Sunday performances offer the pleasure of hearing him on his own – in the afternoon – and in collaboration with Jean-Guihen Queyras in the evening.

“The brilliant verve of Jean-Guihen Queyras in the Debussy cello sonata marked him instantly as a performer we want to hear again and again” – The Financial Times

“Melnikov’s playing has wonderful colour and imagination” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Program:

Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston for Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 102
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
Webern: 3 Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11 (1914)
Chopin: Cello Sonata, Op. 65

Sponsored by: The Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation

Supported by:

city-of-vancouver-new

 

 

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