Vancouver Recital Society

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 — 1:49pm PST
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I recently had a conversation with some fellow 30-something Vancouverites about how our generation doesn’t really listen to classical music, nor are we ever really exposed to it (except for maybe piano lessons as a kid), nor do we really “get” it. We are so disconnected from the genre. It’s for our parents’, or our grandparents’, generation, we think.

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Well, I’ve decided it’s time to get educated and excited about classical music and what better way to start watching and listening to another 30-something play some on the piano next week.

On April 19th, the Vancouver Recital Society presents Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein at the Chan Centre. Gerstein is a rising star in the piano world. In 2010, Gerstein was the recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award—an award given to an international pianist of any age and nationality who possesses profound musicianship and charisma and who can sustain a career as a major international concert pianist.

The concert is presented by the Vancouver Recital Society, whose aim is to foster and secure the future of classical chamber music and recitals by bringing some of the world’s finest musicians from around the world to Vancouver and engaging audiences with them.

The Program:

  • Bach: English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV811
  • Mozart: arr. Busoni Gigue, Bolero and Variation
  • Knussen: Ophelia’s Last Dance
    (Commissioned for Kirill Gerstein by The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival)
  • Weber: Invitation to Dance
  • Schumann: Carnaval
  • Schubert: arr. Liszt Soirees de Vienne

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A guest post by Michelle Kim

Guest contributor Michelle Kim is a local actor, producer, director, and writer. Her book, "Running Through Sprinklers" is available spring 2018 via Simon & Schuster. Michelle contributes write-ups about theatre, film, and the arts.

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