FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 18, 2015
Globally-Acclaimed Stars Perform for First Time Together
on Langley’s Café Classico Concert Stage
Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is pleased present world-renowned performers — and LCMS-faculty newcomers — Nikita Pogrebnoy, viola, and Henri-Paul Sicsic, piano, at the upcoming Concerts Café Classic concert at 2:30 pm on Sunday afternoon, October 4, 2015 in Rose Gellert Hall. The viola and piano duo will perform the sonorous Brahms Sonata in F minor, as well works by Tchaikovsky, Michael Conway Baker and Joachim Ngou-Kang. The program will also include the wonderful Schumann Novelette Op. 21 No. 8 for solo piano.
The event starts at 2:30 pm with a pre-concert conversation with the Pogrebnoy-Sicsic duo, hosted by LCMS artistic director Elizabeth Bergmann, highlighting anecdotal stories and insights about the music and the careers of the performers. There will be a short break with coffee and refreshments, before the performance from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Pogrebnoy and Sicsic are looking forward to this performance. Pogrebnoy says, “Piano is one of the most important combinations with a stringed instrument. There is so much to explore and to inspire musically with each different personality. It is something I am looking much forward to. I am very excited.”
World-renowned pianist Henri-Paul Sicsic, a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, has thrilled audiences across North America and Europe with his intense, passionate and imaginative performances. Sicsic has performed with symphony orchestras and other musical festivals throughout Canada, the United States, France, Spain, Russia, Finland, and Israel. As a soloist, he received first prize at the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice Competition and top prize at the Royaume de la Musique National Radio Competition in France. While on faculty at the UBC School of Music, he was awarded the Killam Teaching Prize, one of the highest academic honours awarded in Canada. Sicsic has also produced several CD recordings, which have achieved notable acclaim. He has also been aired in New York City on WQXR radio, on the National French program “France Musique,” on CBC in Canada, and in other major centers in the USA. Sicsic joined the LCMS faculty in 2015 and continues to perform world-wide. www.henripaulsicsic.com.
Russian-Born violist and violinist Nikita Pogrebnoy has performed across Europe, Mexico, Central and North America, and the USSR, including soloist performances with the St. Petesburg Chamber Orchestra. He has performed for many dignitaries including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and the Prime Minister of Canada on Parliament Hill for an audience of over 75,000 people. He has earned many notable international awards — including the Valentino Bucchi International Competition in Rome, Italy — and has been broadcast on national television and radio. Having taught at many notable universities across the continent, Pogrebnoy joined the LCMS faculty in 2015 and continues to perform world-wide as a soloist and chamber musician, including as a member of the Borealis String Quartet.
“We are extremely proud to have such distinguished faculty members at Langley Community Music School,” says LCMS Principal Susan Magnusson. “They are not only stunning performers but also inspiring teachers.”
Tickets for this Concerts Café Classico event are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. For those that want to attend several concerts during the season, a Concerts Café Classico flex pass is also available for any four concerts in the series for $65 adults and $54 seniors. Call the box office at 604-534-2848. The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 Street, Langley, BC.
ABOUT LANGLEY COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is a non-profit organization and registered charity that is committed to providing the highest quality of musical education to students of all ages and levels, from early learning to pre-professional and adult programs. With the support of the community, LCMS has become one of the largest non-profit music schools in the province, earning both national and international acclaim for their comprehensive and innovative programs. Learn more about LCMS programs, scholarships and bursaries.
The Langley Community Music School hosts multiple musical concerts from October to May, including the Rose Gellert Hall Series, a Saturday evening concert featuring renowned Canadian and international musicians, as well as the Concerts Café Classico Series, a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring stellar local and touring musicians playing classical, jazz or contemporary works.
Visit langleymusic.com or call 604-534-2848.
Langley Community Music School