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James Campbell and Marcel Bergmann in Concert

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Juno Award Winning Clarinetist joins LCMS Pianist at Upcoming Rose Gellert Concert

The Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is proud to welcome one of Canada’s most respected artists: Order of Canada recipient and clarinetist, James Campbell. An internationally acclaimed performer, Campbell will be joined by renowned pianist, Marcel Bergmann, at an upcoming Rose Gellert Concert at 7:30 pm on Friday evening, April 28, 2017.

As the final Rose Gellert concert of the season, James Campbell (clarinet) and Marcel Bergmann (piano) will be presenting a varied and eclectic program of classical and jazz works, ranging from the hauntingly beautiful late clarinet sonata by Saint-Saens to Jazz and Latin idioms, such as Images Entre Nous by the iconic Canadian jazz musician Phil Nimmons and David Baker’s Dance, a movement from his clarinet sonata. Willis Delony’s rendition of Nuages by the great guitarist Django Reinhardt combines Reinhardt’s tune with the opening of Debussy’s impressionistic piece bearing the same title. Also on the program are Bernstein’s quirky clarinet sonata, Aaron Copland’s adaptation of the hymn At the River, as well as Dave Brubeck’s lively Blue Rondo a la Turk.

Heralded by the Toronto Star, as “Canada’s pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist,”
James Campbell has performed solo and chamber music concerts in 30 countries in many of the world’s great concert halls, from Paris to Tokyo. Renowned world-wide, Campbell has earned multiple awards, including a Juno Award (Stolen Jems), a Roy Thomson Hall Award, Canada’s Artist of the Year, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Canada — one of Canada’s highest honours. Campbell has over 40 recordings and more than 30 commissioned works. Since 1984, James Campbell has been Artistic Director of Canada’s Festival of the Sound, programming over 1300 concerts around the world, and gaining notoriety as the subject of documentaries by BBC Television, CBC Television and TV Ontario. Campbell has also been featured on cover stories in multiple international publications and is even featured in the book Clarinet Virtuosi of Today. In addition to his world-wide performances, Campbell continues to work as the Professor of Music at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. Learn more at gamisimonds.com/james-campbell.

To complement Campbell’s clarinet, Langley Community Music School faculty member and internationally-acclaimed performer, composer, and improviser, Marcel Bergmann, will join him on piano. Laureate of several international competitions (as part of the well-known Bergmann Piano Duo), Marcel has recorded for the CBC, ARD (Germany), NPR (USA), and multiple well-known labels. Marcel has written numerous works for two pianos, film, theater and cabaret productions, as well as choral and chamber music. He has been commissioned by various organizations including the CBC and has won multiple awards for “Outstanding Classical Recording.” Marcel is also internationally active as a clinician, juror, and lecturer and has been involved as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. He is currently an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre as well as Associate Artistic Director of White Rock Concerts and Director of Program Advancement at the Langley Community Music School. Learn more at marcelbergmann.com.

“The repertoire features many different styles and moods — from the lyrical and introverted to swing and driven Latin rhythms,” says LCMS artistic director, Elizabeth Bergmann. “Campbell’s personal connection with some of the composers and their works promise to make this an enjoyable and inspired concert. And Marcel’s talent for blending the best of jazz and classical will make for an evening that is sure to be terrific fun.”

Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $16 for students, and $10 for LCMS students. Call the box office at 604-534-2848 or visit langleymusic.com purchase tickets. The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 Street, Langley, BC.

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, an evening concert series featuring renowned Canadian and international musicians, as well as the Concerts Café Classico Series, an afternoon concert series featuring stellar local and touring musicians playing classical, jazz or contemporary works.