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Friday, September 14, 2018
Famed American Stories, from Bernstein to Copland, Celebrated at Rose Gellert Concert Season Opener
The Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is proud to present American Stories, a programme by the renowned Bergmann Piano Duo, at the season’s first Rose Gellert Hall series concert at 7:30 pm on Saturday evening, September 29, 2018.
With 2018 marking the centenary of legendary American composer, Leonard Bernstein, the Bergmann Piano Duo will be celebrating with a concert that features his most well-known work, West Side Story. Bernstein’s close friend, Aaron Copland and his evocative El Salon Mexico will also be featured. The evening will also include specially-arranged works from the Bergmann’s latest CD, American Stories, by Chick Corea, Astor Piazzolla, Pat Metheny and Egberto Gismonti.
“Undoubtedly, Bernstein was one of the most influential and versatile musicians of the 20th Century, as conductor, classical and jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator,” says LCMS artistic director and Bergmann Duo pianist, Elizabeth Bergmann. “All of the works we are performing are arranged for two pianos exclusively by Marcel. We look forward to sharing this special programme with the Langley audience.”
The Bergmann Piano Duo, with pianists Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann, are described as artists who present “razzle dazzle” and “electrifyingly rendered” recitals, according to The Vancouver Sun. The Bergmann Duo have touched and inspired audiences with their uniquely eclectic programs for more than two decades. As international prize-winners, including the Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and Provincia di Caltanisetta International Chamber Music Competition, they have performed in recital and with orchestras across North America and Europe, including recent appearances in Munich and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann are Directors at the Langley Community Music School. Learn more at bergmannduo.com.
“The electrifying and inspirational Bergmann Piano Duo will certainly delight audiences with their programme, American Stories,” says LCMS principal, Carolyn Granholm. “2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Langley Community Music School. To celebrate, we have dedicated the 2018-19 season to a lineup of highly acclaimed performers who all have a strong connection to the school. We invite the community to celebrate with us.”
Langley Community Music School is grateful for this year’s sponsor of the Rose Gellert Concert Series: HSBC. LCMS also wishes to express appreciation for the support of the BC Arts Council and the Province of BC.
In addition to the September 29 Bergmann Piano concert, the 2018-19 Rose Gellert Hall concert series includes: the Borealis String Quartet on November 17, 2018; Jon Kimura Parker (piano) and Aloysia Friedmann (violin) on January 26, 2019; and Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes (pianos) on April 13, 2019.
Tickets for the Bergmann Piano concert are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors, $18 for students, and $10 for LCMS students. Save up to 20% with a Rose Gellert Hall series subscription. Call the box office at 604-534-2848 or visit langleymusic.com to purchase tickets. 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, 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.