Piano duo key into Musical Mornings in Coquitlam

A classical music series that has brought international acts to Coquitlam will be led this season by an acclaimed piano duo.

A classical music series that has brought international acts to Coquitlam will be led this season by an acclaimed piano duo.

Pianist Sarah Hagen is taking a break from her Musical Morning series, which makes a stop at the Evergreen Cultural Centre on its tour.

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Instead, the fifth round will be led by Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann, who have been featured artists of Hagen’s in the past.

The married couple, which has won the Dranoff International Two Piano and Provincia di Caltanisetta International Chamber Music competitions, will kick off the series next week at Evergreen with guest violinist Mark Ferris.

The Vancouver Opera Orchestra concertmaster and member of the Yaletown String Quartet, Ferris will play songs with the Bergmanns ranging from Beethoven to the Beatles, on Oct. 5.

Calgary cellist Beth Root Sandvoss is up next on the bill, with a concert called Blue Autumn on Nov. 16. The recital is named after a composition by Marcel Bergmann, who was commissioned by Sandvoss to pen the piece in 2006.

In the new year, the Bergmanns will team up with Rod Thomas Squance, a percussionist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble and Project Copernicus — a Miami-based ensemble. 

Their show, From Bach to Brubeck, is on Feb. 8, 2017.

And Hagen returns to the Evergreen stage for a recital with the Bergmanns, called Three’s a Crowd… not! on March 29.

The series ends on April 19 with L’historie du Tango, a concert featuring Paolo Bortolussi of UBC Music. Currently principal flutist with the Vancouver Island Symphony, Bortolussi is also on the music faculties of Kwantlen Polytechnic and Trinity Western universities, and is part of the Nu:BC Collective.

Musical Mornings begin with a reception at 10 a.m. that includes treats from Cobs Bread and Paradise Coffee; the 75-minute concert follows at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $22 or $15, or $85 for all five shows. Call 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

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