MEDIA RELEASE – Warmth and Music on a Winter Evening: “Two Canadians in Paris” at the Mary Irwin Theatre
Kelowna, BC – Two acclaimed Canadian musicians will engage Kelowna students and concert-goers this Saturday. The violin and piano duo of Jonathan Crow and Philip Chiu will present an evening concert titled “Two Canadians in Paris,” with music from French composers including Massenet, Fauré, and Debussy. The concert begins at 7:30 pm in the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Earlier in the day, interested music lovers can observe the warm personalities and outstanding talent of these two artists as they offer concurrent Master Classes in piano and violin at the Kelowna Community Music School, 728 Dehart Avenue. The class sessions begin at 10 am on Saturday Dec. 3, and are free and open to the public.
“Jonathan and Philip are wonderful guests for a winter weekend,” said Diane Bond, President of the CMK Society. “On Saturday morning, they will share their insight and passion with Kelowna music students, and later will present an evening of enchanting music to engage us all. And, at this season of giving, we hope our concert audience will also share in the spirit as we ask them for contributions or cash donations for Valley First’s Feed the Valley food bank initiative.” Hot cider and cookies will be on offer prior to the concert, to bring extra warmth to a winter evening. The concert is sponsored by Canada West Realty Ltd.
This visit is a homecoming of sorts for violinist Jonathan Crow, who is originally from Prince George. He is currently Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of the JUNO Award-winning New Orford String Quartet, and Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Toronto, among many other achievements and accolades. Between 2002 and 2006, as Concertmaster with l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, he was the youngest concertmaster of any major North American orchestra. He has performed and recorded widely across Canada and abroad.
Philip Chiu has been described as “…a pianist-painter who transforms each musical idea into a beautiful array of colours.” (La Presse). Philip concertizes extensively as a soloist; as a chamber musician, he has partnered with renowned artists such as James Ehnes and Emmanuel Pahud. His upcoming series of solo albums (ATMA) presents the music of Ravel and Debussy alongside original commissions from distinguished composers such as Barbara Assigninaak, Anishnaabekwe composer and recipient of the Order of Canada.
CMK is especially grateful to Jonathan and Philip for stepping in to replace the Rolston String Quarter, which was originally scheduled for this date but recently disbanded.
Tickets for the December 3 performance at 7:30pm are available online through the RCA website at www.rotarycentreforthearts.com, at the RCA Box Office, or by calling 250.717.5304. Ticket pricing is $55 (adult) and $20(youth/student). For more information about Chamber Music Kelowna, please visit chambermusickelowna.ca.