Bergmann Duo + Sarah Hagen
Monday April 8, 2019 7:30 pm
Bergmann Duo with Sarah Hagen – known for their extraordinary keyboard skills, inspired and virtuosic performances, impeccable musicianship, and uniquely original voice, the Bergmann Duo combines forces with Sarah Hagen for an exceptional 1 piano, 6 hands acrobatic musical spectacle on the NOCCA Steinway piano!
A trio of long-time friends, Sarah Hagen of Morning Melodies and the Bergmann Duo of Elizabeth and Marcel, decided a few years ago to have a different kind of fun and see how one piano could manage their collective talents. With musical careers, teaching and domiciles not always coinciding, practice times as a trio were a challenge and performances were even rarer.
NOCCA presented the Bergmann Duo in April of 2015, and the audience was delighted and amazed with their unique combination of warmth, humour and virtuosity. They have performed and received accolades from around the globe and we will hear again how the musical world is their oyster. Not only have they won numerous international competitions, but they have continued to promote the musical talent of other artists through their teaching posts both past and present. The Duo serve as Directors of the Langley Community Music School and are Associate Music Directors of White Rock Concerts.
Sarah Hagen is one extremely talented young lady who many of us know from her “Morning Melodies” presentations in the Marie Fleming Hall at the Performing Arts Centre. She also performed with her friend, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, on NOCCA’s stage in February of 2017. In January 2018, she hosted NOCCA’s youth concert NOYSE and presented her solo production of “Perk Up, Pianist”. Sarah’s quest for inspiration has taken her around the world, and will continue to do so as her inspiration is “everything”. Her sensitive interpretations of the classics to experimentation in musical theatre are indicative of her multiple talents.
One interesting side note to the Bergmann Duo and Sarah playing here in Vernon is that they were all “instrumental” in the selection of NOCCA’s Steinway. Sarah played the piano in the workshop in White Rock before restoration began in order to give NOCCA a performer’s opinion as to its pedigree. Elizabeth and Marcel played the piano in White Rock after the restoration was complete to confirm that the instrument was up to standard, and as we who have heard it well know, the work was done to perfection.
With backgrounds as varied and as richly talented, trying to describe the upcoming concert comes to two words: “Fabulously eclectic”. To quote Marcel and Elizabeth, be prepared for “a full evening of brain work” and “an experience in the negotiation of keyboard gymnastics”. The program features composers such as Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Grainger as well as avant-gardist Mauricio Kagel and, to keep things current, Marcel Bergmann. bergmannduo.com and sarahhagen.com
The concert will be opened by the quintet Appassionato. Ranging in ages 13-20, Appassionato is a new, vibrant, and energetic group rising up in the Okanagan. They began their quintet in October and have been rehearsing and sharing music everywhere they go, whether that be in a concert or a masterclass. The group’s desire is to share their love for classical music and have a lot of fun doing it! The members are Henry Baker (15) piano, Emily Kunyk (15) violin, Emily Baker (20) violin, Anton Baker (18) viola and Adam Kunyk (13) cello.
Click on the image/link below to view short videos of the artists performing:
Sarah Hagen – piano
Bergmann Duo – piano duet
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