Concert and cake make for a lovely afternoon!


Leila Getz and Roman Rabinovich with violinist Augustin Hadelich.
Last Sunday, Roman Rabinovich delivered a stunning recital that kicked off 2016 in a tremendous fashion! He opened with Haydn's Sonata in B-flat Major, and continued with Schumann's Kreisleriana.

After intermission, he gave a humorous introduction to Anton von Webern's Variations Op. 27, telling the audience that he had great respect for the composer, whose work reminded him of the paintings of Piet Mondrian. He also assured the audience that if they were not fans of twelve-tone compositions, that the piece was only seven minutes long, which elicited laughter from the audience. After that he performed Beethoven's Sonata in A Major Op. 101, and ended his set with a rousing performance of Smetana's Czech Dances. The encore was a short Allemande by Couperin.

Before the concert, VRS staff surprised artistic director Leila Getz on stage to announce that we would be celebrating her birthday with cake in the lobby, after the post-show chat. The delicious lemon cake was prepared by Tracy of The Cake Conspiracy. Roman stuck around after the concert to chat with attendees, and sign copies of his CD, "Ballet Russes".

During the Q&A, Roman discussed his love of drawing and painting, which equal his love of music, and demonstrated his iPad and wireless pedal that he used to work his way through the complex Webern piece.

Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to send us their comments after Roman's recital! We love hearing your feedback. Here are some of the comments we received about his performance:

"From the first note to the last note this performance was one of the finest piano performances that I have heard."

"Thank you for another wonderful music experience.  RR is an amazing pianist. And Happy Birthday to the amazing Leila."

"Not only brilliant playing by a young man with great stage presence, who's also blessed with a sense of fun, incorporating "happy birthday" to Leila so sinuously into Smetana!"

"Thank you for bringing to us these world class artists!  What a treat it was to listen to this young man's playing of a varied and interesting program.  I even enjoyed the Webern!  His sensitivity, drama and command of his instrument along with his appealing nature were a real joy.  Thank you again and keep up the great work!"

"I was most impressed with this young man.  Fancy playing all the music with no copy. Well done!!"

"What a magical afternoon from an inspirational pianist.  So young, yet so incredibly talented. A thoughtful program, ending with a breathtaking interpretation of Smetana's music. Thank you again Leila and happy birthday."

Igor Levit experiments with his recital format

Igor Levit performs the Goldberg Variations at The Park Avenue Armory in New York.
Igor Levit has received excellent reviews for his recent collaboration with renowned performance artist Marina Abramović. Audience members entering Drill Hall at the Park Avenue Armory last December were told to place all their possessions in a locker, take a seat, and meditate in silence for more than half an hour while wearing noise-cancelling headphones. Meanwhile, Igor was seated silently on a raised platform, which rotated slowly. The intention behind this set-up was to remove as many distractions as possible, and to allow people to be totally present (they didn't even hand out the concert programs until after the performance)!

After a time, the audience removed their headphones and Igor played Bach's Goldberg Variations. Alex Ross of The New Yorker said, "He is among the finest young pianists before the public, one in whom impeccable technique is allied with inborn musicality ... in his enigmatic brilliance, he is Bachian to the core."

Igor is a great admirer of the Goldberg Variations. He said, "To play this work, to love it and to listen to it is an experience second to none. Every aspect of human nature can be relived. At the end words cannot describe it. We shouldn't discuss this work. We should and indeed can experience it. What a pleasure!"

Igor Levit will be performing a program of Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, and Prokofiev at the Vancouver Playhouse on February 14, at 3:00pm.

You can buy tickets to this performance online, or call our box office at 604-602-0363.

Read the New Yorker article about Igor Levit here.
Igor Levit - Bach - Goldberg Variations: Aria
Igor Levit plays the Aria from the Goldberg Variations.

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2015-16 Season
upcoming concerts

Sir András Schiff, piano
Sunday, February 7 & Tuesday, February 9
Vancouver Playhouse
Igor Levit, piano
Sunday, February 14
Vancouver Playhouse
Tetzlaff Trio
Sunday, February 21
Chan Centre
Richard Goode, piano  
Sunday, February 28   
Vancouver Playhouse
Sitkovetsky Trio
Sunday, March 20
Vancouver Playhouse
Mark Padmore, tenor
& Paul Lewis, piano

Sunday, April 10
Chan Centre
April 12 - April 15
Vancouver Playhouse
Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone
Wednesday, May 4
Orpheum Theatre

Ian Bostridge, tenor
& Wenwen Du, piano

Wednesday, May 18
Vancouver Playhouse
4 Musicians, 1 Cello
The Wiener Cello Ensemble produced this fun video -- a performance of Maurice Ravel's Bolero with a twist! Four musicians, but only one cello. With careful use of every part of the cello, and plenty of dexterity, they manage to pull it off in style!
When you're short on instruments, you have to make due.
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