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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Chopin and Mozart GALA Evening, A benefit event for the McGill Chamber Orchestra

Montreal, April 22, 2013 - Chopin and Mozart featured on the same menu! Something to satisfy music lovers of all types! This benefit event for the McGill Chamber Orchestra, presented in association with the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Montreal, will take place on May 6th, 2013, at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. Barely 18, young piano prodigy Jan Lisiecki will be the guest of honour during the spring concert that will close McGill Chamber Orchestra's 73rd season.

During the first half of the concert, Jan Lisiecki will combine technique with interpretation, by presenting Chopin's Études Op.10, with all the youthful energy, brilliance and virtuosity he is known for. A feat this pianist can easily pull off! In addition, Lisiecki will also perform an inspiring piece by Canadian composer Stewart Grant, "Spring Came Dancing". It is a free musical variation based on the poem "My Love Told Me to Love Thee Alone" by Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of our time. Following the intermission, the spotlight will be on another musical child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! Accompanied by the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the young pianist will perform Mozart's first "unequivocal" masterpiece, the Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271, also known as the "Jeunehomme" Concerto (which was actually written for a young lady).

About Jan Lisiecki

Critically acclaimed by BBC Music Magazine for his "mature musicality" and his "sensitively distilled" interpretations, Jan Lisiecki has, at only 18, quite an impressive track record. Since making his orchestral debut at age 9, he has performed with some of the most famous ensembles: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Minnesota Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia, just to name a few. He has graced the stages of some of the most prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall, Kaufman Hall and  Salle Cortot. He has shared the stage with the likes of internationally renowned musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, James Ehnes and Emanuel Ax. He has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Korea, China, Japan, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Italy, Guatemala and Poland. In 2009, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition, becoming the youngest in history to do so. The McGill Chamber Orchestra is pleased to welcome him for the third time (2008-2010-2013) and to applaud his extraordinary talent during its annual Gala.

About McGill Chamber Orchestra

Founded in 1939, the McGill Chamber Orchestra is one of Canada's most acclaimed chamber orchestras. Under the artistic direction of dynamic conductor Boris Brott since 2000, the Orchestra has, in a few short years, reinvented itself and has become a resounding ensemble composed of some of Montreal's most promising musicians.
Tickets are on sale at the PDA

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