O’ROURKE’S PEAK CELLARS MASTERWORKS IV

OLD FRIENDS

IAN PARKER | PIANO

 

OLD FRIENDS

GUEST ARTISTS

IAN PARKER | PIANO

Kelowna: Friday, March 6; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, March 7; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, March 8; 7:00pm

 

PROGRAM

Joseph Haydn  Symphony No. 103 in E flat major “Drum roll”
Johannes Brahms  Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a
Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

 

Haydn’s symphonies are full of wit and charm. It’s no wonder Brahms chose a theme by Haydn on which to base this set of variations. Brahms’ first concerto is recognized as a masterpiece on a grand scale.  Audience favourite and OSO friend, pianist Ian Parker, will wow our listeners with his brilliant interpretation.


INSIDER FACTS

FULL-TIME MUSICIAN

Joseph Haydn was one of the few composers of his era that made a very successful living at his craft. He started by playing violin in the street.

 

 

 

CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP

In 1890 at the age of 57, Brahms decided to give up composing. However, he was unable to maintain his resolve because he ended up composing his Clarinet Trio Op. 114, Clarinet Quintet Op.115, two clarinet sonatas, several song cycles for piano and the Eleven Chorale Preludes for Organ Op.122.

 

 

FAMILY BUSINESS

Ian Parker is the youngest Parker in the Parker Piano Dynasty. His late father Edward taught literally thousands of students over decades in Vancouver. His cousins, Jon Kimura (Jackie) Parker and Jamie Parker have both performed on our stages. All three of these Canadian pianists enjoy international careers.

I ADORE SHARING THE STAGE WITH IAN PARKER. There is a reason he is an audience favourite. It’s because he shares so much of himself through his musical performances. Plus, he is so darn fun we laugh ourselves silly during rehearsals. Audiences just can’t help falling in love with him, especially when he’s playing the music of Brahms.

Rosemary Thomson

A technically ASSURED AND ENTHUSIASTIC Canadian pianist.

Washington Post