Beethoven was a genius. His music kicked open the door of the romantic era imbuing the orchestral sound with more power then it had ever had before. We show off his many moods from the drama of the Coriolan Overture to the exuberance and great beauty of the Symphony No. 7. Okanagan favourite Ian Parker returns for the “Emperor” Concerto where the OSO will race him to the end!
GUEST ARTIST/ Ian Parker ∼ Sponsored by Ginette Williams
“The Canadian’s hands literally jumped with percussiveness one moment, moved blurry fast the next, and, as a further contrast, gracefully and sensuously stroked the Steinway’s keyboard throughout the lyrical sequences”
Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.” Ian Parker is also an active recording artist. In the fall of 2010, a CD of concerti (Ravel Concerto in G, Stravinsky Capriccio, and Gershwin Concerto in F), recorded with the London Symphony under Michael Francis, was released by ATMA Classique. An all-fantasy solo CD on Azica Records, including the fantasies of Chopin, Schumann, and Beethoven (Op. 27, Nos. 1 and 2 “Quasi una Fantasia”), was released in the summer of 2010.
Magnetic, easy-going and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. He has appeared with the philharmonic orchestras of Buffalo, Calgary and Louisiana, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom and the symphonies of Cincinnati, Edmonton, Honolulu, Kitchener-Waterloo, Long Beach, National/Washington, D.C., Quebec, Regina, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Virginia and Winnipeg, among others.