An afternoon for nostalgia

Staff writer
March 7, 2014 01:00 AM

Patricia Hammond joins with Robert Silverman and Ellen Silverman for the Coast Recital Society's A Spring Musicale — a nostalgic afternoon of parlour song and piano from the Victorian and Edwardian era, this Sunday, March 9, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Hilda's Church in Sechelt.

Looking forward to the first blooming of spring, the Coast Recital Society presents A Spring Musicale a nostalgic afternoon of parlour song and piano from the Victorian and Edwardian era, this Sunday, March 9, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Hilda's Church in Sechelt.

The concert features three superb musicians well-known to Sunshine Coast music lovers: mezzo-soprano/chanteuse Patricia Hammond and pianists Robert Silverman and Ellen Silverman. And, of course, true to the parlour music tradition, the concert will be followed by tea, coffee and cakes.

Hammond is a mezzo-soprano with wide-ranging gifts, as comfortable in Mozart and Handel as in her beloved nostalgic songs, whether singing with the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra or leading choruses in long-term care homes.

Hammond grew up on the Sunshine Coast and now lives in London. She has appeared as an oratorio soloist in Europe and North America and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Liverpool's School of the Arts.

Ellen Silverman has concertized throughout North America and has performed often in Vancouver as soloist and chamber musician and recorded for CBC. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she has appeared frequently with her husband, Robert, performing the four hand and two piano literature throughout B.C. and the Far East.

In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has performed in concert halls throughout the world, with such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, Gerard Schwarz, Neeme Järvi and Sergiu Comissiona and has appeared with orchestras on three continents and with every major orchestra in Canada. A member of the Order of Canada, his discography includes more than 30 CDs and his recording of all 32 Beethoven sonatas was short-listed for a Juno Award.

Tickets are $20, students $10, at Laedeli in Gibsons, the Sechelt Volunteer Centre, by phone at 604-885-0991 and by email: crstickets@eastlink.ca.

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