Exceptional musicians set to perform

Staff writer
January 18, 2013 01:00 AM

The Coast Recital Society begins is second half of the season this Sunday afternoon, Jan. 20 with a concert by two exceptional and versatile musicians, violinist Mark Fewer, and pianist John Novacek, at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt.

The Coast Recital Society begins is second half of the season this Sunday afternoon, Jan. 20, with a concert by two exceptional and versatile musicians, violinist Mark Fewer and pianist John Novacek, at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt. The concert begins at 2:30, with a pre-concert chat at 1:30 p.m.

Described as genre-bending by the National Post, Fewer has performed around the world to critical acclaim. His repertoire ranges from the early baroque to the avant-garde, with recent performances as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Amsterdam Zapp Quartet and Montreal's McGill Percussion Ensemble.

Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony from 2004 to 2008, Fewer is now on the faculty of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. As a chamber musician, Fewer is a regular member of the Duke Piano Trio and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. He has also recently performed in chamber setting with artists such as Leon Fleisher, Edgar Meyer, Gilbert Kalish, James Campbell, Matt Haimovitz and Elizabeth Wallfisch. In 2011 he performed as part of the St. Lawrence String Quartet in an international tour of some 30 concerts.

New York-based pianist and Grammy Award nominee, Novacek is a much sought-after collaborative artist. He has performed with Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma and has also given numerous world premieres, working closely with composers John Adams, John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon, George Rochberg, John Williams and John Zorn. Novacek has recorded more than 30 CDs, encompassing solo and chamber music by most major composers from Bach to Bartók, as well as many contemporary and original scores.

Fewer and Novacek have recorded the violin and piano sonatas of George Antheil for the AZICA label. The duo mesmerize their audiences with their incisive musicality and brilliant playing and will perform music by Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel, George Antheil and John Novacek in this CRS concert.

For ticket information call 604-740-2051.


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