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Art Beat: Accomplished cellist-pianist duo to visit during world tour

Also, it's the first Coffee House of the Season in Pender Harbour and Robbie Burns Night is fast approaching
Cellist Zlatomir Fung and pianist Benjamin Hochman are featured at the Raven’s Cry Theatre on Jan. 14.

The Coast Recital Society’s 2022-2023 season continues this weekend with a performance by cellist Zlatomir Fung and pianist Benjamin Hochman on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the Raven’s Cry Theatre.  

Carolyn Mitchell, president of the Coast Recital Society, will host a pre-concert chat with the artists at 1:30 p.m.  

The duo’s Sechelt recital marks the first performance of a tour that includes the Vancouver Recital Society, San Diego, Chicago, and concludes at Wigmore Hall in London, U.K. The programme will include music by Russian composers Leo Ornstein, Nikolay Sokalov and Alexander Glazunov, a composition by composer Judith Wier (who currently holds the position of Master of the King’s Music in the U.K.), and Beethoven’s hugely-popular Cello Sonata in A Major, Opus 69.  

In 2019, Fung became the first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division. Now 23 years old, Fung has rapidly become a star among the next generation of world-class musicians. 

Hochman is a pianist who regularly appears in multiple guises as orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and conductor. Like Fung, he is a winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and regularly performs at venues around the world. 

Tickets for the concert are $30 (students $10) and can be purchased by emailing More information is available online at

Coffee, Celts warm Pender Harbour 

On Friday, Jan. 13, the Pender Harbour Music Society presents its first Coffee House of the new year. Because of a kitchen closure at the School of Music, patrons are urged to bring their own coffee. 

With the show due to start at 7:30 p.m., artists Joe Stanton, Garth Bowen and Jon Ochsendorf are scheduled to perform. Masks are recommended and a $10 donation is recommended for admission. 

Two weeks later, the society will gear up for another high-energy concert at its School of Music. On Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m., the multiinstrumentalists of Clanna Morna will present skilful arrangements of Celtic traditional folk music. The youthful ensemble promises a finger-snapping, toe-tapping afternoon. 

Clanna Morna (composed of Cody Baresich, Finn Letourneau, and Mark Leigh) specializes in a sound rooted in traditional Irish, Scottish and English music that features carefully crafted arrangements, rhythmic spirited energy and captivating storytelling. 

Tickets ($30) and more information can be found at

Fluff your sporran, Burns Night is coming 

With Robbie Burns Day (Jan. 25) fast approaching, Legion branches in Gibsons and Sechelt are polishing their haggis dishes as they prepare to celebrate the vaunted Scottish poet with food and entertainment. 

Tickets for the Gibsons event (Jan. 20) are on sale now at the Gibsons Royal Canadian Legion, Sunshine Coast Slipper Factory, and Wakefield Jewellers Ltd. The Sechelt Legion’s Robbie Burns Supper is scheduled for Jan. 22; tickets can be purchased at the Legion’s bar. 

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