Alchemy of new music pianist Egoyan illuminates composers

Acclaimed Victoria-born pianist Eve Egoyan performs at ArtSpring Saturday. - Photo by Erin Riley
Acclaimed Victoria-born pianist Eve Egoyan performs at ArtSpring Saturday.
— image credit: Photo by Erin Riley

Distinguished Canadian pianist Eve Egoyan visits Salt Spring on Saturday, Jan. 28 for an important concert at ArtSpring.

What makes the concert important, according to executive director George Sipos, is that Egoyan is the most significant contemporary Canadian pianist to devote her artistic life to so- called “new music.”

“All music, of course, was new at one time, including the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and the rest of what we now call ‘classical’ composers,” said Sipos. “In our time, however, we tend to reserve the term ‘new music’ for work by living composers who often explore innovative and sometimes unfamiliar musical languages.”

The first half of Egoyan’s concert will feature the music of Erik Satie, who wrote almost a hundred years ago.

“We now find his music very familiar and comfortable, though at the beginning of the 20th century audiences found his Dadaist minimalism quite different from the thunderings of the late Romantic music of the day.”

The second half of the program features work by Ann Southam, a major Canadian composer who died in 2010 after a long and brilliant career. Here is how Salt Spring’s own Elissa Poole, a frequent music reviewer for the Globe and Mail, describes Southam’s music: “So different from the joyful minimalism of her earlier music, the late Ann Southam’s final works for piano, written for Eve Egoyan, are spare and haunting.”

The fact that Southam composed new work specifically for Egoyan speaks to her extraordinary credentials as a pianist.

International Piano Magazine describes her this way: “Eve Egoyan’s pianism has strengths in abundance, fully justifying Michael Finnissy’s testimony that ‘she illuminates the music she plays; an alchemy, authenticity and fearlessness.’”

Sipos feels this all adds up to a significant concert experience for our community, an event that connects us to currents in the real live actual music of our time performed by one of its key Canadian interpreters. That, plus a most enjoyable evening.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are available at $28 for adults and $5 for youth from the ArtSpring Ticket Centre (250-537-2102) or online at www.tickets.artspring.ca.




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