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Magnetic Ian Parker will charge up the Quadra Community Centre Jan. 26

Pianist Ian Parker will perform Jan. 26 at the Quadra Community Centre. - Photo submitted
Pianist Ian Parker will perform Jan. 26 at the Quadra Community Centre.
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Quadra Cultural Committee will present Canadian pianist Ian Parker in recital on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2:30 p.m.

Possessing a magnetic personality which captivates audiences wherever he goes, this younger member of the Vancouver Parker piano dynasty is returning a second time to the Quadra Community Centre stage.

Beginning his piano studies at age three with his father Edward Parker, Ian “graduated” to a Masters of Music from Juilliard. An enthusiastic solo and ensemble player, he has performed across Canada, the US and throughout Western Europe and Israel, debuting at Lincoln Centre in 2004, appearing with all of the major symphony orchestras from Victoria, B.C. to Washington, DC.

Parker was the First Prize winner at the 2001 CBC National Radio Competition. He also won the Grand Prize at the Canadian National Music Festival, the Corpus Christie International Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. The Canada Council of the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant.

Parker’s Jan. 26 program will include Beethoven Sonatas Opus 27 No 1 and 2; Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit; Gershwin’s solo Rhapsody in Blue; and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor.

Moonlight Fantasies, Parker’s first recording was released in 2010, and in the same year he recorded a CD of concerti (Ravel, Stravinsky and Gershwin) with the London Symphony Orchestra , released by ATMA Classique as part of a multi-year, multi-CD recording contract.

Advance tickets for this lovely solo piano recital are available at the Music Plant in Campbell River, Hummingbird Office and Art Supply in Quathiaski Cove, and Works of H’Art in Heriot Bay. Advance tickets $17; door $20; students 16 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.   For more information, call 250-285-3560.

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