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Morning Melodies hostess is series’ next performer

Pianist Sarah Hagen comes to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Tuesday for the third of four Morning Melodies concerts, happening Tuesday morning. - Photo submitted
Pianist Sarah Hagen comes to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Tuesday for the third of four Morning Melodies concerts, happening Tuesday morning.
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By mid-February, locals may be feeling a mild, or high case of seasonal affective disorder. However, a Vancouver pianist has just the cure for the seasonal blahs.

Sarah Hagen has started a performance series known as Morning Melodies, which she has brought to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre, and on Tuesday she goes from host to performer.

“Morning Melodies started in my livingroom where I invited people over to have coffee and cake and listen to me play,” said Hagen. “I loved the experience so much I wanted to recreate it in a theatre setting.”

The new series of intimate four classical music concerts takes place on select Tuesday mornings in the centre’s Marie Fleming Hall.

Each event begins with coffee, tea, and treats and a chance to chat with the musicians.

So far the series has featured two of Hagen’s contemporaries, cellist Ariel Barnes and tenor Benjamin Butterfield. The last concert in the series will feature violinist Jennie Press, May 13.

All the musicians, Hagen included, are known for their perceptive, eloquent and entertaining commentary, and will take time to offer personal insights into the music.

Hagen is known as an outstandingly inventive pianist whose execution and impeccable precision offers an intense and profound musical experience.

She has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe, and has appeared on Bravo Television.

Her solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Tuesday’s Morning Melodies begins at 9:30 a.m. with a reception and the concert at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors, and $18 for students and can be purchased at the Ticket Seller box office at 250-549-7469 or online at www.ticketseller.ca.

 

 

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