Sarah Hagen opens the sixth season of Mattina Musica next Monday morning.

Sarah Hagen opens the sixth season of Mattina Musica next Monday morning.

Hagen goes solo for Mattina Musica

Monday morning; Coffee and tea is served at 9:45 and music begins at 10:30

The sixth season of Mattina Musica continues at the Sid Williams Theatre with a solo performance by pianist Sarah Hagen on Monday, Oct. 26.

Italian for “Morning Music”,  Mattina Musica is a six-concert series of classical music taking place on select Monday mornings. Audience members are warmly invited to attend a reception of coffee, tea and treats in the Sid lobby before each performance.

Co-presented by Hagen and the Sid Williams Theatre Society, the series also includes performances with clarinetist François Houle (Dec. 7), violist Marcus Takizawa (Feb. 1), a “jazsical” program with Danish jazz pianist Søren Bebe (March 7), and a grand finale of duets with soprano Anne Grimm and tenor Benjamin Butterfield (April 18).

From the Comox Valley, Hagen enjoys a busy and varied concert schedule that has taken her from the Sid Williams Theatre to Carnegie Hall. Awarded as the BC Touring Council’s 2015 Touring Artist of the Year, she was described by the Charlottetown Guardian as “one of the most expressive piano players that I have ever seen perform.”

Hagen is in the midst of collaborating with Canadian SLAM poetry champion Brendan McLeod on a project of Rachmaninoff and spoken word.

Highlights of her current season include a Mozart piano concerto with the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra and a reunion with Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour for recitals in January.

In addition to writing wine reviews for her blog, ARTIST WINES! – Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets, Hagen composes silly songs for the ukulele and is an enthusiastic tap dancer.

Hagen’s program is inspired by birds and other creatures of flight and highlights works of Beethoven and Chopin as well as some quirky renditions of birdcalls.

Individual tickets are $22 for Sid Williams Theatre Society members, $27 (regular), and $20 (students, groups of 10-plus, or adding to SID TIX). Coffee and tea is served at 9:45 a.m. and music begins at 10:30 a.m.

For more information on the Mattina Musica series and other upcoming performances, visit sidwilliamstheatre.com or call 250-338-2430.