Pianist Sarah Hagen flies solo for the next Mattina Musica concert at the Sid Williams Theatre on Monday, Feb. 2.
Recreating the casually intimate living room feel out of which Mattina Musica initially grew, Hagen will be presenting Love in Every Bite, an exploration of the life and music of Johannes Brahms through his most poetic piano pieces.
From the Comox Valley, Hagen enjoys a busy and varied concert schedule that will take her this season from Campbell River to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, and beyond. A March 2014 review in the Charlottetown Guardian reported, “…the level of passion that Hagen possesses — when it comes to experiencing, interpreting and expressing art — is something quite extraordinary.”
An avid collaborator, Hagen has performed with cellist Ariel Barnes, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, Trio Accord, Ballet Victoria, the Emily Carr String Quartet, among many others, and has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific.
Her solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.
In December, 2013 Hagen released her second album, Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Schumann, featuring solo piano works and Clara Schumann’s Romances, Opus 22 with violinist Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a first prize winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Hagen was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Italian for “Morning Music”, Mattina Musica is a concert series of classical music taking place on select Monday mornings. Each event begins with a pre-concert reception in the theatre lobby.
Individual tickets are $22 for Sid Williams Theatre Society members, $27 for general public, $20 for students or groups of 10 or more.
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 www.sidwilliamstheatre.com or call 250-338-2430.