Alan Fraser to per­form

An­nual con­cert in St. Paul’s Church

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The an­nual Alan Fraser con­cert in St. Paul’s Church in Char­lot­te­town will take place on Sun­day at 7:30 p.m.

Fraser, a world-class mas­ter pi­anist, is orig­i­nally an Is­lan­der, but is now based in Ser­bia. He trav­els the world giv­ing recitals and teach­ing un­der the aegis of the Alan Fraser Pi­ano In­sti­tute. He is a prac­ti­tioner of the Feldenkrais method and the cre­ator of the pi­ano kine­mat­ics ap­proach.

Ox­ford Univer­sity Press is about to pub­lish his fourth vol­ume on pi­ano tech­nique, “Play the Pi­ano with Your Whole Self’’, which ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween how people move and what sort of mu­sic comes out of the pi­ano.

The con­cert will fea­ture two other ac­com­plished pi­anists – Au­drey Du­mont and Fraser’s daugh­ter, Masha Fraser.

Du­mont is from Di­jon, France, and is con­tin­u­ing her pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment in Switzer­land. Masha Fraser is go­ing on to­ward a ca­reer af­ter grad­u­at­ing from her se­condary mu­sic stud­ies in Bel­grade, Ser­bia.

The con­cert will fea­ture well­known com­po­si­tions by Haydn and Chopin and Schu­mann, but will in­clude lesser known sam­ples from Vera Mi­lankovich.

Add “Bird­song’’ by Olivier Mes­sanien and vari­a­tions on “The Lark’’ by Rus­sians Glinka and Balakirev, as well as Eric Satie’s “Gnossi­enne #1’’.

For a dra­matic con­clu­sion, all three pi­anists will put their six hands into play­ing Mozart’s Sonata for Pi­ano 4 hands.

When asked about his favourite, Alan Fraser is quick with the an­swer.

“It’s the Chopin Bal­lade,’’ he said. “There is some­thing so per­sonal about it, so deeply in­te­rior and, at the same time, oth­er­worldly. It is one of Chopin’s most po­etic and emo­tional ex­pres­sions.’’

Ad­mis­sion is at the door. Adults are $15, se­niors are $10, stu­dents are $8 and chil­dren are $5.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.stpaulschurch.ca or call 902-628-6778.

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