Pi­anist pro­vides lev­ity at Is­land Fringe Fes­ti­val

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/ENTERTAINMENT -

“Perk up, pi­anist!” is open­ing at the 2017 Is­land Fringe Fes­ti­val on Thursday, Aug. 3.

With an en­thu­si­as­tic per­for­mance sched­ule that has taken her all the way to Carnegie Hall, Sarah Ha­gen trans­forms her award-win­ning role as “con­cert pi­anist” into a stand-up, or rather, sit-down pi­ano-filled com­edy.

“Perk up, pi­anist!” is a uniquely charm­ing mu­sic and sto­ry­telling ex­pe­ri­ence that takes the au­di­ence deep in­side the world of a tour­ing clas­si­cal mu­si­cian. It will be pre­sented in Charlottetown at the Hav­i­land Club, lo­cated at 2 Hav­i­land St., Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 5, 3 p.m., and Aug. 6, 9:30 p.m.

“One of the best hours I’ve ever spent at the Fringe,” writes The Coast in Hal­i­fax. “Ha­gen re­minds us the beauty of how an hon­est solo per­for­mance can make you so eas­ily fall.”

“As a sto­ry­teller, Ha­gen has an un­usual stage pres­ence: charm­ing in a low-key kind of way, like a friend lean­ing across a bar ta­ble to whis­per some­thing im­por­tant,” adds Mike An­der­son, Mooney on The­atre.

For her role as “clas­si­cal pi­anist”, Ha­gen was awarded as the B.C. Tour­ing Coun­cil’s 2015 Tour­ing Artist of the Year.

With per­for­mances tak­ing

her from Goose Bay, N.L., to Gothen­burg, Swe­den, and on to Carnegie Hall as a first-prize win­ner in the 2013 Brad­shaw & Buono In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion, The Guardian de­scribed her 2014 recital at

UPEI as the Best Clas­si­cal Per­for­mance of 2014, say­ing, “... the level of pas­sion that Ha­gen pos­sesses - when it comes to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, in­ter­pret­ing and ex­press­ing art - is some­thing quite ex­tra­or­di­nary.”


Sarag Ha­gen brings “Perk up, pi­anist!” to the Is­land Fringe Fes­ti­val, be­gin­ning Aug. 3 in Charlottetown.

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