Cockburn Gazette - - WHAT'S ON PLANNER -

THE beau­ti­ful sounds of tin­kling ivory keys will kick off the Fre­man­tle Her­itage Fes­ti­val when pi­anist Si­mon Tedeschi takes to the stage.

His show Kalei­do­scope gives the au­di­ence a chance to hear the pi­ano in all its glory as he tack­les Schu­bert, Chopin, Prokofiev and Fats Waller.

Tedeschi said watch­ing a six-year-old child with cere­bral palsy play pi­ano as part of his phys­i­cal ther­apy in­spired him to take up the in­stru­ment.

“The highs and lows of the pi­ano, as well as its massive power, were an in­cred­i­ble cock­tail for a young me,” he said.

“Through mu­sic I get the op­por­tu­nity to com­mu­ni­cate with all walks of life, es­pe­cially peo­ple who may be go­ing through hard­ship. Mu­sic has the power to trans­form and heal like no other medium.”

Tedeschi said he was look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing in Fre­man­tle for the Her­itage Fes­ti­val.

“It has been over a decade since I was last in Fre­man­tle, I can’t wait to be back,” he said.

“Kalei­do­scope is the ti­tle of my pro­gram, and like the look­ing glass with all the colours, it is a pot­pourri of pi­ano reper­toire across the cen­turies.

“Ac­cord­ingly, her­itage, the repos­i­tory of ex­pe­ri­ences, his­tory and knowl­edge that the com­poser put into the mu­sic, is nat­u­rally in­te­gral to a great com­po­si­tion.”

Kalei­do­scope is at St Johns Church on May 27 from 8pm.

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Pic­ture: Maja Baska

Si­mon Tedeschi.

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