Due to the pandemic, our wondrous musicians, performers and Music Niagara Festival team have moved everything to virtual events.
The Music Niagara Festival is bringing music to you, with our new At Home Series, which provides the essence of what we planned for 2020 before the pandemic. This past weekend, a large audience tuned in to watch Emma Meinrenken’s premiere, and participated in the live Great Debate with Tom Allen.
On Sunday, Aug. 2 at 4 p.m., our Music Niagara At Home season continues with a most exceptional and affecting recital by Lithuanian pianist, Victor Paukstelis, who has performed a wide classical repertoire in leading concert halls in Vienna, Berlin, Paris and New York.
Quite astonishing is that he has been gifted since childhood with an equal virtuosity as a painter and visual artist, and is the creator of many art works, some to be found in the Modern Art Centre in Vilnius and in other Lithuanian private collections. Examples of his art will be displayed and visible, as a backdrop to the piano on which he performs, in what he describes as a solo-animation project. That he seems on occasion to gaze in reverie at his art, while at the same time entirely fixed on his playing, seems a fusion of his distinct sensibilities. It is a feat that few pianists would hazard. Technology, as it continues to alter what is required of us as audiences, has made this possible.
On Monday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m., the Festival welcomes back Robert Silverman, the celebrated Canadian pianist, well-known to Music Niagara audiences. Recognized as one of Canada’s leading pianists, Silverman has reached a level of musical and technical authority that can only be attained after years of deep commitment to the instrument and its vast literature. Over more than five decades, he has performed in concert halls all over North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia, and has appeared as soloist with many major international orchestras. His discography is extensive, and his recordings of Chopin, Liszt, Mozart and Beethoven have been widely-acclaimed. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013. Silverman has put together a series of some of his favourite performances.
We hope that you can join us on our virtual At Home journey of performances.
To watch performances, just go to Music Niagara’s ‘Watch Live’ page on the day of the event, at https://www.music
Please visit our new website to see the full details of the 2020 seasonal https://www.musicniagara.org/. Thank you for supporting us. With your help we will ensure that great music remains for us in Niagara.