What a year! Is it too early to perform for a live audience? Is it too late? We have decided to go ahead with this year's festival, providing Catherine and I are allowed to enter the country! We need to perform and from what I have heard, you are all hungry for live music. We will try to respect all the restrictions (masks? limited capacity, distancing, open doors, etc.) but rest assured that we have been performing in Spain ALL year in the opera house, with masks and half capacity (1000 people) and haven't reported one single case of contagion. For the moment, we have been told that we are allowed a capacity of 125 people in the Community Hall. This sounds like a green light to me!!
Unfortunately, the Beethoven year was cancelled. So we thought it important to at least have one of the highlights of the Beethoven year, the magnificent Archduke Trio. This year in Barcelona, our series was limited but we were able to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the death of Saint-Saëns. So we will include something from this concert as well: the most-impressive and very-little-known Piano Quartet opus 41. In between these two concerts, I wish to bring something very special and unusual, the transcription of the Goldberg Variations for String Trio. Sacrilege? I thought it might be (being such a fan of the Glenn Gould recordings) but I assure you it is not. You'll have to decide for yourself. Nevertheless, the music is sublime!
"Festival Highlights," Thursday, August 5th. 7:00 p.m Comox United Church (250 Beach Drive, Comox): To be Confirmed
Solo piano and Beethoven Archduke Trio, Friday, August 6th. 7:00 p.m. Denman Island Community Hall.
Goldberg Variations, Saturday, August 7th. 4:00 p.m. Denman Island Community Hall.
Solo piano and Saint-Saëns Piano Quartet, Sunday, August 8th. 2:30 p.m.. Denman Island Community Hall.