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Piano music at concert sure to delight and inspire

Renowned pianist Valenti focuses on inclusivity and encouragement
Pianist Mark Valenti plays the Chemainus Classical Concerts series on Sunday, May 22. (Photo submitted)

The Sunday, May 22 Chemainus Classical Concerts series performance features American pianist Mark Valenti with music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Samuel Barber and Claude Debussy.

“We are so lucky to have a top-notch instrument available for our artists and I always look forward to hearing the piano in solo work performed by a renowned pianist,” noted Rykie Avenant, artistic co-director of Chemainus Classical Concerts.

Valenti is a versatile pianist who performs throughout North America. He is particularly in demand as an educator, regarded as one of the top piano instructors in Chicago.

Valenti’s focus is on inclusivity and encouragement with a mission to share beautiful music with people through performance and teaching in such a manner they are left enriched with fulfillment in self-expression.

The program, titled Evolution, begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Michael’s Church, 2858 Mill St. in Chemainus.

Valenti displays the evolution of piano styles from the elegant gracefulness of classicism to the passionate lyricism of the romantic era, through atmospheric impressionism to the rhythmic percussiveness of modern music. It’s a beautiful musical journey through the ages.

Unlike some recent performances when capacity was limited and sellouts occurred in advance, there are plenty of tickets still available. Contact Eleanor Montour at 250-748-8383 for tickets.

There could also be some available at the door, but that can never be guaranteed.

Prepaid tickets are $20 per person and $25 at the door. Student tickets are $10.

Don Bodger

About the Author: Don Bodger

I've been a part of the newspaper industry since 1980 when I began on a part-time basis covering sports for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle.
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