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The P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 season continues with another socially-distanced chamber music concert at the Confederation Centre, this time featuring pianists Magdalena von Eccher and Glen Montgomery, both recognized as among Canada’s outstanding musicians.
The concert will present an array of selections, including solos, duets and trio repertoire, in a range of styles, with guest performances by Shannon Scales, soprano, and William Costin, french horn.
It will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Confederation Centre’s Homburg Theatre. The venue will have limited capacity and some precautions in place in order to ensure a safe experience for all concert goers. Masks must be worn upon entering and exiting the theatre, hand sanitizing stations will be available and socially-distanced seating arrangements will be in place.
A member of the faculty at the University of Lethbridge and McGill University, von Eccher was recently appointed assistant professor of piano at the University of Prince Edward Island. She is an active soloist and chamber musician, performing regularly throughout North America and Europe. Recent engagements have included performances at the Festival of the Sound, McGill University’s Musical Chairs Festival the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and concerto appearances with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra.
Montgomery leads a dynamic musical life throughout Canada, performing, teaching and composing. He has performed around the world in such renowned venues as Leningrad’s Philharmonic Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall and in and locales such as Iceland, Japan and Australia. Montgomery has collaborated with numerous international artists in frequent appearances at the Festival of the Sound, Montreal Chamber Music Festival and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.
“Taking advantage of the Confederation Centre’s two concert pianos, the featured work on the program will be the exhilarating and beautiful Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Suite, Opus 17,” says Montgomery.
Other composers to be presented will be Dvorak, Chopin, Gershwin, Debussy, Schubert (Auf dem Strom for Soprano, Horn and Piano), Bozza and P.E.I. composer EKR Hammell.