Classical pianist Angela Cheng performs at St. Andrew’s United Church on Oct. 27. (Photo Lisa Kohler)

Classical pianist Angela Cheng to perform at St. Andrew’s United Church

Cheng will play work by Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin

Canadian classical pianist Angela Cheng is coming to Nanaimo to present works by whom she calls “three of the best composers” for her instrument.

On Oct. 27, Cheng, who has performed with the Vancouver Island symphony on multiple occasions, is presenting a solo recital at St. Andrew’s United Church. While she’s in Nanaimo, Cheng will also be offering a master class.

At the concert Cheng will play two late sonatas by Haydn and Beethoven, followed by a nocturne, Polonaise fantasy and ballade from Chopin. She said they’re all pieces that she loves, and added that she wanted to include a piece by Beethoven because next year is the composer’s 250th birthday.

“They’re challenging in different ways,” Cheng said of the pieces. “They’re very different in character and very different in the way it was written for the piano, but very well written for the piano.”

She said the opening sonata is “typical Haydn” and was written when the composer discovered a new type of piano with pedals that could sustain sound better than his previous instrument.

“You’ll see in parts of the fist movement and especially in the second movement it’s very expressive,” Cheng said. “Much more than a lot of his other pieces from earlier but has typical Haydn humour and it’s very charming, very light and I think it’s one of his best pieces.”

The Beethoven composition is the 31st of his 32 piano sonatas. Cheng said the piece was written while Beethoven was completely deaf and the composer’s pain can be felt in the work.

“He wrote this incredible masterpiece that is full of hope and beauty, so it’s just remarkable how someone who has lost his hearing as a composer can write something so bright and hopeful,” she said. “So I find that very inspiring.”

The second half of the performance is devoted to Chopin. She describes the nocturne as a novel depicted on a piano. Cheng said the Polonaise Fantasie, one of Chopin’s final works, is unique in its merger of the fantasy and Polish dance forms. The recital concludes with Chopin’s Ballade in G minor, which Cheng said is the one of the composer’s most famous works.

“It’s a great thematic work and it’s powerful, beautiful, passionate, virtuosic,” she said. “It has everything in it that is good for the performer and for the audience.”

WHAT’S ON … The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music presents Angela Cheng at St. Andrew’s United Church, 311 Fitzwilliam St., on Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $35, $25 for students, available from the Port Theatre. Tickets for the master class are $20, available through the conservatory at 250-754-4611.



arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

‘Our culture is not a religion,’ indigenous educator tells Nanaimo court in case of smudging at school

Mother also gave evidence Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court, case continues Wednesday

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Time for a ban on leaf blowers

Loud noise can cause heart attacks, deafness and mental disorders, says letter writer

Nanaimo’s Kirkwood Academy presents 20th production of ‘The Nutcracker’

More than 150 dancers of all ages to participate in classic Christmas ballet Nov. 22-23

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A vegetarian diet is a viable choice

Plant diets can support more people than animal diets based on plant inputs, says letter writer

Nanaimo RCMP utilize new online crime reporting tool

Damage, mischief, theft under $5,000 can be reported online

Harbour City Theatre Alliance builds on tradition with ‘A Christmas Carol’

Local adaptation of the Christmas classic returns to Nanaimo starting Nov. 21

B.C. to advocate for frustrated, confused, unhappy cellphone users, says premier

Maple Ridge New Democrat Bob D’Eith to advocate for more affordable and transparent cellphone options

B.C. man who killed Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

Nanaimo boxers will look to land punches for Ringside Rescue program

Nanaimo Boxing Club holding a fundraiser card Saturday, Nov. 23, at Departure Bay Activity Centre

Nanaimo woman seeks knitters to make blankets for cats

Dale Burke inspired by creator of Comfort for Critters

B.C. to more than double sales tax on vaping products

Tax up from 7 to 20 per cent, tobacco tax up two cents

Site where rockslide occurred along Malahat is too narrow for rock blasting or drilling: Emcon

‘Rockfalls are inevitable, so we try to increase our response times,’ says representative

Daily cannabis linked to reduction in opioid use: B.C. researchers

Researchers looked at a group of 1,152 people in Vancouver who reported substance use and chronic pain

Most Read