Pianist Sarah Hagen returns to the Port Theatre with a series of classical concerts

Pianist Sarah Hagen returns to the Port Theatre with a series of classical concerts

Musicians start day with concert

NANAIMO – Classical series returns to the Port Theatre lobby.

Internationally acclaimed Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen returns to the Port Theatre for a series of intimate lobby concerts with a variety of musical guests.

The performances began two years ago as the Classical Coffee Concert Series, and saw Hagen perform with a wide variety of guest musicians in the morning on a weekday.

Hagen performs a solo concert on Oct. 15.

Hagen’s combination of serious talent and bon vivant approach to life allows her to bring an array of gifted artists to join her in this series of chamber events. Hagen is a sought-after chamber musician, performing in concerts across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Hagen is an avid collaborator and producer, frequently hosting world class performers from Europe, Australia and the U.S. Her solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for a 2009 Western Canadian Music Award in the category of Classical Recording of the Year.

The series of six concerts take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., centred around the Port’s three-metre Steinway D concert piano.

These performances allow the audience the opportunity to mix, mingle and meet the musicians while enjoying complimentary tea, coffee and treats.

The series will include performances with Joan Blackman, on violin, associate concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony, on Nov. 5; Robyn Driedger-Klassen, soprano, on Feb. 11; Oto Carrillo, horn, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, on March 11; and a piano duet with Isabelle O’Connell on April 8.

Tickets for each show are $30; $27/members; $15/students. Any three concerts are $80 or all six are $156. For tickets, please call 250-754-8550 or visit www.porttheatre.com.