Pianist Sarah Hagen performs Rachmaninoff’s complete Opus 32 on Feb. 21 at the Port Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Sarah Hagen performs Rachmaninoff’s complete Opus 32 on Feb. 21 at the Port Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Sarah Hagen performs solo show at the Port Theatre

Sarah Hagen performs Rachmaninoff's complete Opus 32 at Nanaimo's Port Theatre Feb. 21.

Quiet moments combine with rage and violence and flashes of whimsy in Rachmaninoff’s The Preludes.

It covers a range of human emotions, said pianist Sarah Hagen, adding that there is anger, frustration and “points that are completely heavenly and filled with light and healing.”

The Preludes, known also as Rachmaninoff’s complete Opus 32, was created in 1910. Hagen said she discovered the power of the combined pieces about six years ago.

“One day, for kicks, I sat down and played through all of them,” she said, adding that it was like a light bulb going off in her head when she realized the impact of the pieces when played in entirety.

“I saw there was such an emotional impact when you put them together. It’s very intense and takes people to every corner of their hearts,” said Hagen. “The expanse of emotions is vast. I don’t think that Rachmaninoff misses any core emotions throughout.”

Hagen is performing The Preludes during a concert at the Port Theatre Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The show includes a question-and-answer segment at the end of the concert.

Hagen started piano lessons when she was seven years old. Hagen said she initially played the piano because they had one in the house.

“We all played in my family,” she said. “It was just part of being around it.”

She was attracted to the different styles she could play.

“Playing alone on the piano you have all these voices in your hands and I thought that was magical,” she said.

Hagen has performed with Ballet Victoria, the Emily Carr String Quartet, Victoria Symphony, Waterloo Symphony and many others.

Being a pianist is something she’s never thought of as a career, she said.

“I really think of it as a calling,” said Hagen.”I just followed my heart along the way and my heart led me to the piano.”

In her spare time, Hagen plays a variety of music styles.

“I like to play a lot of variety to complement my mood changes all the time and like improvising a lot,” said Hagen.

Tickets to Hagen’s solo piano concert are $32 for adults, $28 for members and $15 for students available by calling 250-754-8550 or visit www.porttheatre.com. The show is being co-presented by the Port Theatre, as part of its Spotlight Series, and Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.

For more information about Hagen, please go to http://sarahhagen.com.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Pet owners are leaving more dog waste than ever before on Nanaimo’s paths and trails, says letter writer. (Stock photo)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dog owners need to pick up after their pets

Letter writer says he’s ‘disgusted’ by dog walkers not picking up their dog waste

The Nanaimo African Heritage Society is capping its month of Black History Month celebrations with a virtual gala on Sunday, Feb. 28. (News Bulletin photo)
Nanaimo African Heritage Society presents virtual Black History Month gala

Event to feature a variety of speakers and performers

(Black Press file)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools reports COVID-19 exposure at Cedar Elementary

School district says Island Health has completed contact tracing

(News Bulletin file)
RDN warns residents not to give financial info over phone

Resident hung up and called RDN after receiving call for credit card information

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from the beach in rescue attempt in Nanaimo

Animal dies in spite of efforts of marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

1957 photo shows Six Mile House-sponsored #4 1932 Ford stock car with Frank Morris (from left), Ted Mackenzie, Bill Sim and driver Gerry Sylvester. (Bud Glover/Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame)
Memories race as Western Speedway approaches its finish line

‘It was life to us:’ Vancouver Island racers, crew will never forget what the track gave them

BC Ferries experienced heavy traffic on Feb. 27 following cancellations the day before due to strong winds and adverse weather. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries sailings fill up quickly after Friday cancellations due to high winds

Waits expected on Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen route, Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route

Wayne Allen's graduation photo from Chemainus Secondary School. (Photo submitted)
Brother charged with murder in Vancouver Island teenager’s Ontario death

Jesse James Allen stands accused in the death of Wayne Allen, a 2020 Chemainus Secondary grad

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is preparing a rapid response team proposal for submission to the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district chosen to field COVID-19 rapid response team

Team to consist of SD68 and Island Health staff, according to B.C. Ministry of Education

A 50-year-old man was stabbed in an altercation that started with a disagreement about physical distancing. (File photo)
Argument about physical distancing leads to stabbing in Nanaimo

Suspect arrested on Gabriola Island an hour after incident Wednesday, Feb. 24

Snuneymuxw artist Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun is among the artists participating in the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Rain Shadow exhibit. His piece, ‘We Fell from the Sky/Together and Apart,’ depicts a Snuneymuxw creation story. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Art Gallery exhibit explores the ways people think about place

‘Rain Shadow’ features work mostly by Vancouver Island and Gulf Island artists

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Most Read