The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for their second concert of the season, ‘Something Old, Something New’ at on the College Arts Centre Mainstage this Saturday.
The concert, which features Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann premiering their original work, Urban Pulse for Two Pianos and Orchestra, begins at 8 p.m.
The Bergmann Piano Duo have touched and inspired audiences with their uniquely eclectic programmes for more than two decades. Always adventurous, the married couple combines virtuosic dedication with the instincts of professional entertainers who love their music.
As international prizewinners, including the Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and Provincia di Caltanissetta International Chamber Music Competition, they have performed in recitals and with orchestras across North America and Europe including recent appearances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salkind Duo Piano Festival, San Francisco and Munich in 2013 and 2014.
They also have several recordings to their credit as well and are also frequent featured artists on CBC broadcasts.
Beyond the talent of the Bergmanns, the concert also features an original work by Maestro Claude Lapalme himself and in a nod to the traditional, the new pieces are flanked by music from Poulenc and Kodaly.
In addition to their performing careers they also enjoy teaching and working in other capacities in the music industry.
Marcel and Elizabeth serve as directors at the Langley Community Music School and were recently named Associate Artistic Directors of White Rock Concerts.
From 2009-2013 Marcel was professor of music at Mohawk College in Hamilton. They have also been on faculty at Mount Royal University and University of Calgary as well as being involved in various musical projects at The Banff Centre for the Arts.
In 2004/2005, they served as artistic directors of The Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and Foundation in Miami.
They were members of the Calgary-based group Land’s End Chamber Ensemble and recipients of the 2005 and 2006 Western Canadian Music Awards for Outstanding Classical Recording.
Tickets are available through the Black Knight Ticket Centre – charge by calling 403-755-6626 or 1-800-661-8793, or go online at www.bkticketcentre.ca.