Pianists Mel Bowker (seated) and Johannes Weber and violinists (from left to right) Calvin Dyck

Pianists Mel Bowker (seated) and Johannes Weber and violinists (from left to right) Calvin Dyck

Pianos and violins combine for Strings Attached concert

The Abbotsford concert will feature a variety of two-piano music, ranging from Mozart’s Sonata in D, to Fats Waller’s Handful of Keys.

Calvin Dyck, Lorin Friesen, and Estanislau Gubiotti, three of BC’s finest violinists, will be teaming up with piano duo Mel Bowker and Johannes Weber for an unforgettable musical experience billed appropriately as Strings Attached.

The concert will feature a variety of two-piano music, ranging from Mozart’s Sonata in D, to Fats Waller’s Handful of Keys, especially arranged for two pianos and violins.

A nine-foot Steinway grand piano will complement the excellent Yamaha grand at Central Heights Church, where the concert will be performed on Friday (June 7) at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at King’s Music and House of James, as well as at the door.

About the performers:

Bowker and Weber both come from extensive musical backgrounds. They were a featured part of Celebrate Pianos Eight, a Canadian piano extravaganza performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Oct. 1, 2011. This concert included 16 internationally acclaimed pianists, four traveling from Europe, performing on eight majestic Steinway grands.

Both pianists are orchestrators and arrangers, and many of the songs played in Strings Attached will be originals, especially created for this program.

Violinists Dyck, Friesen and Gubiotti are all well-known musicians in the Lower Mainland. Calvin is synonymous with the music scene in Abbotsford, primarily through the highly-popular Songs, Strings and Steps productions, attended by thousands annually. He is also the concert-master of the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Friesen has extensive orchestral experience, having freelanced in most of the orchestras in B.C. He is also a much sought-after soloist, and is blessed with unusual improvisational skills. Although music is a major part of his life, Friesen is also an author, scientist, engineer and teacher.

In addition to playing violin, Gubiotti is a singer, guitarist, mandolin player and composer. He has performed professionally in the Canada, the United States and Latin America.

For more information visit www.strings-attached.ca.