Piano virtuoso Ian Parker joins local talent on Sunday

Acclaimed classical pianist will perform Rhapsody in Blue, Mozart

Ian Parker

Ian Parker

Piano virtuoso Ian Parker will perform at the Central Heights Church in Abbotsford on Sunday, Feb. 12 alongside other B.C. talents. Joining him for various accompaniments are flutist Paolo Bortolussi, harpist Maria Whelton, and Andrew Clark on the French horn.

Abbotsford’s Calvin Dyck will tie it all together, conducting the Canada West Chamber and Abbotsford Youth Orchestras along with accomplished Central Valley Music Academy students such as Stephanie Lowe, Alexandra Hawse and Daveed Saban.

On the program: Gershwin’s lively and sensuous Rhapsody in Blue followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 among other well-known pieces.

The Vancouver-based pianist, world-renowned for his performances, will be playing a refurbished turn-of-the-century Steinway, courtesy of Chilliwack’s Glen Cuthbertson.

The performance is a benefit for the CVAM scholarship fund. Parker has agreed to donate a portion of his fee to help the effort.

Tickets for the 3 p.m. show range from $15-$25 and are available by calling CVAM, 604-852-3242, House of James, 604-852-3701 and Kings Music, 604-853-5996.

Central Heights Church is located at 1661 McCallum Rd. For more information about Ian Parker visit his website at IanParker.ca.