Pianist and University of Alberta music professor Milton Schlosser will perform in concert on Valentine’s Day. The internationally recognized musician will play selections from three major popular piano works that are perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat: Robert Schumann’s Carnaval, Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin and Johannes Brahms’ Opus 118 collection. Prince George dancer Andrea Brown will perform with Schlosser during two piano pieces.
Canaval is one of the most popular works in piano music, known for its beautiful melodies, romantic qualities and the sheer athleticism it demands of the performer. Ravel was inspired to compose Le Tombeau de Couperin by the lively dance suites from the French Baroque period. Each of the work’s pieces bears the title of a historic dance and is dedicated to the memory of friends fighting in the First World War. Brahms composed the six pieces of Opus 118 in 1893. The pieces are dedicated to Clara Schumann, the love of Brahms’s life.
Schlosser is an award winning professor and pianist at the University of Alberta. As recording artist, he has been described in a Vancouver Sun review as a pianist who “proves himself to be as sympathetic an accompanist as he is a stylish and feeling soloist.” The artist performs live and for CBC broadcast performances as solo and chamber recitalist, as vocal and choral accompanist and in concerts as soloist with orchestra. He has recorded four CD recordings, including the 2010 iTunes release Frederic Rzewski’s Nanosonatas and Song which features a series of world premieres. He has also won many awards for excellence in teaching, community service and literacy education support. Enjoy Milton Schlosser in concert Feb. 14 at Westwood MB Church. Performance starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door.