Late Night @ Alberta Pianofest
2 drinks included (beer / wine) [Licensed Event, no minors]
Join us for a musical program of nature-inspired piano pieces by Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt and the world premier performance of “Aspects of Nature” by Michael Massey interspersed with poetry of timeless beauty by Petrarch, Verlaine, Emily Dickenson and original poems by Edmonton’s poet-laureate Anna Marie Sewell
Frederic Chiu • Michael Massey
Patricia Tao • Jason Cutmore
with poet Anna Marie Sewell
Anna Marie Sewell, Edmonton’s 4th Poet Laureate, celebrates languages, land and love in poetry that cries out to life. She has two widely acclaimed poetry collections, Fifth World Drum (2009), and 2018’s For the Changing Moon: Poems and Songs, and blogs at prairiepomes.com. For the Changing Moon: Poems and Songs, which was shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Awards’ Indigenous Poetry award, and is shortlisted for the Stephan G Stephansson Award Anna Marie collaborates across lines of culture, discipline and mode. Current projects include ‘From Survival to Thrival,’ exploring Jewish and Indigenous history, and work on her first novel, which arrives October 2020. In September, she takes the chair as MacEwan University’s Writer-in-Residence.
Frederic Chiu performs in major venues on five continents: Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, The Chatelet in Paris, the Mozarteum in Buenos Aires, as well as touring extensively in smaller and unusual venues. He collaborates with Classical music friends Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal, Gary Hoffman and the St Lawrence String Quartet, as well as non-Classical friends like jazz pianist Bob James or storyteller David Gonzalez, to bring the vivid live concert experience to all audiences.
Michael Massey was born in England and emigrated to Canada in 1957. His early piano studies with Jean-Pierre Vetter Edmonton were the prime influence in his development as a musician. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta having studied with Sandra Munn and the Geneva Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Louis Hiltbrand. He has had a long career as a pianist, accompanist, and conductor having worked with many major performing artists from Canada and abroad. He has been Music Director of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra programme since 1977, and orchestral pianist for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1976. In 2002, for his contribution to the cultural life of the city, Mr. Massey was inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame as an Artist–Builder and also received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
Pianist Patricia Tao, founding member of the Guild Trio for ten years, leads an active career as performer, teacher, and concert organizer. As pianist of the prizewinning Guild Trio, she performed throughout the United States and Europe and was awarded the position of Trio-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Centre. As a soloist, Dr. Tao toured Europe and the United States as an Artistic Ambassador under the auspices of the USIA and for Columbia Artist’s Community Concerts series.
Concert artist, and Alberta Pianofest founder and director, Jason Cutmore has performed piano recitals and collaborative concerts throughout North America, Europe and India. Mr. Cutmore made his Chicago recital debut in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts with an all-Liszt programme heard live on WFMT radio and broadcast on television. Since then he has returned twice to the Hess series, and has performed in Canada’s Elora, Music Niagara, and Colours of Music festivals, Los Angeles’ Sundays Live series, Calgary’s Celebrity Series, as well as at venues in New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Edmonton, and elsewhere in North America. Concertizing has frequently taken him abroad Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, and India, including appearances at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Bombay, and the Franz Liszt Museum in Budapest.