Saturday, May 30th, 2020

Mozart Behind the Mask

7:00-9:00 pm


$30/$20 (students and youth)



Suren Barry, piano

The Iceberg String Quartet


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro, K.492 (arr. Suren Barry)

By any measure, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a composer of the rarest kind, a towering genius who touched on the sublime with his effortless  craft and intuitive musical sense. Indeed, Mozart's music inspires a certain reverence, but might there be other sides to Mozart's music and person that this sense of awe obscures? In other words, what lay behind the facade, behind the mask? Come and hear two piano concertos by Mozart in arrangements for piano and string quartet. Replete with new improvisations and embellished passages, these concerto performances will highlight the bold and daring spirit of Mozart, recreating the exciting improvisatory style that Mozart's audiences would have known and loved.

                 - Suren Barry

Visual Artist Spotlight:

Lisa Creskey, ceramicist

Lisa Creskey is a ceramic artist and painter who explores the visual storytelling potential of the clay medium through sculpture and installation.  Investigating themes of nature, history and time, Lisa creates immersive worlds in which to look for connections and to pose questions on essential concerns for humanity and the environment.  Lisa’s work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally.  She has been recognized as a finalist in the Korea International Ceramic Biennale KICB2019. She has also been awarded a residency in the 2019 Taiwan Ceramics Residency Program hosted by the New Taipai City Yingge Ceramics Museum. She received 4th Place in the Viewer’s Choice Awards in the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale GICB2017 in South Korea. She received a Recommendation Prize in the 2016 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale and was also a finalist in the 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale.  Get a sense of her work on her website here.

Junior Artist Series:

Piano students from the studio of Ryan Phelps

Ryan Phelps is one of Ottawa's most active piano teachers, working with a large studio of young pianists.  Read more about him and his teaching here.

Piano Concerto in A major, K.414

Piano Concerto in E flat major, K.449