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Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)/Dmitri Alexeev (1947-)
Concert Suite from The Firebird*
Following their 2019 Brahms Requiem collaboration with the Ewashko Singers, the Becke-Barry piano duo returns to Pontiac Enchanté, joining forces with Ottawa-based percussionists Zac Pulak and Dominique Moreau for a program that begins with Bartók's highly original and challenging Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Written in 1937, it features a melding of Hungarian folk tunes and rhythms with an almost jazz-like rhythmic drive, supported
Elizabeth Rutledge, hooked rug landscapes
'I have always been passionate about colour and line. Pastel is a perfect medium for it’s brilliant colour and capacity for creating energetic line. Acrylic paint is another great medium for it’s versatility and durability. My latest foray is into textile media including rug hooking. It is a decidedly different pace of working but has the wonderful possibilities of using a variety of textiles including my owned dyed cloth. My work is an attempt to reflect a joyful response to beauty and light of the forest trails of the Gatineau Hills.' - Elizabeth Rutledge
Percussion students from the studio of Zac Pulak
Hailing from Winnipeg, Ottawa based percussionist Zac Pulak studied at the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of Jonathan Wade and Kenneth Simpson, receiving an undergraduate degree in 2014. Since then, Zac has worked with world class organizations such as the National Arts Centre, Music and Beyond, Ottawa International Chamberfest, the Banff Centre, the Scotia Festival of Music, and many others. Recently, Zac was featured as one of CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30. Alongside his performance work, he maintains a large studio of private students in the Ottawa area.
*Canadian premiere of this new arrangement.
by a large battery of percussion. Bartok was an admirer of Stravinsky's incorporation of folk influences into his scores, his ballets The Firebird (1910), Petrouschka (1911), and The Rite of Spring (1913) in particular. These three works have remained Stravinsky's most popular to date. Of the three, The Firebird is the most triumphantly melodic, and its glorious music is presented here in a new arrangement for two pianos by the London-based Russian pianist, Dmitri Alexeev. Mr. Alexeev has kindly granted Becke and Barry permission to give the Canadian premiere of the arrangement.