Liszt Bicentenary celebrated in concert

Chilliwack-born pianist Janice Fehlauer is helping the CMO celebrate the 200th birthday of virtuoso Franz Liszt on Nov. 19.

Chilliwack born pianist

Chilliwack born pianist

Chilliwack born pianist Janice Fehlauer will be returning to her hometown to help the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra celebrate the 200th birthday of virtuoso Pianist and Composer Franz Liszt.

She’ll be performing one of Liszt’s most powerful and poetic pieces, the Piano Concerto No. 1 on Nov. 19 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. This is divine music which caresses the ear, written by one of the greatest pianists.

Ms. Fehlauer now lives in Texas where she earned her Master’s of Music degree.  She is a winner of international piano competitions and is a highly accomplished musician on both piano and violin. In the Finale concert of the CMO’s first year, Ms. Fehlauer delighted both audience and orchestra with her performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1.

Pianist and Composer Franz Liszt is most often remembered for his phenomenal celebrity. For his performances, the piano would be turned to the side to present his profile to the audience.  Lesser remembered are his many philanthropic deeds and inventive composition. He arranged funding and building of the Beethoven Memorial in Bonn and supported many struggling musicians including Wagner and Berlioz. He was also first to compose the solo piano concerto.

In keeping with a birthday celebration for a Hungarian virtuoso, the CMO/ CMYO will be performing a light, entertaining program of Hungarian Dances, and much loved, lively Overtures.

Many sections of the orchestra will have the chance to shine including solos by the brass, violin, cello, and winds. Both orchestras will be joining together for a rousing finale of over 100 musicians. This is a program to delight all the members of the audience, young and older, with many recognizable themes throughout the selections. This uplifting, celebration concert will be held at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Nov. 19  at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the box office, or 604-391-SHOW $25/$15.