Pianist Ian Parker has an international career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and conductor. Photo submitted

Acclaimed pianist Ian Parker to perform in Nelson

Overture Concerts Society event will feature works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Haydn

Submitted by the Nelson Overture Concerts Society

On March 4 the Nelson Overture Concert Society will showcase Ian Parker, piano, in the final concert of the 2019-2020 series.

Parker will perform classical music hits including Beethoven’s beloved Moonlight Sonata and works by Schubert, Brahms, and Haydn. The program will also feature the jazz inspired Three Preludes by American composer George Gershwin.

Ian Parker was born in Vancouver into a family of well-known pianists. He began piano studies at the age of three with his father and later graduated from The Julliard School in New York City. Parker has gone on to have an international career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and conductor. He is currently Music Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, training many of Canada’s most promising young symphony musicians. Parker’s discography includes a CBC Records recording of Mozart Concertos for one, two and three pianos with his cousins, Jon Kimura Parker and Jamie Parker.

Parker captivates audiences with his technical brilliance and enthusiastic nature. After a performance in San Francisco, a critic from the Marin Scope wrote “the Canadian’s hands literally jumped with percussiveness one moment, moved blurry fast the next, and, as a further contrast, gracefully and sensuously stroked the Steinway’s keyboard throughout the lyrical sequences.”

Ian Parker is presented by the Nelson Overture Concerts Society. Tickets are available in person, by phone, or online at www.capitoltheatre.ca. Admission is free for students aged 18 and under. Adult season tickets: $100; individual tickets: $27.50. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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