The Wonderful Journey… Eastern Europe

April 24th at 3 pm at the Phi Center

For its last concert of the Cartes blanches series, Pro Musica invites music lovers to visit the music of Eastern Europe. The duo Brian Manker, cello, and Angela Park, piano, will perform a repertoire focusing on works by Rachmaninov, Martinu and Kaprálová.


Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op.19

Bohuslav Martinů, Variations on a Slovak theme, H.378

Vítězslava Kaprálová, Deux Ritournelles for piano and cello, op.25

Principal cellist with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1999, Brian Manker pursues a diverse musical career as a performer and teacher. In addition to being a frequent performer with the OSM, Mr. Manker is a member of the Juno- and Opus-Award winning New Orford String Quartet. A professor at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, Mr. Manker also initiated the Beethoven Project and founded the Adorno Quartet in 2007, which aims to perform all of Beethoven’s quartets in their original context: a private salon. In 2010, he recorded the Bach Suites for Solo Cello. Brian Manker plays a cello made by Pietro Guarneri of Venice c. 1728-1730 with a bow made by Joseph René Lafleur c. 1850, courtesy of the Canimex Foundation.

Angela Park received her Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto and her PhD in piano performance from the University of Montreal. From 2011to 2014, Angela was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she taught the woodwind accompaniment course. She has performed in Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Angela has recorded with cellist Rachel Mercer and the Made in Canada Ensemble, as well as various projects for the Enharmonic label in Bloomington, Indiana. In 2021, her album Mosaic with the Made in Canada Ensemble won a JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year. She has won numerous awards and honors including the Grace Welsh International Piano Prize in Chicago, the Canadian National Music Festival, the Honens International Piano Competition and the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona.

Indoor presentation: Sunday, April 24th, 2022 at 3:00 pm at the PHI Centre

Webcast (on demand) from May 29 to June 12

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