Rumours of the demise of this gem of a local festival focused on Classical Music were apparently exaggerated, because Early Bird tickets are on sale now for this year’s stellar line-up!

In less than two weeks, Centric Festival 2017 will feature new and familiar local favourites, like Bethany Yon, Leslie Ting, Tyler Stewart, Jason Ragan, Jesse Plessis, Lisa Mulgrew, Ryan Kolodziej, Krzysztof Jablonski, and Ian Fundytus!

Concert I: July 5 at 6:30 pm

Internationally acclaimed pianist Krzysztof Jablonski will perform a large selection of the solo repertoire that he presented at the 1985 International Chopin Competition for Centric’s opening gala concert. This is a rare opportunity for Lethbridge audiences to hear an accomplished artist of Dr. Jablonski’s ability so purchase your tickets soon! Pre-concert talk begins at 6:30 pm with the concert at 7:30 pm.

Concert II: July 6 at 7:30 pm

In the first of three concerts that explore the music of the three major “B” German composers, we explore the divine music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Cellist, Tyler Stewart will present Komm, süßes Kreutz, aria no. 57 from Bach’s masterpiece, the St. Matthew Passion, followed by one of the monuments of the cello repertoire, the Cello suite no. 2 in D minor. Pianist Jesse Plessis, will interpret the first of Bach’s Six Partitas for keyboard, Partita no. 1 in B-flat major. Soprano Lisa Mulgrew will join pianist Jesse Plessis for several extracts from the St. Matthew Passion.

Concert III: July 7 at 7:30 pm

Our second concert of the “B” German masters features music from different eras of Beethoven’s creative output, beginning with his sixth Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 30, no. 1, interpreted by violinist Leslie Ting and pianist Ryan Kolodziej. Baritone Ian Fundytus will join pianist Jesse Plessis for Beethoven’s only song cycle that ushered in the beginning of this genre of German art song, An die ferne Geliebte Op. 98 (To the distant beloved). The evening will culminate with Beethoven’s last Piano Sonata, no. 32 in C# minor, Op. 111 interpreted by Jesse Plessis.

Concert IV: July 8 at 7:30 pm

In our last concert of the festival, we present selections from Brahms’ chamber music. The evening begins with Zwei Gesänge Op. 91 (two songs) sung by mezzo-soprano Bethany Yon, and joined by cellist Tyler Stewart and pianist Ryan Kolodziej. Following this is Brahms’ youthful and epic first Piano Trio in B major Op. 8, played by violinist Leslie Ting, cellist Tyler Stewart and pianist Ryan Kolodziej. The second half of the concert features the sublime Liebeslieder waltzer Op. 52, (Love song waltzes) with soprano Lisa Mulgrew, mezzo-soprano Bethany Yon, tenor Jason Ragan, baritone Ian Fundytus and piano four hands duo Ryan Kolodziej and Jesse Plessis.