Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Polish Culture Society of Edmonton and the Chopin 2010 Celebration Committee presents concert "Rafał Blechacz plays Chopin" William Eddins, conductor and Rafał Blechacz, piano February 22, 2011 7:30pm at Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre.
tickets: $50 Dress Circle (A)
$40 Terrace (B)
$35 Orchestra (C)
$20 Orchestra Front (F)
and at the Box office #4 Sir Winston Churchill Square.
"Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz performs the masterful music of his countryman, Fryderyk Chopin. Having unanimously won the 15th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Mr. Blechacz is a musician of consummate artistry and technical brilliance. This will be effortlessly evident as he performs Chopin’s Grande Polonaise Brillante and Second Piano Concerto, along with an all-Chopin solo recital in the concert’s second half."
His set of 24 Preludes is based on Bach’s idea represented in 24 Preludes and Fugues (one in each key signature). The only difference is that Bach’s Preludes and Fugues are written in the chromatic order of the keys (C major, c minor, C sharp major, c sharp minor etc) and Chopin’s set follows major and its relative minor order (C major, a minor, G major, e minor etc).