Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Liszt Piano Recital: Slava Senyshyn and Alan Kogosowski (Jan 27)

I am very pleased to announce an all Liszt joint piano recital with the great and world renowned pianist Alan Kogosowski on Saturday, January 27th, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Massey Theatre. As you will see below in this email, he has a huge international career and happens to be a great favourite of the Royal Family since the late Princess Diana befriended him and the late Pope John Paul for his masterful playing of Chopin. I feel very honoured that he has chosen me to pair up with him for this particular all Liszt recital. (We will also be playing a two piano recital at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, January 27, 2008. This recital will feature the works of Mozart, Schubert and Rachmaninoff. I am also looking forward to playing a joint recital with my wife, Dr. Susan O'Neill-Senyshyn, flautist, at the Chan Centre, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 6th, 2008).

The first joint recital on Saturday, January 27th, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster, BC. will be played in a hall that was built in 1949. It was the former home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra before it moved to the Orpheum. The
acoustics are excellent. This theatre is very closely located to the Skytrain (Expo Line Skytrain To New Westminster Station at Columbia).

Tickets will be sold by Ticketmaster (TicketWeb Canada, a division of Ticketmaster Canada Ltd. ("TicketWeb") for General Admission: $25.00 and $20.00 (Seniors and Students) and the area adjacent to the Dean's Office in the Faculty of Education. I am most grateful that Alana
Nordstrand and Devi Pabla will be handling the sale of a limited number of tickets (200). They have been very kind! Alan and I do not want to impose more on their time than is necessary. Tickets are also available through http://www.TicketWeb.ca as of Monday, November 13th, 2006. They may also be purchased over the phone at 888-222-6608.

Please note that proceeds from the concert will cover costs and fund other concerts (already mentioned) at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and possibly one other Benefit Concert to be announced at a later time and to be held at the Orpheum later in the next year. For more information about our current concert please see below:

Saturday, January 27th, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Massey Theatre

A Liszt Recital

Two Sides of the Multi-Faceted Franz Liszt
Pianist: Yaroslav Senyshyn
Original Compositions by Franz Liszt:
Étude d'Exécution Transcendante, No. 11 ("Harmonies du Soir")
Annees de Pelerinage: Seconde Annee: Italie
Sur le 104e Sonnet de Petrarque
Annees de Pelerinage : Premiere Annee - Suisse
Chapelle de Guillaume Tell
Au Lac de Wallenstadt
Vallee d'Obermann


Pianist: Alan Kogosowski
Operatic Transcriptions by Franz Liszt:
Reminiscences of Lucia di Lammermoor (1840)
Miserere from Il Trovatore (1860)
Reminiscences of Norma (1843)
Rigoletto Paraphrase (1860)
Waltz from Faust (1860)
Liebestod - Tristan and Isolde (Wagner, 1865) Liszt /Kogosowski

Yaroslav Senyshyn was born in Toronto of Ukrainian parentage. His studies began on the piano with the great Antonina Yaroshevich of the Kiev Conservatory. He studied with Damiana Bratuz, Howard Munn, Clifford von Kuster, Katherine Wolpe and Pierre Souverain. A recipient
of numerous scholarships and awards, he holds a Bachelor and Master of Music in Performance degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto respectively. As well, he completed a Bachelor of Education degree at the Faculty of Education, University
of Toronto and a Doctorate in Philosophy of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Yaroslav Senyshyn's appearances have won him acclaim in many major concert halls throughout the world including New York's Carnegie Recital Hall, Toronto's St. Lawrence Centre and Massey Hall and the Bolshoi Hall at the Moscow Conservatory. Most recently he has
performed at Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Simon Fraser University (a scholarship benefit performance) at the SFU Theatre and was invited to give a special recital in Toronto to celebrate the joining of OISE and the University of Toronto. He has been featured in a Georgetown University radio broadcast in Washington D.C. on Canadian performers including Glenn Gould, Louis Lortie and Anton Kuerti. While playing at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., he appeared in the "Critic's Choice" column of the Washington Post and after his debut there was referred to as a pianist of "enormous power" and "sophisticated finger work". (The Washington Post) For other concert reviews and selected excerpts of Yaroslav Senyshyn's playing please see http://www.educ.sfu.ca/fri/Senyshyn/ and then choose the link
entitled "Pianistic Highlights, Reviews, Upcoming Concerts, and Sample Clips of Senyshyn's Recitals / CDs".

Senyshyn is an Associate Professor of philosophy of music aesthetics and moral education at Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Education. As well he has published extensively in international and national journals such as the Philosophy of Music Education Review,
Musica-Realta, Interchange, the Journal of Educational Thought, Educational Leadership, the Canadian Journal of Education, and other publications. He is Past President of the Simon Fraser University Faculty Association and a member-at-large on the national Executive of CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers). His performances have won him acclaim in major concert halls throughout the world.

Alan Kogosowski's career has been one of creative surprises. Not content to be one of the foremost pianists of his generation, he has spread his talents richly over many areas related to the great music repertoire he so ably commands. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Kogosowski conceived and presented the prestigious concert series Schubertiades at Sotheby's in London for
ten years. A recreation of the 19th century style of musical presentation, where artists and performers gathered in glamorous convivial surroundings and played their works in mixed combinations for friends and acquaintances, these concerts at Sotheby's soon acquired a cult following. Members of the Royal Family often attended, and the opportunity of viewing the latest art collections added an extra dimension of interest to the evenings. CD recordings, under the label Music From Sotheby's, were issued and became highly popular. Moving to America, Kogosowski restored and orchestrated two major works for piano and orchestra, by Rachmaninoff and Chopin respectively. Both were premiered by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Neeme Järvi and broadcast nationally. The CD recording of the Rachmaninoff Concerto Élégiaque, went 'straight to the top of our list,' said The American Record Guide. These great additions to the concert repertoire were followed by a 6-part TV series on the life of Frederic Chopin, conceived, written and produced, as well as performed, by Kogosowski. This series was first broadcast in New York in 2003, and hailed by the New York
Times as 'outstanding.' The series is now available as a double-DVD set. Next came two important books - Genius of the Piano - Etude!, a comprehensive account of the life of Chopin as well as the history and the art of piano playing, and How to Prevent RSI - a pianist's
perspective for everyone" (available as e-books at http://www.kogosowski.com/a/index.php . You will also find excerpts of his playing www.kogosowski.com). Back in his home town of Melbourne, Kogosowski encountered a young Chinese soprano who reminded him of his adored Maria Callas, and they gave a joint recital juxtaposing great arias with operatic fantasies
for piano by Franz Liszt. This concert was broadcast to great acclaim, inspiring a magnificent new CD set, Kogosowski and Xiao Wang at the Opera. The combination of spectacular piano fantasies by Liszt with key arias from the operas sung by an extraordinary young artist is a
programming concept Liszt himself would surely have approved. Likewise, Kogosowski hopes that Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frederic Chopin would also have approved of the way in which he has brought new life to two great and important, but little known, compositions in their canon. From New Jersey, Kogosowski goes to Los Angeles to perform in a new play about Chopin and George Sand by actress and writer Diana Douglas (mother of Michael).
For a detailed seating plan, please visit www.seatadvisor.com/search

Main Entrance - 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster, BC

Just east of the 8th Avenue & 8th Street intersection. Watch for large reader board at street side & Massey Theatre awning above main entrance doors.

Free parking is available on school grounds after 3:30pm Monday to Friday and all-day on weekends. Enter parking lot on 8th Avenue just east of 8th & 8th intersection. Driveway is between theatre & Moody Park Arena.

Dr. Yaroslav Senyshyn
Associate Professor
E-MAIL: Yaroslav_Senyshyn@sfu.ca