Chilliwack – The dynamic energy of the Bergmann Duo returns to Chilliwack with an intimate afternoon concert that celebrates timeless masterpieces of classical music. On November 12 at 2:00 pm, join Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann for a presentation of a few of Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff more prominent pieces, as transcribed for two pianos. Celebrating the Society’s classical music series, the Duo is bringing their favourite pieces for a concert filled with energy and intensity that you do not want to miss!

“We are so excited to be back once again to perform for our Chilliwack friends,” Says Elizabeth Bergmann. “It has been too long! We hope to present an uplifting programme with the majestic and powerful music of two Russian composers, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff.”

The Bergmann Duo offer a musical experience like no other, creating an entertaining show that will not only inspire but also leave you smiling. This presentation of Mussorgsky’s timeless masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition, transcribed for two pianos by British composer, Tim Seddon, will also feature Rachmaninov’s own two-piano version of his energetic Symphonic Dance no.1. Done with the flare only the Bergmann’s are capable of, this performance will hold you captive from start to finish.

From Spring 2021

“The Pictures at an Exhibition, inspired by a series of paintings, are a depiction of someone walking through a gallery and viewing those paintings,” Elizabeth explains. “It is an incredibly epic piece, well known for its pianistic virtuosity and probably the best known of Mussorgsky’s works. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances are his last work written and the Dance No. 1, which we will be playing, combines a driving energy with beautiful and lyrical melodies of melancholy. These are some of our favourite pieces and we can’t wait to share them with a live audience!”

Their energetic performance will be sure to enthrall and captivate you, and their wonderfully charismatic personalities will make you feel like you’re talking to an old friend. Portraits at an Exhibition will be an unforgettable concert that will welcome you back to the world of live music with open arms.

With the constantly changing environment of a COVID-19 world, The Society strives towards keeping pace and making sure The Centre is functioning at the highest level of safety protocols, while also keeping the arts alive. Unlike previous performances by The Bergmann Duo, this performance will be taking place in the HUB International Theatre to help maintain patron comfort and safety. The Society continuously strives to provide the community with a place to be immersed in arts and culture, to provide the community with a gathering place for creative expression, discovery, imagination and inspiration, and we cannot wait to welcome you back.

Pictures at an Exhibition with the Bergmann Duo is generously sponsored by: The Chilliwack Progress, the British Columbia Arts Council, the City of Chilliwack, the Province of British Columbia and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Pictures at an Exhibition with the Bergmann Duo is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on November 12, 2021, at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $27 and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

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