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General · 28th February 2014
Quadra Cultural Committee
Quadra Cultural Committee presents an unusual blend of classical and jazz, performed on piano and clarinet with the addition of technical brilliance, musical imagination and a captivating stage presence, and then throw in a few surprises...you won’t find a more entertaining way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with the Wolak/Donnelly Duo at the Quadra Community Centre on Sunday, March 23 at 2:30 pm.
New generation musicians, Kornel Wolak (extraordinary clarinettist and Quarteto Gelato alumnus) and Chris Donnelly (pianist, composer and creative improviser) have teamed up to present a musical blend that spans the genres, from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major to Oscar Peterson’s classic Hymn to Freedom. They’re funny, they’re virtuosic, they’re passionate! Wolak and Donnelly have captivated audiences across Canada.
Holding a Masters of Music, Polish-born Kornel Wolak performs solo and with many chamber groups and orchestras across North America and Europe. He holds performance prizes from many competitions including the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Glenn Gould School, the Polish All-Wind Instruments Competition, and the University of Indiana. John Terauds of the Toronto Star remarked: “control and a smooth, elegant expressivity are what make Wolak shine.”
Canadian-born pianist and composer Chris Donnelly holds a Masters of Music Degree in Jazz Performance and currently teaches at the University of Toronto. His first recording “Solo” was nominated for a Juno Award and for Best Recording of the Year and Best Keyboardist of the Year from the National Jazz Awards. “...one of Canada’s best-kept secrets,” said Raul d’Gama Rose from All About Jazz.
Wolak and Donnelly have just released their first recording “Common Ground.” Commented Kerry Doole of tandemnews.ca: “one of the freshest-sounding new groups we’ve heard in a while.” Fresh and funny, virtuosic, artistic, serious and sonorous, don’t miss this Duo!
Tickets for the Wolak/Donnelly Duo are available at Hummingbird Office and Art Supply in Q. Cove, at Works of H’Art in Heriot Bay and at the Music Plant in Campbell River. Advance tickets are $17; $20 at the door. Students 16 and under are admitted free with an adult. Visit www.wolak-donnelly.com for more information, or call 250-285-2580.