Soaring cello and beautiful piano come together in this inspirational morning concert.
Prepare to be captivated with the Chilliwack Cultural Centre's Classical Music Series! Sarah Hagen returns as the host of this series of morning concerts, presenting classical compositions and fantastic musical guests in a series of duets over the course of the year. With complimentary freshly brewed coffee, tea, and sumptuous baked treats, there could be no better way to begin your weekend than with these spectacular concerts. In this opening installment of Sarah’s four appearances at The Centre this season, she will be performing alongside Rebecca Wenham, a vibrant cellist that has been described as ‘a musical force of nature’.
Cellist Rebecca Wenham has been described as a musical force of nature. She has performed across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia. She was, as member of the Cecilia String Quartet from 2004 to 2010, silver medalist at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, winner of first prize and the Melpomene prize at the Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition, winner of the commissioned prize at the Bordeaux International Quartet Competition, and winner of first prize and the Canadian commissioned prize at the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Rebecca has performed with pianists Robert Silverman, Anton Kuerti, James Tocco and Menahem Pressler, and jazz musicians John Stetch, Hugh Fraser and Dave Douglas. She has collaborated with many composers including Common Sense Composers Collective, Ana Sokolovic, Gilbert Amy, Kelly-Marie Murphy and William Bolcom. Her interest in different styles of music has prompted her to perform music from classical to jazz to Persian, as well as the music of Elvis Costello. She was a CBC Galaxie Rising Star in 2007.
Rebecca has received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and from the the Odyssee/ACCR Quartet Residency Program grant, ProQuartet. She holds degrees from the HARID Conservatory of Music, the Shepherd School at Rice University, San Diego State University and McGill University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of British Columbia. She is currently a member of Trio Accord and Microcosmos Quartet. Her mentors have included Johanne Perron, Norman Fischer, Andre Roy, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Henk Guittart.