Cornwall Concert Series spring programming resumes with Sunday matinee

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That could describe both the performers this coming Sunday afternoon – and those in the audience.

The Cornwall Concert Series continues the abbreviated four-show spring 2022 season with a return engagement of internationally acclaimed pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin and Montreal Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Andrew Wan, at 2 pm at Aultsville Hall.

Series chairman Scott Peterson said Sunday’s concert, Beethoven on Record III, is a show rescheduled from April of 2020, and that organizers wish to express appreciation for the support and patience of subscribers, and that the original tickets will be honored at the performance.

Peterson noted some remarkable numbers, that of the nearly 400 subscription holders from the 2019-20 season, “only four people asked for a refund. The rest have patiently waited for us to re-schedule the two concerts canceled because of the pandemic. ”

Still, the tragedy of the pandemic, and concerns about becoming ill, have had an impact already this season. Peterson said that many who are part of the concert series demographic are still somewhat reluctant to attend large events, but that, of course, hundreds of people are still enjoying the performances, many taking as many precautions as possible.

“Who knew that someday it would be considered an act of courage to attend a live music concert?” Peterson said. “I told our audience when they came to our opening concert (April 9), that they were all rock stars, living on the edge, attending a classical music concert.”

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Two concerts make up the new subscription series (April and June), and two concerts are re-scheduled from the spring of 2020, and the plan is to return to the usual five-concert format for the 2022-2023 season starting in September.

As for the duo of Richard-Hamelin and Wan, they’re no strangers to Cornwall, having first appeared here in December of 2017, performing at the benefit concert for the Aultsville Theater Capital Improvement Fund that contributed to the successful completion of the lighting replacement project.

Wan and Richard-Hamelin recently completed a multi-year project to record the complete cycle of ten Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano. The second album of this trilogy has been nominated for a 2022 Juno Award – Classical album of the year (small ensemble) for their recording of Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano Nos. 1,2,3, & 5.

Richard-Hamelin stands out on the international music scene as a “highly sensitive” pianist (Gramophone), driven by “a great depth of feeling without the slightest condescension” (Le Devoir).

Wan, concertmaster of the Orchester symphonique de Montréal (OSM) since 2008, is also associate professor of violin at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, a member of the Juno and Opus award-winning New Orford String Quartet, and artistic director of the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival.

St. Lawrence College continues to require visitors to campus to wear a mask. Tickets ($ 35) can be purchased in advance at the civic complex Aquatic Center Box Office, 100 Water St. E.

Single tickets may also be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance subject to availability. For more information visit www.cornwallconcertseries.com.

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