by GAC and Peter Skoggard
Local composer Peter Skoggard has developed a new concert experience for audiences this season. LARGER THAN LIFE comes to the Wellington County Museum and Archives on Friday, November 30, at 7:30pm, featuring local and international musicians performing the music of Leonard Bernstein as well as original compositions by Peter Skoggard.
Peter at his piano (photo by Tara Scroi)
Soprano Marion Samuel-Stevens from Rockwood, tenor Robert Missen of Burlington, pianist Daniel Wnukowski of Collingwood, pianist Christopher Burton of Thornbury, and pianist Irene Gregorio of Guelph will perform, as well as one of Canada's most reknowned string quartets, the Penderecki String Quartet of Wilfrid Laurier University.
Songs and duets from the works of Leonard Bernstein, some from West Side Story, some from On the Town, make up the first half of the concert. Also included will be settings of poems by poets Billy Collins and T.S. Eliot, composed and performed by Skoggard. Daniel Wnukoski is a Polish Canadian pianist living in Vienna, Austria and Collingwood, who will dazzle audiences with his amazing virtuosity and musical depth of emotion. He recently revived the music of Jewish composers who suffered under the Nazi regime, some surviving, some not. Wnukowski will be performing the piano version of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
After intermission, Burton and the Pendercki Quartet will perform Skoggard's Piano Quintet in seven movements: ROMA.
The performance begins at 7:30 at the Wellington County Museum. Tickets are $40 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, call 226 203-3595.
Composer Peter Skoggard comments on the string quartet as a musical form and the inspiration behind the concert:
“I often liken the string quartet to the art of drawing, and orchestral works as the art of painting.