Camerata Musica season starts off Sept. 28 with Canadian pianist

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldSeptember 25, 2013 

Canadian pianist Ian Parker performs Sept. 28 at the Camerata Musica concert in Richland.

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Canadian pianist Ian Parker kicks off the 2013-14 Camerata Musica chamber music season with a classical music concert Sept. 28.

Showtime is 8 p.m. in the Battelle Auditorium on Battelle Boulevard, off George Washington Way in Richland. Admission is free.

Parker debuted with Camerata Musica two seasons ago with the Volger String Quartet, said Camerata Musica spokeswoman Nancy Welliver.

"He was beautifully dressed, had a lot of energy and was rather dashing," she said. "One thing I loved about his playing is that he maintains the energy of the pieces he plays without getting the least bit flamboyant."

Parker has performed with philharmonic orchestras across the United States and Canada.

In 2001, he won the top prize at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation National Radio Competition, as well as the grand prize at the Canadian National Music Festival, the Corpus Christie International competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra competition.

While a student at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, he received the 2002 William Petschek Piano Debut Award and the Gina Bachauer Piano Scholarship competition.

Here's a look at the rest of the season:

Oct. 26 -- Moscow String Quartet performs music from Mozart and Brahms, 8 p.m.

Nov. 23 -- Axiom Brass performs sacred music, 8 p.m.

Jan. 25 -- Boreal Trio performs music from Mozart, Bruch, Schumann and Uhl, 8 p.m.

Feb. 22 -- Volta Trio performs music from Haydn, Suk and Brahms, 8 p.m.

March 22 -- Will Earl Spanheimer sings a selection of operatic areas and classic show tunes with soprano Carisa Simpson and accompanist Patti Robertson, 8 p.m.

April 13 -- Ensemble Caprice performs music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, 3 p.m.

May 4 -- Young Artists of Distinction, 2 p.m.

All concerts are free.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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