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World-class pianists playing classical music on the second Sunday of every month.

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Pianist

HEATHER TAVES

Sunday, June 9, 5:00 PM
Doors open at 4:30 PM

ADMISSION BY DONATION
Proceeds go to the artist and other parish music projects.

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PROGRAM

 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Sonata No. 16 in G major, Opus 31 No.1

Allegro vivace
Adagio grazioso
Rondo: Allegretto-Presto

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Opus 31 No. 3 

Allegro
Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
Menuetto: Moderator e grazioso
Presto con fuoco

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BIOGRAPHY

 

Dr. Heather Taves is one of Canada’s most acclaimed and beloved pianists, a career she melds with those of composer, improviser, and writer. Her openness and warmth connect with people as she communicates her expertise in an enormous range of diverse music. Heather’s performances are described as “radiantly beautiful…commanding and authoritative” (The Guardian), and her compositions “brilliant in her conjuring of diverse worlds of sounds and texture…superlative music for our time and beyond” (Stephen Preece, The Record). Having toured internationally, Heather is based in Prince Edward Island since 2020, where she is currently preparing the complete cycle of 32 Sonatas by Beethoven. She posts weekly about this project in her entertaining blog, “Beethoven Journey”, found at https://heathertaves.substack.com/

 

As a composer, Heather is working on an interdisciplinary installation featuring dance by the Propeller Dance Company which includes wheelchair dancers, paintings by the established PEI artist Julea Boswell, and video by Ottawa filmmaker Aaron Daniels Casey. As an improvisor, she plays keyboards in the band of Scott Parsons, who is a recent recipient of the Order of PEI for his advocacy of Black music in the Atlantic provinces. As an educator prior to moving to the Island, Heather was Associate Professor of Keyboard Performance in the Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University. Her many former students from Laurier’s renowned music program have built active music careers across Canada and internationally.

 

Heather holds an Honours B.Mus. with High Distinction from the McGill University Schulich School of Music where she graduated at age 19; a M.Mus. from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a DMA from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers were Dorothy Morton, Menahem Pressler (pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio), György Sebōk, and Gilbert Kalish.

 

During the 2024-25 concert season, Heather will be premiering her cycle of the complete 32 Beethoven sonatas in eight concerts at the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. Closer to home, she will present an all-Beethoven solo recital on November 6 at the Music Room in Halifax.

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ABOUT CLASSICAL SECOND SUNDAYS

Classical Second Sundays showcases world-class musicians playing classical repertoire in a series of recitals held on the second Sunday of every month at Saint Luke’s Anglican Church in Annapolis Royal. The inaugural 2024 season presents twelve concert pianists from Nova Scotia and Ontario, displaying the exceptional sonorities of the new Baldwin concert grand piano which has recently made its home at St. Luke’s, thanks to the Wall Family. The depths of the piano, the quality of the musicians, and the beauty of the church promise to offer a sublime concert experience.

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