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Piano virtuoso Anna Sagalova will perform Beethoven concerto with Harmonia String Orchestra in Ladner

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Anna Sagalova has performed as a soloist with symphonies in many countries.

It’s quite a weekend in Metro Vancouver for those who love listening to world-class piano artists

On Saturday (May 4), Japanese phenom Hayato Sumino—a.k.a. Cateen—stunned a Chan Centre for the Performing Arts audience with his interpretation of George Gershwin’s music. Sumino has 1.34 million followers on his YouTube channel. He performed as a guest soloist at the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra’s closing concert, which was conducted by music director Ken Hsieh.

Meanwhile on Sunday (May 5), another virtuoso, Anna Sagalova, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Harmonia String Orchestra. Nicholas Urquhart will conduct this concert, which takes place at 3 p.m. at Lighthouse Church (5455 Ladner Trunk Road) in Delta.

According to Eventbrite, it’s “almost full” but there were tickets available as of 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Piano artistry honoured in Ukraine

Sagalova was an associate professor at Kharkiv I.P. Kotlyarevsky National University of Arts in Ukraine. She’s an “Honoured Artist of Ukraine” and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in several countries.

However, Sagalova fled her country after the Russian invasion in 2022. Eventually, she found refuge in Metro Vancouver.

In an interview with Vanclassicalmusic.com, Sagalova talked about the early days of the war, where she had to hide in her basement.

“Planes were constantly flying above us, and there were explosions everywhere,” she said.

Sagalova has performed with Harmonia on a few occasions, including the 2023 and 2024 LunarFest Vancouver concerts at the Orpheum. Below, you can see the conclusion of her performance of Frédéric Chopin’s Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22.

Lon Schieder presents Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at 3 p.m. on Sunday (May 5) at Lighthouse Church (5455 Ladner Trunk Road) in Delta. World-renowned concert pianist Anna Sagalova will perform as a soloist with Harmonia String Orchestra. Visit Eventbrite for tickets.

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Pancouver editor Charlie Smith has worked as a Vancouver journalist in print, radio, and television for more than three decades.

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