Interpreting Improvisation

Thursday, July 12, 2018 • Concert 2:30pm

Christ Church Cathedral


Friday, July 13, 2018 • Concert 5:00pm

Christ Church Cathedral

There is an improvisatory energy to the music you will hear in our program, Interpreting Improvisation. This program explores what improvising could mean if we do not look at only whether the composed musical notes are written or unwritten; predetermined or spontaneous.

Like Shakespearean actors reading a well-known play, what if the notes and dynamics are the same, but the gestures, inflections, and responses to our colleagues are unscripted and unpredicatable? What if this might lend insightful poetry to the musical story?

In a program that comprises Dvorak’s Piano Quintet, we also have a composition written and performed by Drew Jurecka, who will have serenaded you back from Robson Square to this afternoon concert. This concert also includes an unusual delight: pianist Stephen Prutsman will perform Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 with an improvised section which will incorporate a few tunes he will gather from you, the audience!


Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Franz Liszt (1811-1866)
Stephen Prutsman, piano

Rebekah for Violin and Piano
Drew Jurecka (b. 1981)
Drew Jurecka, violin
Stephen Prutsman, piano

Piano Quintet No.2, Op.81
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Stephen Prutsman, piano
Valerie Li, violin
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Eric Wong, viola
Adrian Fung, cello

TICKETS Adult $42 • Senior $38