January 27 at the Vancouver Playhouse
Prepare to be wowed by another of Vancouver Recital Society's young discoveries. Pianist Zoltan Fejervari is one of an exciting new generation of Hungarian classical musicians, and he counts acclaimed Andreas Schiff as one of his mentors. On the VRS program here, the virtuoso displays his gifts in works by Bela Bartok, Leos Janacek, and Robert Schumann, including what may be that last composer’s greatest piece for solo piano, the richly romantic Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17.
The Magic Flute
January 31 to February 3 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Enchanted instruments, joyful love, and sublime music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s beloved singspiel has all the elements to break whatever midwinter spell has taken hold. UBC Opera’s rendition finds Neil Varon on the podium, Nancy Hermiston in the director’s chair, and members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra on hand to pull off the sparkling melodies.
Love & Mercy
January 25 at Shaughnessy Heights United Church
The Vancouver Chamber Choir has been holding live auditions for a new conductor and is wrapping up the search with a concert by its final applicant, Erick Lichte, current artistic director of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir. And what a program he has: the globetrotting highlights include works by Latvia’s Eriks Esenvalds and Finland’s Einojuhani Rautavaara, along with what should be a transcendent performance of John Tavener’s Village Wedding.