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The sonata is one of Beethoven’s later works and “it has that kind of conciseness” of that later period, he added.
The first half also includes a composition called “Place to Be” by Japanese jazz composer and pianist Hiromi Uehara.
“I’m not always a jazz person, but I was really captivated by her sound,” said Chiu.
The “State” portion closes off with Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata No. 1, Op. 22, in which, Chiu notes, the composer struggles to bring together both his Latin American and European identities.
“You hear the conflict very clearly in his music,” said Chiu.
The second half, the “Church” portion, includes Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Hymn-tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons, as well as Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina and Franz Liszt’s Legends.
The second half will include video featuring a dancer, a feature Chiu describes as “simply visual” rather than a narrative.
“It’s just beautiful images, a beautiful dancer making her way through the scene,” said Chiu.
The 34-year-old Hong-Kong-born Canadian pianist is trying to experiment with different media in his performances.
“It has my wheels turning about what I can do next,” he added.
Chiu will return for the concert association’s second event, joining the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloists presenting a piano trio program Oct. 12.
The third concert will feature the three-time North American champion brass band, the Weston Silver Band, in April 2019 with “Music of the British Isles,” followed by the Ladom Ensemble, a Canadian group comprised of instruments and influences from around the world, in May 2019.
Tickets for the series are on sale at the Brockville Arts Centre, available by calling 613-342-7122, or online at brockvilleartscentre.com. Tickets are $35 and $28.
Series tickets, for all four concerts, cost $110.
This year, the volunteer association is continuing to focus on additional outreach to the community with free admission for all students under 18 and reduced rates of $10 per ticket for all students over 18.