Pianists set to entertain at White Rock concert

South Surrey’s Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann will perform Oct. 19 - Contributed photo
South Surrey’s Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann will perform Oct. 19
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Peninsula residents with a passion for the piano are in for a treat Friday.

White Rock Concerts will be showcasing four Fazioli Grand Pianos at the same time, played by the eight hands of two renowned piano duos for their Piano Extravaganza.

The Oct. 19 concert will feature the critically-acclaimed Tselyakov Piano Duo consisting of Alexander Tselyakov and son Daniel.

Joining the father-son duo on stage will be South Surrey’s Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann.

Originally from Calgary, the talented husband and wife have quickly become involved in the Greater Vancouver music scene – especially here on the Peninsula.

Friday’s concert will include music by Bach, Debussy, selections from West Side Story, Franz Liszy and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

“A concert featuring four pianos and eight hands is a rare international event, occurring only a handful of times each year across the globe. Finding two superb piano duos and the four concert grand pianos needed requires years of co-ordination, a bit of luck and an artistic director like our own George Zukerman,” said Rick Gambrel, president of White Rock Concerts, in a release.

The four Fazioli Grand Pianos are estimated to weigh approximately four tons and have a hefty price tag – nearly $1 million – to boot

This is the second concert from White Rock Concerts 2012-2013 season.

The season is sold out but names can be added to a waiting list by going to whiterockconcerts.com or calling 604-535-6692.

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