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Celebrated pianist Anna Sagalova to perform with orchestra at Ladner church

Delta show with Harmonia Ensemble to feature music of Beethoven and various Ukrainian composers
Celebrated pianist Anna Sagalova will perform with 22-piece string orchestra Harmonia Ensemble under conductor Nicholas Urquhart at Lighthouse Church in Ladner on Sunday, May 5. (submitted photo)

Internationally-acclaimed Ukrainian concert pianist Anna Sagalova is returning for another show in Delta next month, this time backed by a 22-piece string orchestra.

Following her near-sellout solo performance at a Ukraine benefit concert at Lighthouse Church last year, Sagalova is returning to the Ladner venue on Sunday, May 5 to “captivate audiences with her profound musicality and exceptional artistry,” according to an event press release.

This time, Sagalova will be accompanied by the Harmonia Ensemble with conductor Nicholas Urquhart to performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, several Ukrainian compositions, Serenade For String Orchestra No. 3 by Robert Fuchs and the Ukrainian national anthem.

“The collaboration with Harmonia Ensemble string orchestra promises to deliver an unforgettable musical experience, blending Sagalova’s emotive performance with the lush string textures of Harmonia,” the press release states.

A concert pianist, educator and producer with two albums to her name, Sagalova fled Kharkiv in the early weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and arrived in Vancouver in the summer of 2022, according to a bio accompanying the event press release.

Described as “a brilliant pianist with a great vitality” by Vancouver International School of Music director Eugene Skovorodnikov, Sagalova is a laureate of a number of competitions in Italy, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Canada and Germany, and was granted the status of Honored Artist of Ukraine by former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko for her achievements and contributions to Ukrainian culture.

Harmonia Ensemble is “a dynamic string orchestra that collaborates with leading musicians such as founder and viola player Tony Lee, concertmaster Dominic Woo and conductor Nicholas Urquhart to present memorable classical music performances,” according to their bio. “Their focus on rich, expressive playing has garnered them widespread acclaim.”

Tickets for next month’s show are $35 in advance, $45 after April 28 and at the door, and on sale now via

Doors open at 2 p.m., showtime is 3 p.m. at Lighthouse Church (5455 Ladner Trunk Road).

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