Cellist Rebecca Wenham

Cellist Rebecca Wenham

Cellist opens Morning Melodies series

Vernon Performing Arts Centre's series of intimate classical music concerts starts Tuesday morning with cellist Rebecca Wenham.

It’s possible you’ll hear some Mozart, but don’t expect to be serenaded to a little night music when Morning Melodies returns to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

The series of intimate classical music concerts starts Tuesday morning with cellist Rebecca Wenham, who will be joined by Morning Melodies host and accompanist Sarah Hagen on piano.

Together, the women are expected to perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Shostakovich.

“It’s always a blast to play with Sarah,” said Wenham.“We’re really looking forward to coming up.”

Described as a musical force of nature, Wenham has performed throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia.

She has received numerous awards for her musical prowess, and was awarded the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award in 2007.

While performing as part of the Cecilia String Quartet from 2004 to 2010, Wenham received the first prize and Melpomene prize at the Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition, the commissioned prize at the Bordeaux International Quartet Competition, and both first prize and the Canadian Commissioned Prize at the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Over the course of her 12-year career as a performer, Wenham has performed and collaborated with musicians and composers across Canada. Her interest in different styles of music has prompted her to perform a wide variety of music including classical, jazz, Persian and punk rock, promising a diverse and entertaining morning of music.

Morning Melodies starts Tuesday at 10 a.m. with coffee, tea, treats and a chance to chat with the musicians, followed by a 70-minute concert at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors, and $18 for students. Subscriptions for the all four concerts are also on sale at $112 for adults and $104 for seniors, saving up to 21 per cent off the single ticket price. Call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log online to www.ticketseller.ca for tickets.