Vancouver pianist Sarah Hagen is hosting the inaugural Morning Melodies series at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre

Vancouver pianist Sarah Hagen is hosting the inaugural Morning Melodies series at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre

Centre offers a little morning music

Early risers can soon enjoy classical music when the Vernon Performing Arts Centre launches its new 2013/14 Morning Melodies series.

Early risers can soon enjoy classical music when the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Society launches its new 2013/14 Morning Melodies series.

The series of intimate classical music concerts take place on select Tuesday mornings throughout the year in the centre’s Marie Fleming Hall.

“There will only be 65 seats, so it is very intimate,” said Erin Kennedy, the VPAC’s artistic director. “This is a show for the populace that might not want to go to a show at night. Some are not comfortable with driving at night or they may have young kids that they want to expose to classical music.”

Morning Melodies begins at 9:30 a.m. with coffee, tea and treats and a chance to chat with the musicians, followed by a performance starting at 10:30 a.m. All four events are hosted by Vancouver pianist Sarah Hagen, who has invited fellow musicians to bring their world-class artistry to Vernon.

The musicians, all known for their perceptive, eloquent and entertaining commentary, will also take time to offer personal insights into the music.

The series begins Oct. 8  with a performance by critically acclaimed cellist Ariel Barnes.

Barnes is known for his engaging, imaginative interpretations and commanding stage presence,  and is sure to provide a stunning and diverse morning of music, said Kennedy.

Canadian tenor Benjamin Butterfield headlines the second show in the series, Nov. 12.

One of Canada’s most sought after classical vocalists, Butterfield has performed to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe and is praised for his straightforward and poetic vocal style.

The series continues in 2014 with a performance showcasing the musical talent of series’ host Hagen, Feb. 18.

“With her outstandingly imaginative and refreshingly charming approach, Hagen is sure to offer an intense and profound musical experience,” said Kennedy.

The series concludes May 13 with a performance by violinist Jennie Press.

Since her debut at the age of 13, Press has performed with symphonies around the world and is a current member of the first violin section of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra.

Subscriptions and single tickets for the Morning Melodies series are now available at the Ticket Seller box office. An adult subscription is $112, with 20 per cent in savings, seniors are $104, saving 26 per cent off single ticket prices.

Visit www.ticketseller.ca or call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) for more information.