Exultation – Sarah Hagen & Brendan McLeod

This profound synergy between pianist and poet illuminates connections between music, philosophy, and the meaning at the centre of our contemporary lives.

7:30pm Thursday Jan 30, 2020 at the Golden Civic Centre

Exultation is a remarkable, utterly engrossing collaboration between classical piano virtuoso Sarah Hagen and spoken word artist Brendan McLeod. This unique evening of creativity and artistic insight sees Hagen perform all 13 preludes of Rachmaninoff’s Opus 32, in between readings and poems by McLeod, a former National Slam Poetry champion.

The aptly named Exultation is, on one level, a remarkable journey into the struggles and triumphs of one of Russia’s greatest and most celebrated composers. But as the performance unfolds, the profound synergy between pianist and poet also illuminates connections between music, philosophy, and the meaning at the centre of our contemporary lives.

It’s not surprising that the visionary and idealistic Hagen is involved with this innovative show. Aside from her superlative pianistic skills that have resulted in an international career, she often incorporates dance, photography, projected imagery and spoken word into her performances.

For his part, the Toronto-based McLeod would require several pages to list all his innumerable awards and honours, as both a poet and as the founder of The Fugitives, a celebrated folk group that tours internationally. In short, the remarkable duo who created Exultation are perfectly matched as performers and collaborators.

Sometimes — with some highly creative performances that are hard to describe — it’s really hard to try and tell you what to expect, what you will ‘feel.’ So … to help …  here’s a rave from a colleague of ours Lynnda McDougal who experienced the show in Smithers recently, “The intensity, dramatic flair, and passion of Hagen’s performance brought the audience to their feet . . . and McLeod’s compositions touched on the personal, political and philosophical in a torrent of words, creating tsunami-like waves that built to a crescendo every bit as powerful as Rachmaninoff’s.”  She went on to say, “This show exceeded our wildest expectations!”

Box Office at Art Gallery of Golden
or purchase by phone by calling 250 344-6186.
The first 75 Early Bird tickets for Members are $15! After that, Member’s Regular Advance tickets are $20. At the Door: Members and Non-Members are $25.
Students always $5. Tax additional.

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