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Classical concerts with a treat

Pianist Sarah Hagen opens series at the ACT Oct. 16
Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen opens a unique concert series at the ACT Oct. 16 which features her in performance with cellist Rebecca Wenham

Award-winning pianist Sarah Hagen is set to host the first in a series of Classical Coffee Concerts at the ACT next week.

A lovely way to spend a mid-week morning, the concerts are a new series that begin with coffee, tea and treats and are followed by a 75-minute classical concert led by Hagen.

It’s an up-close-and-personal music experience with stories and musical insights.

Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe.

As first-prize winner in the 2013 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, Hagen was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May.

Her motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls regardless of age or knowledge. Her interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive,” performed with “infinite skill.”

Hagen opens the series at the ACT in Maple Ridge with a solo performance on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. For tickets, call 604-476-2787 or visit the ACT box office at 11944 Haney Place.

Upcoming concert

On Nov. 27, cellist Rebecca Wenham joins Sarah Hagen on stage.  Wenham has been described as a musical force of nature. Her interest in different styles of music has prompted her to perform music from classical to jazz to Persian, as well as the music of Elvis Costello.  Wenham was a silver medalist at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition; winner of first prize and the Melpomene prize at the Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition; winner of the commissioned prize at the Bordeaux International Quartet Competition; and winner of first prize and the Canadian commissioned prize at the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition. For more visit

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