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Janusz Olejniczak's recital

Have you ever wondered how Chopin's music sounded when he was composing them?

The modern piano, as we know it today, is vastly different from pianos from Chopin's time. Not many of us have had the opportunity to hear a piano from Chopin's century. Acoustically, the music will come out very differently from the sound of the modern concert grand.

You now have a chance to experience this.

In collaboration with Early Music Vancouver, the Vancouver Chopin Society presents renowned Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak in two recitals - Friday, February 2nd, 2018 and Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, both at 7:30 p.m., in the intimate settings of Christ Church Cathedral. He is one of today's most distinguished Chopinists.

In the first half of Olejniczak's recital, the pianist will be playing on a 19th century Broadwood piano, and in the second half, he will perform on a modern Steinway. The comparison between the sounds he evokes from the two instruments will make for a fascinating and musically rewarding musical experience.

The two recitals will have two different programmes. The first concert will be an all-Chopin recital. In his second recital Olejniczak will play Schubert, Schumann and Liszt on the 19th-century instrument, and then Chopin on the modern Steinway in the second half. The artist will make the final selection of pieces to be played on the period instrument after his rehearsal.

In 1970, Janusz Olejniczak was the youngest award winner at the 8th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. For those interested in films, Olejniczak recorded the soundtrack for two award-winning films, Roman Polański’s The Pianist and Andrzej Żuławski’s La note bleue, appearing in the latter as an actor playing role of Frederick Chopin.

Beginning with these two recitals by Janusz Olejniczak, the Vancouver Chopin Society plans to present further performances on period instruments, thereby giving our audience a new perspective on our appreciation of the genius of Chopin. The timing of Olejniczak's performance will be auspicious, since in 2018, we will be witness to the first ever International Chopin Competition on period instruments, to be held in Warsaw.

Come to one or both of these recitals, and experience Chopin as you have never experienced it before.
For ticket holders only, we will be offering a viewing of "La note bleue" at Christ Church Cathedral before the recital. You can arrive early and get a preview of the artistry of our soloist for the evening.

And now, we have two very special offers for you during this Christmas season. Share the gift of music with those you love during this season of giving.

Special Offer No. 1 - Janusz Olejniczak's concert

Are you looking for a Christmas gift for your loved ones?
Here is an offer valid until January 1, 2018.
For the Janusz Olejniczak concert on February 2nd or 3rd, you can buy single tickets with a discount of 25%.
Please call Chan Centre box office: 604.822.2697 or buy them online and enter promo code:broadwood

Special Offer No. 2 - Three concert package

Buy tickets for the remaining three concerts and save. Additionally you will receive a signed copy of Rafal Blechacz's brand new Bach recording on DG.
Section A - Adult $115; Senior/Student $90
Section B - Adult $90; Senior/Student $72
Section C - Adult $67; Senior/Student $52
Please call the VCS: 604.871.4450 or Chan Centre box office: 604.822.2697

Win a trip to Warsaw

You can still win a trip to Warsaw for the Finals of the first ever Chopin Competition on historical instruments, to be held in September 2018 in Warsaw. The package includes a round trip flight for one person, two tickets for the Finals, three days of accommodation and a tour to Zelazowa Wola, Chopin’s birthplace. To qualify for the draw, you will have to be a subscriber OR a single ticket holder for the Blechacz recital. The draw will be held at Rafal Blechacz’s 20th anniversary Gala Performance on April 22, 2018.

Here is the link to buy tickets online.


Please help our Society- a registered charity which runs on a voluntary basis with no administration cost, so that your every dollar goes to concert expenses. Our branded donation page is handled by CanadaHelps including automatic tax-receipting. Here is our donation page.

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Next Concerts

Next concerts

Janusz Olejniczak
Feb 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm

All Chopin

Feb 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral


Rafal Blechacz
20th Anniversary
Gala Performance
April 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Vancouver Playhouse


Alexander Gavrylyuk
May 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Vancouver Playhouse


Lecture By
Dr Margit McCorkle
May 24, 2018 at 10:30 am
Vancouver Academy of Music

Chopin and Schumann



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