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Dear friends,

On behalf of the board of directors of The Vancouver Chopin Society, we would like to thank our subscribers and audience members who chose to donate the value of their tickets or receive a credit for the coming season.

This has been an incredibly difficult time for us, as it is for all arts organizations and artists. But with your support and encouragement, we feel that we can weather this storm and look forward to a time, hopefully in the very near future, when we can and will once again see you at our concerts.

As you can imagine, we are looking to processing your donations, but hope to get around to sending out tax receipts before the end of April.

Depending on the extent of travel restrictions within Poland, we are trying to have pianist Tomasz Ritter make a video recording of the programme that he was to have played for us on March 23rd. Do stay tuned for more details! This is our way to thank you for your donation, which will be used not only to cover our expenses, but to support artists like Ritter.

We invite you to watch two excellent documentaries released recently by The Chopin Institute in Warsaw.

The first one presents famous fortepiano builder Paul McNulty. Our final concert next season on May 23 will not only mark the Vancouver debut of Dmitry Ablogin, but will feature, for the first time, Early Music Vancouverís newly-acquired copy of Conrad Grafís 1819 fortepiano, built by Paul McNulty. One of Chopinís favorite pianos that he had at his home was Buchholtz piano. The Chopin Institute has decided to commission a copy of Buchholtz piano by Paul McNulty in 2017. You can watch his work in this short documentary.

The second documentary is about historically informed performances explained by the great pianists.

In the meantime, we wish you all good health, peace and joy during this period of isolation and distancing from our fellow human beings.

With our heartfelt appreciation,
Patrick May, President
Iko Bylicki, Senior Manager

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