Bravo Niagara! 2018 Events at St. Mark’s Anglican Church
Saturday February 17, 2018, 1pm – Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival: Celebrating Norman Granz and Jazz at the Philharmonic
Niagara wine country will be filled with the sounds of jazz when the inaugural Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival takes place during the weekend of February 16 – 18, 2018. Led by Artistic Director, the 5-time JUNO Award-winning, celebrated jazz pianist Renee Rosnes, Artistic Producer Kelly Peterson, and Executive Producer Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts, the world’s first (and only!) jazz festival bearing the name of Canada’s greatest jazz artist will honour and celebrate his legacy of excellence.
The 2018 Festival will be dedicated to Norman Granz, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. Impresario, record producer, civil rights activist, and founder of Jazz at the Philharmonic, Norman Granz was Oscar Peterson’s manager and closest friend, and arguably the most important non-musician in jazz history.
St. Mark’s Anglican Church is the venue for screenings on the afternoon of February 17 of two documentaries produced by Norman Granz (one of which, Jammin’ the Blues, was nominated for an Oscar), as well as a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert film. Tad Hershorn, jazz archivist and Granz biographer, will moderate, along with Jacques Muyal, long-time associate of Granz.
Free admission. Register at www.opjazzfest.org or in-person at St. Mark’s Anglican Church.
Saturday March 10, 2018, 7:30pm – Bravo Niagara! Presents Jan Lisiecki
Just 22, pianist Jan Lisiecki is recognized as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility, he is “a pianist who makes every note count.” (The New York Times). Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age.
Lisiecki performs with the world’s most prestigious orchestras on major stages, and has cultivated relationships with prominent conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Pinchas Zukerman. In 2013 he became the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist award, and also received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Jan Lisiecki is an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon.
Tickets available www.bravoniagara.org/tickets or in-person at St. Mark’s Anglican Church.
Pricing: $50 + HST = $56.50 per person (General Admission)