Piano competition adds local dimension to Chopin 200th anniversary celebrations
A local group, the Friends of Chopin, has assembled a festival in Mississauga that includes a piano competition and a series of lectures and workshops.
Thanks to the wealth of musical knowledge and talent in Toronto, there are several promising lectures, including James Anagnoson giving a master class on the art of playing a Nocturne, on Saturday afternoon (it's $50 to participate, $10 to watch), to William Aide talking about (and playing) his favourite Chopin pieces on Tuesday evening ($10 admission).
The festival takes place at the John Paul II Cultural Centre, roughly where Cawthra Rd. meets Hwy 403 in Mississauga.
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The festival concludes with a gala concert on March 7 at Koerner Hall by winners of the Third Canadian Chopin Competition (the previous ones were held in 1999 and 2004), which will help the laureates with airfare and accommodations to enter the preliminary round of the 16th International Chopin Competition in Poland.