Cowichan Performing Arts Centre presents

Morning Musicale with The Bergmann Piano Duo & vocalist Onalea Gilbertson

Morning Musicale - The Bergmann Piano Duo and Onalea Gilbertson performing From Berlin to Hollywood

Vocalist, actress and writer, Onalea Gilbertson will join the Bergmanns to present a cross section of repertoire that emerged from the collaboration between the daring revolutionary German playwright and poet, Bertold Brecht and composers Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau. Selections from the Three Penny Opera and other hits will be performed in this entertaining cabaret-style performance.

Morning Musicale is a favourite for classical music lovers offering onstage seating, pre-concert chats and a table of treats. Hosts Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann feature world-class guest musicians delivering an intimate, personal musical experience.

About Onalea Gilbertson Onalea is a performer, playwright, composer and recording artist. As a multidisciplinary crossover performer she has worked in both the traditional and the avant-garde performing nationally and internationally with symphony orchestra, chamber ensemble, jazz and big band band and as an actor and singer in theatrical productions.

Recently she performed the role of Hecate Off Broadway in the hit show SLEEP NO MORE. Other select roles include: starring in MATA HARI IN 8 BULLETS (Rhymer/Brooker) at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (outstanding individual performance award); INTO THE WOODS (Cinderella); THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Drood); ASSASSINS (Squeaky Fromme); FALSETTOS (Cordelia) THE BALLAD OF WEEDY PEETSTRAW (Hazel/Caravan Theatre) and Bernstein's MASS with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra - Hans Graf conducting (Mezzo Soprano/Blues singer).

Onalea was a member of the acclaimed One Yellow Rabbit ensemble for 7 seasons creating many original characters, performing with them in song cycles such as DREAM MACHINE and IN KLEZSKAVANIA and starring as Sylvia Plath in SYLVIA PLATH MUST NOT DIE.


Bergmann Duo (biography with press quotes) The Bergmann Piano Duo described as artists who present “razzle-dazzle” and “electrifyingly rendered” recitals (The Vancouver Sun) have touched and inspired audiences with their uniquely eclectic programmes for more than two decades.

“Always adventurous, the married couple combines virtuosic dedication with the instincts of professional entertainers who love their music.” Showtime Magazine

As international prize winners, including the Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and Provincia di Caltanisetta International Chamber Music Competition, they have performed in recital and with orchestras North America and Europe including several appearances at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In a performance at the Salkind Duo Piano Festival, the Bergmann Duo “opened with a lush reading of the Ravel reductions of Nuages and Fetes from the orchestral Nocturnes by Debussy. Rich with colors and textures, the glorious scene was presented with attention to the most minute and delicate details of the work.” (The San Francisco Classical Voice)

Recognized in the press as “piano duo extraordinaire having keyboard skills of the first order with impeccable musicianship” (The Calgary Herald) they have recorded numerous CDs for the Arktos, Koch International, Brilliant Classics and Naxos labels. Their Naxos release of the 2 piano music of William Bolcom reviewed in BBC music magazine contains “delicious take-offs of Latin –American salon music, plus ragtime and cakewalk pieces”.

Their programmes draw from an extensive repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary and incorporate numerous arrangements and original compositions by Marcel Bergmann who writes in a “uniquely original voice that straddles the best of the classical and jazz worlds”(The Miami Herald)

In addition to their performing careers, they enjoy teaching, act as Directors at the Langley Community Music School and serve as lecturers and jury members of International competitions. The duo were recently named Artistic Directors of White Rock Concerts.

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