Elias-Axel Pettersson. (Photo submitted)

Pettersson of piano fame performing Sunday concert in Chemainus

Elements of program include musical fantasy, memories and colossal power

The Chemainus Classical Concerts performance Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. is billed as “Fantasy and Reminiscence.”

Swedish-American pianist Elias-Axel Pettersson, not to be confused with current Vancouver Canucks’ Swedish hockey sensation Elias Pettersson, is bringing a program to St. Michael’s Church in Chemainus that explores musical fantasy and imagination (Mozart and Ravel), illustrates the poignancy of memories (Schubert) and engulfs the listener in a surge of colossal power (Franck).

Pianist Pettersson has been praised for his breathtaking virtuosity and an intelligent sense of precisely what brings music to life as well as his rhythmic integrity, singing tone quality and refinement.

He’s established himself as a formidable soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue.

Pettersson has a doctorate from the Université de Montréal, has been designated a Mason and Hamlin Concert Artist and garnered awards on the national and international level.

He’s a rare musician who can project his ideas from the piano directly into the hearts and minds of the audience.

Tickets are $18 in advance at Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn and Owl’s Nest Bakery Bistro in Chemainus or by calling Eleanor Montour at 250-748-8383 to reserve a seat. The cost is $25 at the door and $10 for students under 18.

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