Pianist warms up with Oak Bay on the road to Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall-bound pianist performs at St. Mary's Church Saturday

Pianist Kara Huber performs at St. Mary’s Church in Oak Bay on Saturday.

Pianist Kara Huber performs at St. Mary’s Church in Oak Bay on Saturday.

A Carnegie Hall-bound pianist performs in Oak Bay this weekend.

Toronto-based pianist Kara Huber started practising the piano at age 5.

Her combination of musical talent and lifelong commitment to practising the piano has resulted in numerous solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Piano Virtuoso Series at the Canadian Opera Company, and the Rising Stars Piano Series in Southampton, New York.

Huber brings that work ethic to showcase at St. Mary’s Church in Oak Bay on Saturday.

“It’s fantastic to be able to present visiting artists,” said Erik Abbink, founder of Oak Bay Music which presents the Master Pianists series. “I could not wish for a better combination of local and visiting performers as part of our concert series.”

Huber’s program consists of the 13 Preludes by Rachmaninoff as well as more recent works for solo piano by American composers Earl Wild and George Gerswhin, David Rakowski and Joan Tower.

“Although I have a very close connection to all the pieces on the program, the Gershwin Etudes by Earl Wild are my ‘guilty pleasure’ pieces since they are so much fun to play. I have loved the music of Gershwin since I was little and think Wild arranges these tunes beautifully,” Huber said. “I will be playing this program in a few weeks in Carnegie Hall, so I’m thrilled to share a night of music with the Oak Bay community.”

Huber performs Saturday, March 4 at St. Mary’s Church, 1701 Elgin Rd.

Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors), available at the door, at oakbaymusic.ca and at Ivy’s Book Shop.


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