Wolak-Donnelly duo comes to town

A rare blend of classical and jazz is the newest offer from the BV Concert Association.

Pianist Chris Donnelly and clarinetist Kornel Wolak are coming to the Della Herman Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 18.

The accomplished musicians tour as the Wolak-Donnelly Duo, playing a remarkable blend of classical and jazz music rarely heard in live performance.

Since their first performance in 2011, Chris and Kornel have toured Canada from coast to coast with a reportedly warm and charming stage presence.

From revered classical pieces such as Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, to Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue, and Oscar Peterson’s classic Hymn to Freedom, Chris and Kornel captivate audiences with virtuosity, familiar melodies, and a profound passion for music and performing.

Throughout the program, Chris and Kornel also showcase their talent as solo artists.

Highly praised on two continents for his glorious tone, precise technical control, and musical imagination, Polish-born Kornel Wolak is well on his way to a major career as a soloist and chamber musician.

Canadian-born Chris Donnelly is a Juno-nominated pianist, composer, and improviser known for his ventures into jazz and classical music.

The Bulkley Valley Concert Association is hosting the musicians as the third of four acts in the 2014-15 concert series.

The final concert of the season is a full ballet performance of Cinderella by Ballet Jorgen in March. Mountain Eagle Books is selling tickets for both events.