WMC CENTRE STAGE: Dazzling Dexterity

Dec 08

  • Admission: $40/$20/$5

This concert follows on the heels of Kerson Leong’s appearance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Here, in the intimacy of the Muriel Richardson Auditorium, we will hear him play, up-close-and-personal, some of his most dazzling repertoire, from J.S. Bach to Piazzolla , not to mention Kreisler and Bartok!

“A natural command and a devastating charisma” is only one way that Kerson Leong is described by the countless glittering reviews that he has amassed in his young life. Leong has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Besides cementing his proficiency in reaching young people, aspiring musicians, and potential music lovers with his creative and engaging ways on social media, he has been keen on making connections between music and other fields. His dad’s tutelage in physics concepts about string resonance strongly influenced his playing and philosophy on sound production. Together with his dad, he has given lectures about this subject in places such as the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Barratt-Due Music Institute in Oslo, and various universities in California. Read more at www.kersonleong.com.

Praised for her "fierce artistry” and “poetic pianism”, Winnipeg-based powerhouse pianist, teacher, and vocal coach Lisa Rumpel brings her sparkling personality, focus, and enthusiasm to every project she undertakes. An active member of Manitoba’s arts scene, her vibrant and varied freelance career has included performances with Flipside Opera & Art Song Collective, The Little Opera Company, Manitoba Underground Opera, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (Looking Glass, 2023), and community concert organizations such as Agassiz Chamber Music Festival and Living Room Live, among others. Read more at www.lisarumpel.com.