Teresa Carreño • Ahead of Her Time
Northumberland Hispanic Cultural Club
Concert Hall at Victoria Hall
55 King Street West, Cobourg K9A 2M2
FRI OCT 11, 2019 • 6PM, Doors at 5pm
Adults: $25 + fees
Seniors 65+: $20 + fees
Under 12: $15 + fees
An unforgettable musical tribute to Teresa Carreño featuring Mitchell Cox at the Concert Hall at Victoria Hall in Cobourg.
ABOUT THE MUSIC
Teresa Carreño (1853 – 1917) was the first Venezuelan artist to achieve international recognition. As a child prodigy, she impressed pianists such as Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and quickly became a phenomenon in the United States. Her fame as a prodigy child led to an invitation to the White House by the current president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
As an acclaimed pianist, the sheer power of her performances earned her the title of Valkyrie of the piano, and she had an extremely active performing career until months before her death. Throughout her life, she interacted with the most important musical personalities of the time, including Franz Liszt and Anton Rubinstein, among many others. She was also a talented singer, as Gioaccino Rossini personally affirmed. She was also active as a composer, and although currently her creative work is largely unknown, some of her works were extremely popular during her time, selling out several editions. Also a sought after piano teacher, her most prominent student was the American pianist and composer Edward Mcdowell. Her approach to piano technique earned her the dedication of the most important treatise on the subject at that time, written by Rudolf Maria Breithaupt.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mitchell Cox has worked as a professional pianist around the globe; with a swing band in Japan, as a University instructor and performer in the UK, and across Canada as a church musician, teacher, and as an Examiner with the Toronto Conservatory of Music. After landing a position with the Regina Symphony Orchestra as principal keyboard early in his career, Mitch relocated to England to train and develop more seriously as a sight reader and accompanist. As well as accompanying and coaching instrumentalists and vocalists of all levels, Mitch has served with dance companies, as an opera repetiteur, as a rehearsal and audition pianist in the theatre, with orchestras, and, of course, for choirs of many sizes and styles. He is by talent and inclination an accompanist and coach.
His choral work has followed a natural progression into directing, and as well as serving at a number of churches as Music Director, he now fills that capacity with Brighton United Church. He is also beginning his fifth season heading the talented amateur choir, Vocalese.
New ventures for Mitchell in the 2015/16 season include serving as Accompanist and Pianist for The Northumberland Orchestra and Choir, and as Music Director with Michael Gellman and his ensemble at Colborne’s newly formed Process Theatre.
Classically trained, but comfortable in all styles of music, Mitchell has recently formed part of a jazz trio, Take Three, which plays locally in the Brighton area. He has produced and recorded two solo CDs: Songs You Never Knew You Knew and Mummery and Mistletoe, Solo Piano and Accompaniments for Carolling.
In addition, Mitchell continues to teach across Northumberland, from Trinity Christian School in Port Hope, to Trinity-St. Andrews in Brighton, and of course at home in Castleton.