WELCH MAKES HIS B.C. DEBUT

November proved to be a very active and productive month for Luke Welch as he traveled from the Netherlands to Canada for his first tour of British Columbia on the west coast.  The trip began with a recital at the Old School House in Qualicum Beach, which included a surprise birthday serenade from the capacity audience!  The journey continued in Burnaby a couple of days later at Brentwood Presbyterian Church - a venue which equipped with marvelous acoustics, and primarily  features a jazz concert series.  Nevertheless, representing one of the first opportunities to expand the church's programming with classical music, this recital included works by Scarlatti, Morawetz, Chopin, and Robert Schumann.

 

As the week continued, Welch ventured to West Vancouver for an appearance at the Silk Purse Gallery.  This picturesque location along the oceanside was the perfect setting for an early recital to another sold-out and enthusiastic crowd.  Notably in attendance was Claudia Morawetz - daughter of the celebrated Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz - who was eager, too, to meet the artist after the performance.