The Bergmann Piano Duo & Alberta Ballet

Tubular Bells

From Japan, China, The Netherlands and Calgary • At THE GRAND

Tubula BellsThe most successful rock-instrumental album of all time, rediscovered and redefined by Marcel Bergmann and Alberta Ballet.

In 1972, a 22 year-old record-store owner, Richard Branson, met a 19 year-old musician, Mike Oldfield. Branson wanted to start a record label; Oldfield wanted to record an album. After a one-week session in Branson’s Manor House, both wishes were granted. The label: Virgin Records. The album: Tubular Bells.

Oldfield’s album was an explosion of sound and style, featuring more than 20 layered instruments. The music leaps across genres, from an eerie piano opening (made famous as the theme from The Exorcist) to a gently resonating glockenspiel to a bluesy electric guitar shuffle. It stayed on the UK charts for 279 weeks, sold over 15 million copies worldwide, went gold in the USA and received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.

Fast-forward to the present: acclaimed Calgary composer and concert pianist Marcel Bergmann, fuelled by his teenage passion for the album, arranges the first side of Tubular Bells into a dynamic four-piano composition. Now, in a massive collaboration commissioned by One Yellow Rabbit, Bergmann’s arrangement will sound out on four Steinway grand pianos, performed by The Bergmann Duo and special guests Jeroen Van Veen and Hong Xu – and, in the Tubular Bells spirit of daring juxtaposition, four company dancers from Alberta Ballet, choreographed by Yukichi Hattori, will perform a startling contemporary ballet synchronized to the pianos’ innovative harmonies.

Opening the show prior to Tubular Bells, The Bergmann Duo will perform a short program of contemporary music.

Grand pianos graciously supplied by Irene Besse Keyboards

Supported by Honens International Piano Competition

  • Composed by Mike Oldfield (United Kingdom)
  • Adapted by Marcel Bergmann
  • Choreographed by Alberta Ballet’s Yukichi Hattori (Japan)
  • Performed by Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann
  • With special guest pianists:
  • Hong Xu (China) – 2006 Honens Laureate
  • Jeroen Van Veen (Netherlands)

Show Information:

Wednesday, January 16 & Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 PM - Admission: $30

Friday, January 18 at 7:30 PM - Admission: $40

Saturday, January 19 at 3:00 PM - Admission: $30

Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 PM - Admission: $40

At THE GRAND: 608 - 1 St. S.W.

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