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Free performance of Ludovico Einaudi music at the WAG

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The classical music of one of the 21st century’s most popular composers will emanate from the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) this Sunday from 1pm.

A program of songs composed by Italian virtuoso Ludovico Einaudi will be performed by pianist Julie McErlain, violinist Chris Philpot and cellist Mike Weise.

Ms McErlain wrote the arrangements and string sections for each piece.

She met Einaudi in February while he was in Melbourne for a performance at the Arts Centre. 

“I had the greatest fortune to meet Ludovico and I happily told him about the plans for (this Sunday’s) concert program,” she said.

“I assured him I had faithfully transcribed the pieces from recordings for Mike and Chris and he seemed to approve.

“He commented to me that Primavera (the eighth song on Sunday’s program) was a difficult piece to play.”

Ms McErlain said that while Einaudi has been quite well known in Europe for a number of years, his global popularity has only more recently been realised.

“In the last few years his popularity and recognition has exploded,” she said.

“He is now recognised worldwide as a prolific film composer and concert performer.”

Einaudi is the most streamed classical artist in the world, with his most recent album “Elements” reaching #12 in the UK charts – the highest ever position for a classical pianist.

His compositions have been used in feature films including Black Swan, Intouchables and The Water Diviner as well as in many television shows and commercials.

Attendees at the WAG concert can expect a mesmerising, thoughtful, often introspective contemporary classical performance.

The concert is free to attend, although seating is limited.

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