Sarah Hagen

Sarah Hagen Pianist

Pianist and Humourist

Awarded as Ontario Contact’s 2017 Artist of the Year, the British Columbia Touring Council’s 2015 Artist of the Year, a
First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and mentioned by The Guardian
(Charlottetown) as the Best Classical Performance of 2014, Sarah Hagen is making an impact in communities across Canada and
beyond. Her interpretations have been described as outstandingly inventive” [University of Waterloo Gazette], “played
flawlessly” [Review Vancouver] and “with great sensitivity and heart.” [Vernon Morning Star]. Touring as both a solo pianist
and as a comedienne, “Hagen reminds us the beauty of how an honest solo performance can make you so easily fall in love
with its performer.” [Montreal Rampage]  
 
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Sarah Hagen’s Programmes

 

Sarah brings her unique blend of humour and excellence to the stage in personal and intimate recitals.

Sarah brings her unique blend of humour and excellence to the stage in personal and intimate recitals. Breaking down barriers with her engaging personality and hilarious sense of fun, she warmly invites listeners into the incredible and distinct world of classical music. Programme themes include music inspired by birds and birdsong, and a musical menagerie, music inspired by all sorts of animals. For more traditional concert societies, Sarah also offers a breathtaking and virtuosic programme with masterworks by Chopin, Haydn, and Rachmaninov.

Recitals in Big & Small Halls

Sarah brings her unique blend of humour and excellence to the stage in personal and intimate recitals.

Sarah brings her unique blend of humour and excellence to the stage in personal and intimate recitals. Breaking down barriers with her engaging personality and hilarious sense of fun, she warmly invites listeners into the incredible and distinct world of classical music. Programme themes include music inspired by birds and birdsong, and a musical menagerie, music inspired by all sorts of animals. For more traditional concert societies, Sarah also offers a breathtaking and virtuosic programme with masterworks by Chopin, Haydn, and Rachmaninov.

Flights of Music & Wine

In a more casual performance, Sarah brings to life her blog ARTIST WINES! – uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets.

In a more casual performance, Sarah brings to life her blog ARTIST WINES! – Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets, Sarah offers a remarkable and enchanting evening of music paired with wine. Each piece is matched with a vintage that captures the essence of the music.

In a more casual performance, Sarah brings to life her blog ARTIST WINES! – Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets, Sarah offers a remarkable and enchanting evening of music paired with wine. Each piece is matched with a vintage that captures the essence of the music.

Sarah Hagen Perk Up! Pianist
Perk Up! Pianist
A one-woman, sit-down, musical comedy show

“Her comic timing is as solid as her musical meter.” [The Edmonton Journal]

Described as “one of the best hours I’ve ever spent at the Fringe” [The Coast (Halifax)], with five-out-of-six shows SOLD OUT at Edmonton Fringe Festival, Perk Up, Pianist! tells the tale of a touring classical musician remaining optimistic in the midst of challenging and ridiculous situations. “Her comic timing is as solid as her musical meter.” [The Edmonton Journal]

Described as “one of the best hours I’ve ever spent at the Fringe” [The Coast (Halifax)], with five-out-of-six shows SOLD OUT at Edmonton Fringe Festival, Perk Up, Pianist! tells the tale of a touring classical musician remaining optimistic in the midst of challenging and ridiculous situations. “Her comic timing is as solid as her musical meter.” [The Edmonton Journal]

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Recitals in Big & Small Halls

Sarah brings her unique blend of humour and excellence to the stage in personal and intimate recitals. Breaking down barriers with her engaging personality and hilarious sense of fun, she warmly invites listeners into the incredible and distinct world of classical music. Programme themes include music inspired by birds and birdsong, and a musical menagerie, music inspired by all sorts of animals. For more traditional concert societies, Sarah also offers a breathtaking and virtuosic programme with masterworks by Chopin, Haydn, and Rachmaninov.

 

In lecture recitals, audiences are treated to a feast for the ears, gain insight into the pianist’s perspective, and enjoy discussion over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Sarah promotes a relatively informal ambiance, providing opportunity to ask questions, or share opinions.

“After four informal at-home sessions with Sarah Hagen, I am entranced by her disarming unselfconsciousness and sense of fun, and stunned by her technical skill and musicianship. What a privilege!”  — Colin Park, past participant

Presenters and hosts may wish to book a single programme, a package of several lectures, or an entire weekend of these highly successful sessions.

EXAMPLES OF RECITAL TOPICS:
Franz Joseph Haydn: a full-bellied artist, living it up with the Esterházy family
Ludwig van Beethoven: the piano as a symphonic force
Edvard Grieg: enchanting music of Norway
Isaac Albeniz: romantic and smoky, the Spanish piano
Frédéric Chopin: I left my heart in San Fran, er, Poland
J.S. Bach: the beloved Lutheran genius
Claude Debussy: Symbolist or Impressionist?
Francis Poulenc: Finding a balance, or exploiting dichotomies?
Erik Satie: Quirky, brave, and insightful
Robert Schumann: Florestan and Eusebius – Playing with or haunted by?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mannheim Rockets, Operatic Sighs and Bliss
Muzio Clementi: An even greater virtuoso than Mozart?
Johannes Brahms: Love in every bite
Clara Schumann: The original Superwoman
Wonder Women! – An introduction to female composers

 

 

Perk Up! Pianist – Sarah Hagen’s one-woman, sit-down musical comedy show

Often referred to as the next Victor Borge, Sarah has transformed her award-winning role as “concert pianist” into a stand-up, or rather, sit-down comedy. Pairing anecdotes with music, “Perk up, pianist!” takes audiences deep inside the world of a classical musician as she shares her earnest efforts to keep her spirits up in the midst of troublesome times. Described as “one of the best hours I’ve ever spent at the Fringe” [The Coast (Halifax)], “Perk up, pianist!” tells the tale of a touring classical musician remaining optimistic in the midst of challenging and ridiculous situations. Of the show’s debut at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Montreal Rampage wrote, “Hagen reminds us the beauty of how an honest solo performance can make you so easily fall in love with its performer.”

Select theatre performances of Perk Up! Pianist include Vernon Performing Arts Centre, The ACT Arts Centre, Surrey City Hall, and the Evergreen Cultural Centre. The show has also enjoyed successful runs at the Halifax, Edmonton, Toronto, Island, Fundy and Atlantic Fringe Festivals over the last two summers.
 
 
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Flights of Music & Wine

In a more casual performance, Sarah brings to life her blog ARTIST WINES! – Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets, Sarah offers a remarkable and enchanting evening of music paired with wine. Each piece is matched with a vintage that captures the essence of the music.

 

Beyond the Stage with Sarah Hagen

School Workshop
The Story of Babar the Little Elephant Sarah Hagen offers a classroom project of Jean de Brunhoff’s The Story of Babar the Elephant performed with narrator and music of Francis Poulenc. During the workshop students create illustrations to go along with the story. The drawings are then projected during a live performance, creating the effect of a giant storybook. Also possible to be performed in French.

Seniors Outreach
Sarah strongly feels that classical music thrives outside of the recital hall, and is keen to bring performances to long-term care facilities and similar settings whenever possible.

 
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