Phillip Manning and Robert Holliston each have plenty of experience performing with classical music groups in Greater Victoria. (Submitted)

WATCH: Phillip Manning and Robert Holliston to team up on works by German composers

Schumann, Brahms, and more featured in Jan. 13 concert at St. Michaels Church in Chemainus

Chemainus Classical Concerts presents Exploring German Composers with violinist Philip Manning and pianist Robert Holliston at St. Michael’s Church on Sunday, Jan. 13, starting at 2 p.m.

Gifted and passionate about his music, Manning is a recent addition to the Victoria Symphony.

The Symphony describes him as “equally at home as a solo, orchestral, or chamber musician.” His playing has been described as ‘virtuosic’, ‘passionate’ and Manning has been praised for his attention to detail. A multiple award-winner for his solo and chamber performances, he has delighted audiences in both Canada and the United States.

Since his return to the Island, he’s been a busy soloist.

In Sunday’s show, he joins forces with Holliston: a versatile pianist who works with Pacific Opera Victoria and also makes frequent guest appearances on CBC Radio. Holliston has given pre-performance lectures for POV since 1993 and has served as its répétiteur, chorus master and principal coach. He hosts the free community series Inside Opera with Robert Holliston, as well as the new community education series, Opera Motifs, and many other community engagement events.

Holliston is also head of keyboard at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where he teaches piano and music history and acts as vocal and chamber music coach. He was a founding director of the VCM Opera Studio and has conducted many classes in Canada and the U.S. He has recorded CDs with the popular salon ensemble Viveza, trombonist Ian McDougall, clarinetist Patricia Kostek, tenor Ken Lavigne, Tom Holliston, Show Business Giants, and members of the Hornby Island Ensemble and has collaborated with many of Canada’s leading singers.

The pair will explore the expressive depths of works by Schumann, Brahms, and other great German masters in what is sure to be a feast for the ears.

Tickets for adults are $25 at the door. For music lovers under 18, that price drops to $10. You can get tickets in advance for $18 at a number of places. For more information: check out chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca

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