Hungarian vocalist Noémi Kiss performs with classical guitarist Rita Deane on Jan. 29.

Hungarian vocalist, classical guitarist performing at Creston’s St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church

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On Jan. 29, Hungarian vocalist Noémi Kiss and classical guitarist Rita Deane will perform a concert at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church featuring love songs from across the centuries.

The concert — made possible with the support of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance — will include a wide range of repertoire from early classical to contemporary, including works by Dowland, Sor, Giuliani, Rodrigo, Britten, Villa-Lobos, Sieber, as well as contemporary love songs and folk songs from around the world.

Kiss is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, whose voice has been described by critics as “gloriously lyrical over a strikingly wide range.” (BBC Music Magazine) With performances in many of Europe’s concert halls, Kiss’s concert engagements take her to many of Europe’s festivals and include appearances in Iceland, Norway and Israel.

Born in Hungary, Kiss studied at the Academy of Music in Budapest and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her recording of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Marian Vespers, with New College Choir and the Academy of Ancient Music under Edward Higginbottom, was nominated for both the Gramophone Award and the classical Grammy Award.

Deane grew up in the Kootenays and studied both classical guitar and piano from age six. She continued her musical studies at the University of Victoria, and then abroad in Cordoba, Spain, as well as at the International Music Academy in Salzburg, Austria. While completing her master’s degree, she joined the guitar faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Deane has served as an examiner and as an adjudicator at various festivals, including the Northwest Guitar Festival, and is one of the founding faculty of the Kaslo Guitar Fest.

The duo will be performing at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Tickets are $20, available at Black Bear Books, Kingfisher Used Books and Creative Fix.


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