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Renowned pianist to give recital

Internationally renowned concert pianist and recording artist Margaret Bruce will give a recital at St John’s Church, Pembroke, on November 27, proceeds of which will benefit PALS, Bermuda’s cancer care charity.

In addition to works by Schubert, Chopin, and Janacek, the artist will perform works especially composed for her by the award-winning Czech composer, Antonin Tucapsky.

Canadian-born Miss Bruce began her music studies at the Toronto Conservatory in her mid-teens, before going on to the Royal Academy of Music in the UK. There she won a scholarship for further studies in Vienna.

Her formal British debut took place in 1968 with recitals at Winchester Cathedral and London’s Wigmore Hall.

She is the mother of identical triplet sons.

Since then, the artist has performed and broadcast extensively in Britain, Europe and North America, and has also debuted new works.

Renowned composers have written works especially for her, among them Jean Coulthard, Violet Archer, and Sir Lennox Berkley, but Antonin Tucapsky takes pride of place.

She has also recorded three albums.

Critics have hailed Miss Bruce’s performances as “brilliant”, “powerful”, “thoughtful and energetic”, and “exquisite, excellent and really ravishing”.

The November 27 recital will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets ($35) are available from PALS volunteers and the PALS office at 18 Point Finger Road, Paget (236-7257).

PALS provides quality care, support and assistance to Bermuda cancer patients and their families. Founded in 1980, the registered charity relies solely donations from the generous people of Bermuda as well as its own on-going fund-raising efforts in order to to continue its invaluable work.

The struggle to keep pace with the ever-rising costs of equipment and supplies, and particularly drugs, is unrelenting, much to the concern of PALS president and CEO Ann Smith-Gordon.

“It now costs us $100,000 a month to operate,” she said. “If it wasn’t for our very generous supporters, we could not survive.

“We are deeply grateful to Miss Bruce for kindly offering to share her talents in support of PALS, and we hope that the public will turn out in force to enjoy what I am sure will be a wonderful event.”

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Published November 22, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 22, 2011 at 8:09 am)

Renowned pianist to give recital

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