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Young Canadian pianist Ian Parker mesmerizes audiences with his talent and stage presence

TORONTO, February 3, 2004 - On Sunday, February 22, the Music with Bite family concert series presents In Concert featuring Ian Parker. Parker's work at the piano is sensitive, intelligent and technically dazzling. The programme for this concert includes works from Chopin, Clementi, Liszt, Louie and Schubert. In Concert takes place at 1 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are $8 each or $25 for four tickets. For tickets and information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

This piano genius is another member of the talented Parker family of piano poets. Born in 1978, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward J. Parker. A Vancouver native, Ian Parker has played Carnegie's Weill Hall, appeared as soloist with major orchestras, given recitals in Canada, the United States, Europe and Israel, and won countless competitions. For two years running, The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded an educational grant for Parker to study at the Juilliard School of Music (New York) where he is completing the Master of Music program. In 1998, The Canada Council for the Arts awarded Parker the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the most talented Canadian artist. Parker has also taught Susan Sarandon to play the piano for her role in the feature film, Twilight.

Music with Bite is an intimate, refreshing experience; children can sit up close to the artists and can ask them questions after the concert, while enjoying complimentary milk and cookies. Music with Bite, a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario, is designed to bring families to Harbourfront Centre and give them the opportunities to sample music of all styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the artists selected to perform at the concerts bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programmes. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada has, since 1949, dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of music for young people. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada is a member of Jeunesses Musicales International.

Music with Bite is co-produced with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.


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