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Meet Chris Donnelly… one of Canada’s best-kept secrets

by on March 22, 2012

On Tuesday April 3 at 7:30pm the Spotlight Onstage Series gears up for another intimate and beautifully warm concert experience featuring up-and-coming musician Chris Donnelly. Donnelly represents a new generation of jazz pianists, composers, and improvisers dedicated to creating programs that are engaging, entertaining, and educating. In September 2008, Chris released Solo, his Juno-nominated, debut album featuring a blend of original material and arrangements of jazz standards. Praised by The Globe and Mail as “… a jaw dropping debut,” Donnelly has since become known for his virtuosic performances, musicality, versatility, and ability to captivate audiences.

In March 2011, Donnelly released an album of original music inspired by the works of graphic artist M.C. Escher.  Entitled Metamorphosis, the 50-minute composition starts with a single theme; each movement draws inspiration from the previous one, changing subtly and seamlessly, until the music arrives at the initial theme again.  The album also features a reproduction of Escher’s work and an original poem by Toronto’s Poet Laureate, Giorgio Di Cicco.

Donnelly holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto where he studied with David Braid, Gary Williamson, Paul Read, Kirk MacDonald Alexander Rapoport and Russell Hartenberger.  Upon completing his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto, he was awarded The Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award for students “deemed to have the greatest potential to make an important contribution to the field of music.”

Don’t miss an evening of music that will captivate your senses, by what All About Jazz calls “…one of Canada’s best-kept secrets.”

Tickets for Chris Donnelly are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at

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