Coats and chills were hastily discarded at the door. Energy and conversations buzzed through the lobby, echoing into anxiously awaiting rows of red velvet. Familiar faces caught up on their summer stories; old friends coming together for a delightful new season. The lights went down, and once again the Concert Series had begun.
Lulled by her soothing tone and charming narrative, Sarah Hagen’s “Perk Up Pianist” softly melted a full theatre into an intimate gathering. Intertwining her mesmerizing pieces, sweet stories, and cheeky humor, Sarah invites and entices you into her uniquely wonderful world. With light fingers and a light heart, she regaled with tales of stolen luggage, favourite composers, and how to stay Perked Up on dark days. With a sigh, smile, or sideways glance, she brought the audience right next to her; holding a one-on-one conversation with hundreds at a time.
Too soon it was over, and the audience left wanting more as they headed towards the doors. The theatre emptied; coats and chills returned. As the intimate group spread out into the night, energy and conversations continued to hum, eagerly discussing their return.