Canellakis-Brown Duo

Published on January 09, 2024

Cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist-composer Michael Stephen Brown

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Jan. 9, 2024 [Lakewood] – Cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist-composer Michael Stephen Brown curate an eclectic program featuring time-loved classics, little-known gems, and original works. The infectious rapport of these adventurous young talents is sure to captivate the audience at the Lakewood Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22.

The affectionate, brutally honest and inimitable style of the Canellakis-Brown Duo showcases classics alongside rarely heard pieces and their own heartfelt compositions and wild arrangements. The (b)romance program offers a preview of the duo’s new album to be released in 2024 and showcases a soulful, virtuosic, and downright fun selection of music. A highlighted piece in the program, Prelude and Dance, originated as a solo cello work for Nicholas until Michael rewrote the piece to include a piano part for himself. The new arrangement performed by the duo creates a dissonance between a languid first movement and a breakneck rhythm in the second. Another featured arrangement, Romance á GF, is a mysterious composition written in 2022 for the (b)romance album. Nicholas describes it as starting “like a lonely, dark music box before evolving into a sense of lyricism. It has an air of mystery, like a little dream whose meaning we’ll never know.”

Canellakis and Brown each maintain formidable solo careers while also performing as a duo. Both musicians are longtime artists with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and recent engagements include performing at Lincoln Center, Rockport Music, and Wolf Trap in Washington, D.C.

Looking for a sweet Valentine's gift? Give the gift of tickets to the Canellakis-Brown Duo performance and celebrate with dinner and a show the following week!

Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now at 303-987-7845, or the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and West Alameda Avenue).