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Red Deer pianist Dale Wheeler will perform a Beethoven sonata and Grieg’s interpretation of Norwegian folk music during his Themes and Variations recital on Sunday.

Wheeler to perform Beethoven

Red Deer pianist Dale Wheeler will perform a Beethoven sonata and Grieg’s interpretation of Norwegian folk music during his Themes and Variations recital on Sunday.

The RDC music instructor and chair of performing arts will tackle the exotic harmonies of Spanish composer Federico Mompou’s Variations on a Theme of Chopin at the Arts Centre Mainstage. The piece features 12 variations on Chopin’s well known Prelude in A Major.

As well, Wheeler will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in A-flat, and Edvard Grieg’s Ballade, Opus 24, which is comprised of 14 variations on a Norwegian folk tune.

Wheeler, who has a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma and a degree from the Trinity College of Music in London, England, has taught post-secondary music students for more than 20 years. He has also been involved as recitalist, adjudicator, accompanist or clinician in music events throughout the world, including a recent conference in Serbia and workshop in Korea.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. recital are $15.25 ($12.25 RDC staff/ $11.25 children, students, seniors) from Ticketmaster.

Hip-hop artists play Pussy Cat Lounge

Two hip-hop heavyweights will hit the Pussy Cat Lounge in Red Deerm as The Scale Breakers.

MCs Stephen “Subway” McGruther and Guy Woods are best known for their video Free, which is played by MuchMusic programs.

The duo that linked up in Victoria are known for having a smooth delivery and soaring vocal range. Having toured with the Canadian hip-hop pioneer Maestro’s 20th anniversary tour, The Scale Breakers (also called “the New Jazz”) put on hard-hitting, high-energy shows.

They’ve shared the stage with Sean Kingston, Swollen Members, GZA, Beatnuts, Joe Budden and Royce Da of The Slaughterhouse.

The Scale Breakers perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Pussy Cat Lounge, 4720 50th Ave. Tickets are $21 from the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

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