CORNER BROOK Getting to come home and share your love of music is an amazing feeling for Heather Tuach.
On Saturday Tuach will perform on her cello in concert with pianist Patil Harboyan at All Saints Anglican Church on Clarence Street.
Tuach is currently living in London, England where she has been a member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet since September 2008. When not performing with the quartet she also does some orchestral freelance work.
Tuach connected with the quartet through the Humber Valley Chamber Music Society. The group had played a concert for the society in February 2008 and had kept in contact with society organizer Roberte Diemer. When they lost their cellist they told Diemer about it and she contacted Tuach.
Tuach was just finishing up a degree and decided to apply for the position. She submitted a CD of her work and was selected.
She said the quartet mostly plays for concert societies in England, but also does some travel abroad.
Joining the group has been a positive experience for her.
"It's great for me to come into that established group."
She said the opportunities it provides for performing through its rotating series are amazing. This she said is great because of how "intense" the music industry is in England.
"It's so competitive over there," said Tuach. "There's a lot more orchestras and things that you could do work with. But it's unbelievable the amount of musicians there are."
While the main purpose of coming home is to spend time with her family around the Corner Brook area, Tuach said she also wanted to perform a concert.
Tuach and Harboyan are in the process of preparing a CD together. So Tuach said it just made sense to invite her friend to come from Montreal to perform with her.
The two met at Stony Brook University in New York and first played together in a piano trio. Harboyan would later play in all of Tuach's recitals.
They last played together this past November at a Humber Valley Chamber Music Society concert.
Tuach said performing now so will give them an opportunity to work on the repertoire for the CD, which will feature Armenian cello and piano music.
Saturday's concert, titled Duo Tuach-Harboyan — Armenian Music for Cello and Piano, will feature pieces by Armenian composers Aram Khachaturian, Komitas Vardapet and Stepanian and Balyan. She said all the pieces have sort of a folk element to them.
"Some are more classical music with a tinge of Armenian. Others are just completely folk," said Tuach.
The duo has also invited a few guests to participate in the concert. Wendy Woodland will sing and Kendra Park (violin) and Gary Graham (piano) may also make an appearance. The concert will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased by contacting Tuach at 634-8168 or by email at email@example.com.
For anyone who misses this performance, Tuach and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet will be performing at the Tuckamore Festival in St. John's from Aug. 14 to 18.