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Piano Concert for Pancreatic Cancer

Thursday July 3rd and Friday July 4th @ 12 pm
Gordon & Leslie Diamond Family Theatre : 675 West 10th Ave, Vancouver

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer: among patients diagnosed with this disease only about 6% survive, and since there are no early detection tests, most patients have an advanced disease by the time they are diagnosed.

I started doing research on pancreatic cancer when I became aware of these terrible statistics, and over the past months, it has turned into the main focus of my research at the BC Cancer Agency. During the long hours in the lab or at my desk, a thought that often comes to mind is that behind those numbers there are people who are waiting for a change, and many for whom time runs out.

I will leave Vancouver soon, and I may not be able to continue doing research in cancer in the long term. A few weeks ago therefore I started to think of doing something else, if possible very personal, to advance this cause. And what can be more personal than music? I'm not a pianist by profession, but I do have formal classical training. Piano Concert for Pancreatic Cancer - or simply PC^2 is a personal way with which I want to express solidarity with those whose have to struggle against this horrible disease, and to invite all to contribute to their cause.

All the profits of PC^2 will be donated to the BC Cancer Foundation to support research in pancreatic cancer done at the Pancreas Centre BC.

What is PC^2?

The format of PC^2 will be that of a formal classical piano recital (no scores, silence requested during the execution of compositions), but adapted to an audience with a busy schedule: You are welcome to bring your own lunch and to arrive or leave when you think best. A couple of local shops have agreed to support the event with some refreshments. I am not a professional pianist, but I can assure you that I am working hard to make the interpretation of these classical pieces meet high quality standards. The detailed program is:

Waltz No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (Frédéric Chopin)
Nocturne No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1 (Frédéric Chopin)
Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, Op. posth. (Frédéric Chopin)
Piano Sonata No. 8 (Sonata Pathétique) in C minor, Op. 13 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
- Grave Allegro di molto e con brio
- Adagio cantabile
- Rondo: Allegro
Arabesque No. 1 in E major (Claude Debussy)
Intermezzo No. 1 in E minor (Manuel M. Ponce)
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia" (Moonlight Sonata), Op. 27, No. 2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
- Adagio sostenuto
- Allegretto
- Presto agitato

PC^2 will take place Thursday July 3rd and Friday July 4th, 2014 at 12:00 noon, in the BCCRC auditorium. The program will be the same on both days.
Gordon & Leslie Diamond Family Theatre
BC Cancer Agency Research Centre
675 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Admission will be by donation (cash, cheque or electronic, through this page). Donors giving more than $10 can request a receipt for tax purposes. You can donate to the BC Cancer Foundation in support of this event by clicking on the button "Make a donation", at the right of this page.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Pacey's Pianos, making available a Mason and Hamlin, 5'8" grand piano.

Who am I?

My name is Mario Jardon. I am a postdoctoral researcher at the BC Cancer Agency.