Armed with a clarinet, a piano and their personable stage presence, Kornel Wolak and Chris Donnelly present a remarkable blend of classical and jazz music rarely heard in live performance.
From revered classical pieces such as Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, to Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue, and Oscar Peterson’s classic Hymn to Freedom, Chris and Kornel captivate audiences with virtuosity, familiar melodies and a profound passion for music and performing.
Throughout the program, Chris and Kornel also showcase their talent as solo artists. Kornel’s selections include J.S Bach’s violin works transcribed for the clarinet. Chris’s solo works include classics from The Great American Songbook and the Disney Songbook such as Hoagy Carmichael’s Georgia and So This is Love from Disney’s Cinderella.
I have been on the board of Performing Arts Lakefield (PAL) seven years and not seen a performance that satisfied our audience like this before. Kornel and Chris presented a beautiful program that surpassed any audience expectations. Their musical expertise coupled with their humour and personal interaction drew the audience in a very engaging manner. They certainly make a great team. They were spectacular.
Bill Robb, President
Performing Arts Lakefield
We wanted to thank you again for coming to Lindsay and letting us experience a truly amazing Donnelly/Wolak Concert. Your talent coupled with your stage presence creates true enjoyment to both watch and listen to. At times it almost seemed at though you were singing through your instrument. You play with such ease and control. Thanks again for sharing your talents.
Just had to let you and Chris know the feedback that I have been getting in the store since your concert has been overwhelming! You two certainly wowed Lakefield. Comments such as “this was the best concert ever“! The youngest member gift was a hit – so much that they have asked us to donate chocolate again to the youngest member – and I have molds for chocolate instruments that would be appropriate!
The audience at the Performing Arts Lakefield concert were spellbound by Wolak and Donnelly and they were clamoring for a CD which featured both amazing performers. Although they were here only a few hours, they persuaded the local chocolatier to donate a gift package to the youngest member of the audience. They are charming, delightful and bound for glory.
– Lucille Strath, Performing Arts Lakefield Board
Wow, what a fantastic pair. They gave us one of the best concerts we have had. Their musicianship is incredible. As an old clarinet player I can attest to Kornel’s great skill especially in the pianissimo passages. Chris’s command of very different styles of piano playing are amazing. They complement each other perfectly. For a pair who came together by accident, they are a superb match. They are also both very personable and great to talk to. Please give them our thanks for a very memorable and wonderful concert
– Chris, Performing Arts Lakefield