Piano Society celebrates 25 years in the Valley

Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Theo Lemay enjoying the benefit of the CVPS piano.

Theo Lemay enjoying the benefit of the CVPS piano.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Comox Valley Piano Society is pleased to present a special Variety Benefit Concert featuring several of the Valley’s finest musicians.

This event will be held at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Proceeds will go to the CVPS music awards fund which has been supporting promising music students in the Comox Valley for a quarter of a century.

Two outstanding local young pianists will be featured in the program.

Opening the concert will be Towa Stewart. Towa, at the age of 13, already has an impressive list of awards: winner of the Chopin Piano Competition (2012); winner of the Virginia Gracek Music Scholarship (2013); winner of Junior B Piano, BC Festival of the Arts (2014).

Thomas Drew, another rising talent, was last year’s winner of the Marie Josephine Richard Scholarship Competition administered by the CVPS.

Local pianist/accompanist/teacher, Erik Taynen, has invited several of his friends to join him in rounding out the concert: Dagmar Kilian,Tracy Canil, Eleanore Krullaarts, Tanya Renaud, Tom Spratt, Tlell Mooney, Eve Mark, Tony Morrison and Peter Walker. All these musicians are known in the Valley as seasoned performers and several are also inspiring teachers.

True to its name, this concert will be diverse in musical styles: a jazz saxophone/piano duet; an Italian art song; a Mozart trio for viola, piano and clarinet; a Schubert Impromtu; and a Bach Suite for cello.

There will be a variety of ensembles: duos, trios and of course piano solos.

You will hear many favourites: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Debussy’s Reflets Dans L’Eau and Brahms’ Rhapsody in G minor, to name but a few.

This concert has been planned as a family event. The music is varied, interesting and tuneful; just over an hour in length and reasonably priced.

Tickets are $10 with a family pass of $30, available at Laughing Oyster Bookstore or Blue Heron Books. Family passes are available only at the door.

For more information, contact Donna at 250-338-3329.

 

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