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Harry &Martha Cohen Foundation Emerging Artist Concert Series

Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation Emerging Artist Concert Series



Who:     The ProArts@Noon Concert Series Presents:
What:   The Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation Emerging Artist Concert Series
Where: Cathedral Church (corner of 7 Ave and 1 Street SE)
When:   Various Wednesdays – June 21 through to October 18, 2017
Tickets: Free to the public

The ProArts@Noon Concert Series is pleased to announce a unique series of five concerts featuring Emerging artists. The term “Emerging” refers to the stage of artistic development, professional accomplishment, and recognition that the artist has achieved to date.

The Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation recently awarded Calgary’s ProArts Society funding to undertake the Emerging Artist Concert Series, which will feature a diverse selection of performing arts genres. This special series will be part of the ProArts@Noon weekly schedule of Wednesday concerts.

Now in its fifteenth season, the ProArts@Noon Concert Series is a free, noon hour concert series presented by the ProArts Society, who rent the historic Cathedral Church in the heart of Calgary’s Cultural District for their weekly concerts.



  1. June 21      The Jansen Sisters
  2. Aug 09       Holly Blazina, Flamenco guitar
  3. Aug 30       Eric Nyland, pianist          
  4. 4. Sept 20  Anastassiia Moussatova and guests; Flamenco dance and music
  5. Oct 18         Mosaic String Quartet


  1. June 21  The Jansen Sisters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The JansenSisters sing acoustic covers and originals, boasting tight harmonies and incorporating a variety of instruments.  Cassidy, Micah and Alixx began singing as a means to make money for a trip to DisneyLand when they were in late elementary school.  Now they perform at Markets, Festivals, Community Centres and recently hosted their first full-length concert.  This summer they will be recording a new CD of the originals they have been penning over the past couple of years about life, family, friends and faith.  They love to laugh and draw people into their experience with their stories and the stories in their songs.
  2. Aug 09 Holly Blazina, Flamenco guitar

Flamenco guitarist Holly Blazina creates an immersive world of beauty and sound that draws in music lovers and Flamenco aficionados alike. Holly has had the good fortune of studying intensively with renowned artists both in Spain and North America.

Having completed a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance in 1994, Holly loves to share her knowledge with aspiring guitarists as well as professional musicians, offering private lessons, accompaniment classes, workshops and online courses. Her original compositions have recently won awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and FACTOR.


  1. Aug 30 Eric Nyland, piano

A concert pianist and professional actor, Eric Nyland  holds Associate and Licentiate Performance Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music, is a Registered Music Teacher with RCM Advanced Teacher Specialization, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta. He has performed throughout Western Canada as an actor for theatre, film, and voiceover, and has held solo concerts in Edmonton and Calgary, performing through the National Music Centre’s Street Sounds series and the Pro Arts Society. In 2015, Eric appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto for the inaugural concert of the Calgary Arts Orchestra.  He is the 2013 winner of the Jack Friedenberg Memorial Scholarship for pianists.


  1.  Sept 20 Anastassiia Moussatova and Guests; Flamenco dance and music

Fascinated with the beauty and expressive power of ballet, Anastassiia started dancing in Moscow at the age of five. After moving to Canada to pursue graduate studies at the University of Calgary, and after exploring various other dance forms, she found her ultimate inspiration in flamenco. As well as Canada, her flamenco studies have taken her to Spain, the United States, and Mexico. Most recently, following her passion to connect with the roots of flamenco, Anastassiia has begun intensive training in Madrid, Spain. There, she has been studying with flamenco legends “La Tati” and Merche Esmeralda, as well as other acclaimed teachers, including Manuel Reyes, Miguel Cañas, and Carmen La Talegona.

Presently, she splits her time, traveling between Spain and Canada, and continues to share her love for flamenco, teaching at the Fiona Malena Flamenco Academy in Calgary.

Anastassiia will be joined by musicians as well as guest flamenco dancer Jessica Penalver-Cote.


  1. Oct 18 Mosaic String Quartet

Mosaic String Quartet founder and cellist Tyler Stewart is currently completing a Bachelor of Music with Beth Root Sandvoss at the University of Calgary. He has attended the international festival academies of Domaine Forget in Quebec, and the Accademia Europea dell’Opera, in Lucca, Italy, where he performed as Principal Cello of the orchestra for the 2016 season.

An avid chamber musician, he has appeared as a substitute for the Lily String Quartet.

His music education includes training in voice, flute, and piano, and he enjoys collaborating with other performers of those instruments. International performances include chamber music and opera as part of the Accademia Europea dell’Opera, where he performed as principal cellist of the orchestra.



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