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Nickle Family Foundation Young Artist Concert Series

Nickle Family Foundation Young Artist Concert Series

PROARTS @NOON CONCERTS PRESENTS

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Who: The ProArts@Noon Concert Series Presents
What: Nickle Family Foundation Young Artist Concert Series
Where: Cathedral Church (corner of 7 Ave and 1 Street SE)
When: Various Wednesdays – July 05 through to November 15, 2017
Tickets: Free to the public

The ProArts@Noon Concert Series is pleased to announce a unique series of five concerts featuring Young artists. The Nickle Family Foundation recently awarded Calgary’s ProArts Society funding to undertake the Young 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.

Emerging artists aren’t just young people with instruments and big ideas. They’re our future. Supporting emerging artists is an investment in our collective future – an investment in progressive, resourceful living. – Lauren Aguilera Brown

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.

The Nickle Family Foundation Young Artist Concert Series 2017 dates are

1. July 05 Brittany Rae, soprano & guests
2. August 23 12 Musas Flamenco Music and Dance Ensemble
3. September 27 Aya Mhana, Syrian folk
4. October 04 William Friedson, piano
5. November 15 Calgary Performing Arts Festival (formerly Kiwanis) 2017 award winner

Wednesday, July 05 Brittany Rae, soprano & guests

Featuring Brittany Rae, soprano; pianist Evan Mounce plus French-Canadian bass-baritone Simon Chalifoux. Having collaborated together on various projects with Calgary Opera and Cowtown Opera in the past year, these three artists will present a recital that explores the merging of the male and female voices.

Wednesday, August 23 12 Musas Flamenco Music and Dance Ensemble

12 Musas is a contemporary flamenco ensemble, exploring new ideas within the traditional forms, and moving beyond through improvisation in both music and dance.
Why the name 12 Musas? Many of the traditional flamenco forms are based on a musical measure which is 12 beats long. Our inspiration, our muses, are the 12 beats of the flamenco ompass.
12 Musas features Anastassiia Moussatova – dance; Jonathan Lewis – violin, viola; David Matyas – guitar and Mark Limacher – piano.

Wednesday, September 27 Aya Mhana, Syrian folk singer/songwriter

Aya Mhana graduated with a degree in education from the University of Damascus, is an accomplished singer-songwriter, performing festivals in Suwayda and Damascus, singing ballads in Arabic.
Back in Syria, Mhana sang original work, some of it dark and spiritual, much of it inspired by her work with charitable organizations. “I played my own music,” she says, “my own songs, in Arabic”.  And while it’s daunting, performing original compositions in Arabic for Calgary audiences, Mhana is slowly making inroads into the city’s musical community. She has formed a band, Hymn, with a musician from Iran and another from Turkey, all of whom now live in Calgary.

Wednesday, October 04 William Friedson, piano

Mr. Friedson performs mostly solo, and has more than twenty years of performance in piano performance. He has performed in many different capacities as a pianist, singer, and a music director. In New York, he played with his own Quartet, and as a sideman with Bob Mover, and Marcos Figuiera (Brazilian Jazz) to name a few. He also was in the Alligator Club Blues Band, which performed throughout New York State. He has played solo in many hotels including the New York Marriot and enjoys being as diverse as possible with his musical selections.

Wednesday,  Nov 15 Calgary Performing Arts Festival (formerly Kiwanis) 2017 award winner tba

In 1931, a small group of eager musicians decided to take their love of music to the next level by creating the Calgary Music Festival. The Festival began as a small competition but quickly grew so large that this small group of musicians approached the Kiwanis Clubs of Calgary and asked them to officially take ownership of the Festival, giving it the new title: The Calgary Kiwanis Festival. Since then, our Festival has become one of the greatest performing arts events in Calgary, and one of the largest amateur competitive festivals in North America.
The Calgary Kiwanis Festival expanded to include drama, making it no longer just a music festival but a performing arts festival. The Festival has also reached approximately 4,000 entries and 12,000 participants annually. In 2014 the Festival officially changed its name to the Calgary Performing Arts Festival.


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