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Covid Concert Series: 2020

This 2020 live-stream concert series is still available to view!

What: The ProArts Covid Concert Series: 2020
Where: online!
When: Various Wednesdays from April 29 – December 23, 2020

The ProArts Society had to put our in-person concerts on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we were very excited to bring you free, online concerts through spring and summer 2020, featuring a wide range of talented musicians. Enjoy them again by clicking the links below!

The ProArts Live-Stream concert series 2020 were:

From Their Home to Yours

  1. April 29: Edmond Agopian: Solo Violin Music by J.S. Bach
  2. June 24: Tricia Edwards: solo jazz piano “Music and Musing in the Time of Quarantine”
  3. July 22: Laura Brandt (soprano) with Evan Mounce (piano): “It Makes No Difference Abroad – Songs and Texts of Emily Dickinson
  4. August 26: Ayush Ghosh: solo classical sitar “Strings of Hope”
  5. September 16: Tim Williams: solo Blues Guitar

Plus two additional concerts!

  1. March 24: MRU Conservatory Academy Student Solo Recitals
  2. December 23: Foothills Brass Christmas Concert

Artist Bios

Mount Royal University Conservatory Academy – March 24, 2020
ProArts is delighted to be partnering with the Mount Royal University Conservatory Academy in the video presentation of select students from their Advanced Performance Program.

The Advanced Performance Program is an engaging performance-based program meant to advance performance technique, musicianship, and collaboration skills with a focus on future professional goals.

Edmond Agopian – April 29, 2020
A violin graduate of the Juilliard School, Edmond Agopian is a Professor at the University of Calgary, and Music Director of the Calgary Youth Orchestra at Mount Royal University Conservatory. He has been awarded the Calgary Arts Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal and the J. P. L. Roberts Distinguished Professorship in Fine Arts.
As a violinist, he has been featured on CBC, French and English radio programs, Radio Europa, and as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He is First Violin of the U of C String Quartet in Residence.
Conducting work has included performances with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
For twenty summers he was on the faculty of the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival at Mount Royal University Conservatory, in Beijing, Shanghai, and Gdansk, Poland.

Tricia Edwards – June 24, 2020
Tricia Edwards’ musical journey has taken many diverse paths. With formative years spent training and performing in the classical realm, to more recent years playing in the jazz idiom, to her current passion in exploring the world of latin music, Tricia seeks to incorporate all of these
languages into her musical expression.
She earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Alberta, with summer studies at the Banff Centre and Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Studies in jazz resulted in the release in 2008 of her debut jazz recording “Joyspring.” Her sophomore recording “Intaglios”, released January 2018, met with a great reception, including charting on the National Earshot jazz charts, winning a Gold Medal for album and composition in September 2018 from the Global Music Awards and winning MusicYYC’s Best Jazz Recording of the Year for 2018.
Tricia now maintains a full schedule based in Calgary, working as a solo artist, as leader of her own jazz trio/quartet, as a classical collaborative pianist and as the bandleader of the salsa band “Klave.”

Laura Brandt and Evan Mounce – July 22, 2020
Hailed as a “tour-de-force” and a “powerhouse soprano” Laura Brandt has performed across North America and Europe and now resides in Calgary. Recent credits include Lily (The Secret Garden) with Theatre Calgary and Rosalinda (The Bat) with Cowtown Opera. Laura was a member of the Emerging Artist Development Program with Calgary Opera for two seasons. Laura has performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, The Festival Chorus, Spiritus Chamber Choir, The Mountain View Chamber Festival, The Calgary Civic Symphony, Avalon Waterways, The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Opera on the Avalon and Cowtown Opera. Laura has a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and a Master of Music in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory.

Pianist Evan Mounce is a répétiteur with Calgary Opera, accompanist for both the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and the Cantaré Children’s Choir, and past Resident Music Director for Cowtown Opera. As a vocal coach Evan worked closely with k.d. lang, preparing her for her 25th anniversary tour of Ingénue across Canada. Evan has trained at Opera on the Avalon, St. Andrew’s by the Sea Opera Workshop, the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Opera NUOVA and the Mountainview International Festival of Song and Chamber Music. Evan holds a MMus from the University of Toronto in saxophone performance and currently studies piano with Kathleen van Mourik. His favourite artistic collaboration is with his wife, soprano Laura Brandt.

Ayush Ghosh – August 26, 2020
Ayush Ghosh garnered significant success in the field of Classical Music at an early age. In October 2007, at a public performance in Singapore and to Indian media thereafter, Ayush has been regarded as an exceptional talent beyond his age and was proclaimed a “Child Prodigy”. Recognized as an outstanding musician by Asian and Western maestros, Ayush was regarded as the youngest professional sitar player in the world. The virtuosity and creativity exhibited in his performances have earned him rave reviews with media and music organizations globally.
Ayush is the recipient of numerous accolades, most notably, Compelling Calgarian 2018 by the Calgary Herald, the Immigrants of Distinction Award 2017 and the Youth of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture 2014. Ayush has made a positive impact on the Canadian music scene with numerous notable solo recitals which include a private recital for His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
His passion for Indian Classical Music compelled Ayush to establish the “Academy of Indian Classical Music” in Calgary in 2015. Globally, Ayush is involved as an advisory member of “Sangeet Piyasi”, a non-profit music organization based in India.
2018 marked the release of his first professional album Bridging Borders, a masterpiece with obvious and deliberate western influences.

Tim Williams – September 16, 2020
Tim Williams‘ career began in the coffee houses of Southern California in the mid-1960s and continues today around the world from his home base on the Canadian Prairies. Tim has played festivals, folk clubs, concert halls and roadhouses from Rabat, Morocco, to Melbourne, Australia, and from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, all to huge acclaim. His guitar skills are frequently compared to Ry Cooder and David Lindley (and like them, Tim plays a wealth of other string instruments), and his songwriting has won praise from the likes of Tom Russel and Willie Nelson. A string of Maple Blues Award nominations (Toronto Blues Society), three JUNO award nominations (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) , five Betty Mitchell Awards for composition/musical direction in theatre, and roughly a dozen awards from Real Blues magazine (as artist, guitarist, producer) attest to the high caliber of his work. Tim was also honoured as Guitarist Of The Year for 2012 by the Calgary Blues Music Association. In 2014 the same CBMA awarded him with a lifetime achievement award and Hall of Fame induction. In 2016 and 2017 Tim has been nominated for a Maple Blues Award as Acoustic Act of the Year (also Guitarist of the Year for 2016). His most recent cd , So Low in late 2015, made #2 on Roots Music Report’s Acoustic Blues CD of the Year chart, and his recent recording with Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Big City Back Country Blues, won the 2017 YYCmusic Award for Best Blues Recording. 

Foothills Brass – December 23, 2020
Foothills Brass was founded in 1981 and is dedicated to exceptional artistic presentation, meaningful educational activities, and innovative leadership in the artistic community. They have produced six CDs to date, most recently Stampede!” released in late 2008. 
The group has built its reputation around an eclectic repertoire, which enhances an audience’s ability to appreciate and understand music. The ensemble has an established tradition of balancing well-known with unfamiliar repertoire. Canadian works are routinely included, encouraging audiences to become better acquainted with the artistry of Canada
Foothills Brass’ pre-recorded concert includes music from their recording “It’s Christmas” and features Chris Morrison, trumpet; Jean Francois Cotnoir, tuba; Jay Michalak, trumpet and Rosalee Morrison, French horn.