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Harry and Martha Cohen Emerging Artist Concert Series 2024

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 – July 24 through to October 16, 2024
Tickets: Free to the public

The ProArts@Noon Concert Series is pleased to announce a unique series of five concerts featuring Emerging performing 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 awarded Calgary’s ProArts Society funding to undertake the Emerging Artist Concert Series, which features a diverse selection of performing arts genres.

This special series is part of the ProArts@Noon weekly schedule of Wednesday concerts.

The ProArts@Noon Concert Series is a free, noon hour concert series presented by the ProArts Society. Concerts take place in the historic Cathedral Church in the heart of Calgary’s Cultural District.


  1. July 24 Anastasia Lykhorsherstova  violin/guitar duo 
  2. September 4 Miranda Martini singer-songwriter
  3. October 16 Duo Osensus piano
  4. October 23 Virginia Jessica Sparvier-Wells

July 24 Anastasia Lykhorsherstova  violin/guitar  duo 

Hailing from Kharkiv, Ukraine, Anastasia now lives in Calgary and is Principal First Violin at Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra.

September 4 Miranda Martini singer-songwriter

Miranda Martini is a musician, writer and composer. She co-wrote music for “John Ware Reimagined,” a musical about the life and impact of Alberta cowboy John Ware, and her face and voice can be seen and heard in the documentary John Ware Reclaimed. She is also a music director and dramaturg for theatre, and is currently working on a sci-fi musical.

Find her on Spotify and Soundcloud.

October 16 Duo Osensus piano

Acclaimed by the Fanfare Magazine as “tonally, technically, and musically superb”, Canadian cellist Luka Coetzee has always enjoyed the musical life combining the richness of art, travel, and performing. In October 2023, she received the first prize at the esteemed 7th International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, Finland. She is also the first prize winner of the 2022 Pablo Casals International Award and the 9th Johansen International Strings Competition. She is a top prize winner at the 8th Dotzauer International Competition for Young Cellists, the 6th UNISA International Strings Competition, the 2019 Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal Competition and the 2021 Shean Strings & Piano Competition.

Belgo-British pianist Nicolas Absalom is a prize winner of international piano competitions such as the International Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Dresden (DE) and laureate of the International Competition for Ostracised Music in Schwerin (DE).“ He has collaborated with orchestras such as the “Sinfonieorchester of the University of Music“ in Dresden, the “Siegfried Camerata”, the “Music of the Spheres Ensemble” as well as the „Jenaer Philharmonie

In 2023 Luka and Nicolas founded the Duo Osensus.

October 23 Virginia Jessica Sparvier-Wells

Jessica McMann is an Alberta -based Cree (Cowessess, SK), multi-disciplinary artist. She is in the process of reclaiming her birth name and will be soon working under the name Virginia Jessica Sparvier-Wells. She interweaves land, Indigenous identity, history, and language throughout her dance and music creation/performance practice. A classically trained flutist, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary and an MFA in Contemporary Arts from Simon Fraser University.  Her work fuses together traditional language and dance with her own contemporary experiences as an Indigenous woman and Two-Spirit person. 

Her new album released on Oct. 29th 2023 evokes the sounds and stories of the prairies and includes commissioned work as well as new originals. “Prairie Dusk”  is available on all platforms.  This is a follow-up album to her award winning first album “Incandescent Tales” which was released in June of 2021. This Indigenous classical album won the 2022 YYC Music Classical Album of the Year and Gold Medals in the Global Music Awards. A WCMA 2022 and 2023 nominee as well as SSIMA 2023 nominee, she is working on a new alt-pop recording to be released summer of 2024. 

Her musical, composition, and soundscape work focuses on land-based creation and ideas of connection, disconnection, and home. “Too Good; That MAY Be”, an immersive soundscape performance was shown at the Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg as part of “The 60’s Scoop; A Place Between” in 2017. Her compositions include Muskwa’s Mountain Home (2021), Inni (2018)  and soundscapes including beguiling (the)the land (2020).

Jessica currently resides in Cochrane, Alberta, where she works for the City of Calgary as Curator of Indigenous Art. She is also co-founder and co-director Wild Mint Arts, an Indigenous arts company and is a Laureate of the Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards (2017).