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Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation Emerging Artist Concert Series 2018

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 18 through to September 26, 2018
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 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 sixteenth 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. July 18 Brazilian Project featuring John Reid, sax & flute with Denis Nassar, piano
  2. Aug 08 Czarkologie featuring pianist/composer Anthony Czarnecki and violinist /conductor Eileen Kosashi
  3. Aug 29 Calgary Concert Opera Company featuring mezzo soprano Barbara King
  4. Sept 19 Nansee Hughes, lyric coloratura with pianist Clair Butler
  5. Sept 26 Calgary Flamenco Festival 2018 participants

July 18 Brazilian Project featuring John Reid, sax & flute with Denis Nassar, piano

This is an exciting Brazilian instrumental project featuring John Reid on flute and saxophone with the brilliant young Brazilian pianist Denis Nassar. They perform many styles of Brazilian music including bossa nova, choro, and samba. Saxophonist John Reid has been leading his own jazz groups since 1974, when, at the encouragement of teachers Phil Nimmons and Oscar Peterson, he formed a quartet at the first annual Banff Centre Jazz Workshop to make a Jazz Radio Canada broadcast. Denis Rafael Nassar Baptista is a Brazilian composer and pianist who holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.
After moving to Canada in 2010 he composed a series of piano pieces that have been performed in festivals in Alberta and national tours by pianists in Brazil.  As a Brazilian he has a special passion studying Brazilian music that brings a special flavour to his performances and compositions.

August 08 Czarkologie was created in 2010 by pianist/composer Anthony Czarnecki and violinist/conductor Eileen Kosasih.

The music of Czarkologie is rooted in Anthony’s jazz compositions (first performed and recorded by the Calgary’s Gerry Hebert Quartet). Anthony rewrote and arranged his music in classical style for the duo to perform as Czarkologie. While the pieces are generally through-composed, there are moments open for improvisation. The original, instrumental music also references 20th century classical, the Romantic and Classical eras, Eastern modes, Latin grooves, and even Broadway.

August 29 Calgary Concert Opera Company is embarking on their seventh season in style!  

They get around too, performing in various venues outside the city’s perimeter, often offering performances in Okotoks or Airdrie — a laudable goal and part of the CCOC’s self-conceived mandate to spread the word where opera is concerned. For this special ProArts@Noon concert the company will be performing scenes from the famous Opera La Traviata.

Sept 19 Nansee Hughes, lyric coloratura with pianist Clair Butler.

In 2014, Lyric coloratura, Nansee Hughes was selected as a participant in the Music Conference Alberta’s Ben Heppner Masterclass. Ms. Hughes was the soprano soloist in performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Schola Cantorum Women’s Choir at Alberta College and performances of Messiah with McDougal United Church and Grande Prairie Regional College. 
In 2015, Nansee was the recipient of a scholarship to attend the Centre for Operatic Studies in Italy (COSI). Nansee was the recipient of the 2012 Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Scholarship for voice and the 2011 Diane Thorssen Award from MacEwan University Alberta College Conservatory, a scholarship winner of the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival and received the Beryl Barnes Memorial Graduate Award while attending the University of Alberta.

Sept 26 Calgary Flamenco Festival

Presenting the very best in Flamenco both locally and Internationally; The Calgary International Flamenco Festival is one of Canada’s outstanding annual Flamenco events. This concert features a colourful array of Flamenco music and dance featuring local artists.