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Nickle Family Foundation Piano Concert Series

Nickle Family Foundation Piano Concert Series



Who: The ProArts@Noon Concert Series Presents
What: Nickle Family Foundation Piano Concert Series
Where: Cathedral Church (corner of 7 Ave and 1 Street SE)
When:   Various Wednesdays – April 25 through to September 12, 2018
Tickets:  Free to the public

The ProArts@Noon Concert Series is pleased to announce a unique series of five piano concerts featuring diverse and emerging performing artists.

The Nickle Family Foundation recently awarded Calgary’s ProArts Society funding to undertake the Piano Concert Series, which will feature a diverse selection of local pianists performing a variety of artistic genres.

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

The Cathedral offers a relaxed and welcoming setting, incredible acoustics – and, of course, the exquisite Mason & Hamlin grand piano that was donated to the venue many years ago by Mrs. Diana Nickle. This exquisite instrument is central to the ongoing Concert Series – being featured in 33 of the 49 concerts in the ProArts@Noon Concert Series in 2017.   

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.

THE 2018 Nickle Family Foundation Piano Concert Series:

  1. April 25 Brian Buchanan (jazz)
  2. July 11 William Friedson (classical)
  3. Aug 15 Jesse Plessis (classical)
  4. Aug 22 Allen Reiser (classical)
  5. Sept 12 Sheldon Zandboer, (improvisation)

April 25 Brian Buchanan, jazz piano
Pianist Brian Buchanan is a jewel in the crown of Canadian jazz. His talents as a player and composer combine for a distinctive musical flavour.  Brian is well versed in the tradition of jazz music, but has developed his own style and sound that takes him far beyond the roots of the idiom. His technical acumen is noteable, his sound delightfully textural… smooth as silk or as rough as sand, dependant upon the composition and the combined voices of the players he collaborates with. Whether playing a ballad or a be-bop tune, the space he creates becomes the definition, his rhythmic feels and harmonic sense masterfully state the composition at hand.  Listen to Brian’s CDs, Avenues or Soulstice for a glimpse into the depth and clarity of his musical vision.

July 11 William Friedson, classical 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. 

August 15 Jesse Plessis, classical piano
Pianist and composer Jesse Plessis obtained a Master of Music degree (Performance and Literature) in 2013 from Brandon University where he studied piano with Megumi Masaki and composition with Patrick Carrabre.. He is currently the artistic director of the Centric Festival, Lethbridge’s summer classical music festival.

Having been described as having a “deft hand at crafting textures that pulse with life” (Winnipeg Free Press), he has been awarded prizes both in piano and composition and has performed as a guest artist with several western Canadian ensembles.

Aug 22 Allen Reiser classical piano
Allen Reiser has performed with various orchestras in England and Canada, and recital engagements have taken him to nearly every major center in Western Canada. He is a pianist of diverse musical interests, with a particular interest in Canadian piano music and the music of Franz Liszt.

Allen Reiser’s first released CD, “A Canadian Piano Album”, was nominated for a 2001 Prairie Music Award in the category of Outstanding Classical Recording. A second CD, “Sonatinas and Little Sonatas”, was released in June of 2009.

Allen Reiser is active throughout Western Canada as a performer, adjudicator and master class clinician. He has presented workshops and recitals for local, provincial and national Registered Music Teachers’ Associations.

He is a Gold Medalist of the Toronto Conservatory of Music and has been honored by Calgary’s Mount Royal University with a Distinguished Faculty/Teaching Award. His two major teaching positions have been at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and at Calgary’s Mount Royal College.

Allen currently operates a private piano studio in Calgary as a branch instructor of The Conservatory, Mount Royal University.

Sept 12 Sheldon Zandboer, improvisation
In 2010, Sheldon performed at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Villages for the athletes, and was nominated for an Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association award for best live soundtrack for “Spring Swing Fling” written and directed by Sandra Sawatski.

Professional freelance musician; Bandleader; Arranger; Composer; Song writer; Audio-designer; as well as the jazz piano instructor at the Mount Royal Conservatory in the new Bella Theatre. His instructional jazz book the Tao of Jazz Improvisation has recently sold just over 1000 copies. 

The City of Calgary has recognized and listed Sheldon Zandboer as one of Calgary’s preeminent artists on their official tourism website.

Sheldon is currently working as a Vocal Coach/Music Director at Central Memorial High School of Arts.