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Scarboro Foundation Distinctive Performers Concert Series 2022



What:    Scarboro Foundation Distinctive Performers Concert Series 2022
Where:  Cathedral Church (corner of 7 Ave and 1 Street SE)
When:   Various Wednesdays – March 23 through to July 20, 2022
Tickets:  Free to the public

The ProArts@Noon Concert Series is pleased to announce a unique series of five concerts during 2022 featuring particularly distinctive performing artists.

The Scarboro Foundation recently awarded Calgary’s ProArts Society funding to undertake the Distinctive Performers 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.

Once again this year, the Scarboro Foundation has given ProArts Society Artistic Director Damon Johnston free rein to select the artists for this unique series, and he’s had fun making the choices. Johnston offers the following quote to illuminate his process of judgement:  

The world is a complicated place, and there’s a lot of division between people. The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does.

David Rubenstein

Now celebrating its twentieth 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. March 23 Andréa Petrity / Frank Rackow Duo (piano & saxophone/clarinet)
  2. May 11 Calgary Musicscapes Band (Klezmer music orchestra)
  3. June 15 Andrea Neumann & Penny Sanborn (violin/accordion) 
  4. July 20 Magnolia Buckskin (acoustic trio)

Artist Biographies

Andréa Petroty / Frank Rackow Duo   March 23, 2022

Pianist Andréa Petrity and saxophonist/clarinet player Frank Rackow have developed a rare musical rapport through years of working as a duo, and in larger ensembles. They will take us on a musical journey filled with beautiful melodies, adventurous harmonies and exotic rhythms, always with an emphasis on playful improvisation. Jazz, with touches of Klezmer, folk and Latin music,  and featuring original compositions from both musicians.

Calgary Musicscapes Band May 11, 2022

 The Calgary Musicscapes Band, directed by Edmond Agopian, features repertoire which reflects the wide array of music of the Calgary musical community. From Klezmer to Mariachi, from Jazz to Métis fiddling, Edmond Agopian’s arrangements display the wide spectrum of Calgary’s international music scapes.

Andrea Neumann & Penny Sanborn June 15, 2022

Penny Sanborn is a concert accordion performer appearing solo, in chamber music ensembles and with orchestra. I also teach accordion at the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts, and at my private studio, to accordionists of varying skill levels to improve musical skill and growth. 

Violinist Andrea Neumann’s performances have been described as “a perfect study in poetic embodiment” and having “a commanding, flawless execution” (Calgary Herald, 2014). Over the past two decades, she has enjoyed teaching and performing throughout Canada.

Magnolia Buckskin July 20, 2022

Featuring gorgeous three-part harmonies with a range of instrumentation, Magnolia Buckskin bring their years of friendship, humour and love of music to the stage, telling stories that evoke a panorama of human experiences. Kathy Cook, Natasha Sayer and Corry Ulan draw upon their prairie roots, delivering a blend of indie bluegrass, folk, and acoustic pop music on guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion and bass. The three songwriters back each other up with arrangements that are both refreshing and poignant.