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Scarboro Foundation Distinctive Performers Concert Series 2018

Scarboro Foundation Distinctive Performers Concert Series 2018



What:    Scarboro Foundation Distinctive Performers Concert Series 2018
Where:  Cathedral Church (corner of 7 Ave and 1 Street SE)
When:   Various Wednesdays – May 02 through to October 24, 2018
Tickets:  Free to the public

The ProArts@Noon Concert Series is pleased to announce a unique series of five concerts during 2018 featuring particularly distinctive performing artists.

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. “There are so many uniquely talented individuals and small ensembles in Calgary to choose from, and I’m honoured to offer them this opportunity” DJ

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.

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. May 02 Lorna McLachlan Jazz Trio (piano, trumpet, upright bass)
  2. May 30 Notas de 4 – Silvia Temis  (Flamenco, Mexican, Cuban music fusion)
  3. July 25 Bethany Yon, mezzo-soprano with Eileen Kosasih, violin
  4. Sept 05 Impasto Duo (Jiajia Li, flute with Elisabeth Desruisseaux, piano)
  5. Oct 24 Morag Northey, cello

May 02 ’18    Lorna McLachlan Jazz Trio
Lorna MacLachlan has been writing, arranging, and performing her own music for over 30 years. “I’ve always written, it is my instrument”, explains the composer. She pursued composition and studied at the University of Calgary with Gregory Levin, Marilyn Engel and Allen Bell, to name a few but in her last year of her graduate degree she became very interested in combining the structure of “Art music and Electronic music” with the freedom of improvisation.

After completing a graduate degree in Composition and theory she embarked on a career as a composer, creating award winning original music for Theatre, Dance and National media companies (CBC, Access Network) as well as a variety of commercial and artistic enterprises across the spectrum of music genres.

She has recorded five full length albums of original music and has had support from FACTOR, the AFA (Alberta Foundation for the Arts) as well as the Canada Council.

Lorna has always been passionate about music education and believes strongly in helping to develop the talents of the next generation. She has taught privately as well as for the public and private school boards and has been recognized nationally for her dedication to excellence in music education.

May 30   Notas de 4 – Silvia Temis
Notas de 4 was born in Alberta and is led by vocalist Silvia Temis.  Notas de 4 performs a fusion of flamenco, Mexican, Cuban, Canadian and jazz…

A performance described as “intense, edgy and dreamy”, Notas de 4 with Mexican singer Silvia Temis will bring you a very personal touch of Flamenco inspired music fused with traditional tunes from across Latin America.
This is a unique collaboration between Jorge Villena (Spain) on the guitar, Jonathan Lewis on the violin (Canada), Luis Tovar “El Pana” on percussion (Venezuela), and Silvia Temis vocals (Mexico) and dancer Maria Reigner (Calgary)
The set will include new songs by Notas De 4 and Latin/Spanish classics.

July 25 Bethany Yon, mezzo-soprano with Eileen Kosasih, violin
 Mezzo-Soprano Bethany Yon holds a Masters of Music from Western University in London, Ontario and is excited about the world of classical singing. Bethany has embraced advanced study opportunities with Accademia Europea Dell’Opera (AEDO), The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), as well as Edmonton, Alberta’s Opera NUOVA and Calgary’s Cowtown Opera Summer Academy.

Active in the musical community in her home city, Bethany has and continues to perform with the Calgary Arts Orchestra, the Calgary Concert Opera Company, Cowtown Opera and the Calgary Opera Chorus as well as at Classical Revolution. Bethany was a recipient of the 2016 Calgary Arts Development Individual Artist Grant, the 2014 London Opera Guild Scholarship as well as the 2011 John Swindells Memorial Music Scholarship. A committed and passionate teacher, Bethany teaches a schedule of voice students through Calgary’s Chinook School of Music as well as privately.  

Eileen Kosasih’s diverse musical journey includes study in Calgary, Boston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, New York City, and L.A.  She has a B.A. Music (violin), M.Music (orchestral conducting), and piano diploma. In life and music, Eileen maintains finesse and a clear, expressive tone while fearlessly exploring new musical and artistic territories.   She is often seen busking in the +15’s, Calgary park systems, and train stations.  She has reinvented herself again and again from being a punk to founding an orchestra.

Sept 05 Impasto Duo (Jiajia Li, flute with Elisabeth Desruisseaux, piano)
Impasto Duo was formed in 2015 by two similar souls who are passionate about music and performing. Comprised of flutist Jiajia Li and pianist Elisabeth DesruisseauxImpasto Duo performs across southern Alberta, impressing audiences with their technically demanding and expressive performances. In a chamber music setting, the duo curates innovative concerts, programmes unique pieces, and creates their own unique arrangements.

Oct 24 Morag Northey, cello
Classically trained Cellist and Singer Morag Northeyis an acclaimed performer and composer of theatre, film and concert music as well as a writer of poetry, prose and song. She is an innovative, creative Artist whose soulful performances elevate and encourage through concerts such as Healing the World Brundibár, VAIA, the Dalai Lama’s “Now” tour the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

 A distinguished virtuoso, her playing enraptures our mind with an artistry that brings blissful pleasures to the soul. – The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean