Arnold Draper Fund almost doubled at “Rising Stars” Concert

The concert at St. Michael’s Cathedral, organized by former President of Chamber Music Kelowna, Denise Griswold, provided a wonderful stage to showcase some of the extraordinary young talent we have in the valley. 

This included:  Thomas Bauer, flute, Nicholas Covaser, double bass, Antony Knight, baritone, Elise Wiesinger, violin, Alexa Hildebrandt, soprano, Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, piano, and Nicholas Denton Protsack, cello.  Alicia Venables was to play both violin and viola, but due to illness was unable to perform.  Karen Krout and Ashley Kroecher kindly replaced her on violin and viola, respectively. 

Those in attendance, and the hundred or so who streamed the concert online, were treated to an exceptional afternoon of music.

The concert, of course, was in honour of Arnold Draper, who has made such a large contribution to music here in the Okanagan, and who has helped so many young musicians on their way to further learning and music careers. It was made all the more special by Arnold’s presence, and by his performance, along with Rosemary Thomson, of a wonderful piano duet. 

The CMK Arnold Draper Fund for Young Artists was established by Chamber Music Kelowna to provide financing for career development opportunities to rising young artists in the Okanagan, and to acknowledge the huge role Arnold Draper has played over the years in nurturing young talent.

Now at $21,000, the Fund is nicely on its way to achieving the amount needed to sustain meaningful annual financial help to young musicians. Chamber Music Kelowna continues to match every dollar donated with an additional 50 cents. Thus, a donation of $100 results in a contribution of $150 towards the Fund. Donations can be made on our website , or by cheque made out to Chamber Music Kelowna (PO Box 25093, Mission Park, Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7). 

The Fund is managed by the Central Okanagan Foundation on behalf of Chamber Music Kelowna. 

Watch the Rising Stars Benefit Concert here!

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