CMK’s Newest Initiative: 2022 Concerts in the Community
As active community members, Chamber Music Kelowna is always looking for ways to bring chamber music to new audiences. With a view to opening those doors in an accessible, informal way, we are undertaking an ambitious community initiative from April through June. Building on our beautiful spring weather and our vibrant downtown cultural district, and with a generous grant from the federal Department of Canadian Heritage, we will be presenting a series of free or low-priced Concerts in the Community in various venues around Kelowna and area.
The concert series has been organized by CMK’s Andrew Stauffer, working with Kelowna cellist and composer Nicholas Denton Protsack. The concerts range from small to large venues, and almost all are requesting only a donation for admission. The venues include the RCA Atrium, the Metro Community Church, the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the Okanagan Regional Library (for a families-with-kids’ event), and two coffee houses in Kelowna, Bean Scene and Bright Jenny Coffee. Come out for one or all of these fun, informal occasions, and bring friends who might enjoy a taste of chamber music in a fresh new setting.
The first four events are:
Thursday April 14, 7:30 – 8:30 pm,
Sonata Works for Piano and Cello,
Nicholas Denton Protsack (cello) and Patricia Tao (piano)
Atrium – Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Street, Kelowna at https://rotarycentreforthearts.com/events/event/118202/
Concert is now sold out!
Sunday May 8, 11 am – 12:30 pm,
Music for Mother’s Day,
Nicholas Denton Protsack (cello) and Olivia Walsh (cello)
On the rooftop of Bean Scene, 371 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
Wednesday May 11, 7:00 – 8:00 pm,
Music at the Gallery,
Boson Mo (violin), Alicia Venables (viola), Keith Hamm (viola), Cameron Crozman, (cello), Nicholas Denton Protsack (cello)
Collaboration with Okanagan Chamberfest, along with the Okanagan Wine Festival and the OSO
Vernon Public Art Gallery, 3228 31 Avenue, Vernon
And then…the largest concert in the series:
Friday June 3, 7:30 – 9:00 pm (Doors open at 6:45)
at the newly-renovated Metro Community Church:
Expect the Unexpected!
A lively and eclectic selection of music for cello, piano, and clarinet
Nicola Everton (clarinet), Nicholas Denton Protsack (cello) and Patricia Tao (piano).
Metro Community Church, 1265 Ellis Street (corner of Coronation Avenue)
Tickets for this concert will be $15, and will help raise funds for Metro’s programs serving persons experiencing homelessness, and sales will benefit the church.
BUT – there is a special need: To date, the Metro Church has not been able to acquire a piano for its otherwise well-equipped space. CMK has offered to put out the word to our network of music lovers in case anyone knows of a quality, well-maintained instrument that may be looking for a new home. If you can help, please get in touch with Denise Griswold, Past President of CMK, at email@example.com
Your next newsletter will contain information on the remainder of the Concerts in the Community series. For a complete list, and to arrange a reservation for some of the smaller venues, visit our website www.chambermusickelowna.ca