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MHC conservatory launches concert series
October 20, 2016
Jazz enthusiasts are invited to Medicine Hat College’s One on One Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. for a special concert featuring Lyle Rebbeck and Friends. This event is the first in the Conservatory Concert Series which looks to connect with the community on a new level and showcase the diverse musical talent of conservatory instructors.“Our faculty is already known for their teaching excellence but these concerts will give conservatory students, parents, alumni, friends, and the public at large a chance to hear these musicians in another element. They are not only gifted educators, they’re engaging performers too,” says Brad Mahon, manager of the conservatory.
He adds the conservatory series will be a potpourri of music styles and venues leading to varied audience experiences. Each of the featured performers will talk about their respective concert selections—sharing the stories behind the music and composers, as well as personal anecdotes. All concert series events are free and a complimentary reception will follow each performance, offering a chance for guests to connect with performers and other conservatory supporters.
To launch the series this weekend, Rebbeck will be joined by Rick Lett and Ray Martens to perform music by George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein as well as original scores. There will also be classic tunes made famous by such artists as Nat King Cole, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The concert will take place in the One on One Gallery located at the Cultural Centre where guests will have the opportunity to take in the current art exhibit featuring works by college visual communications faculty.
Future concert series performances will include the Oberon Guitar Trio on Nov. 20 and guest instructors/artists in residence, Julia Haager, piano, and Kirill Kalmykov, cello, on Jan. 29. In Spring 2017, the conservatory is pleased to welcome back alumnus instructor, pianist and composer, Peter Jancewicz.
To learn more about events and programs at the Conservatory of Music & Dance, please visit www.mhc.ab.ca/conservatory.