Final festival week features piano, instrumental

The first two weeks of a very busy and exciting Festival of the Performing Arts is over, but local performers still are rehearsing for the piano and instrumental divisions.
Piano began Monday and runs until Friday (April 22) with all daytime performances at the Townshend Theatre, with the exception of Friday afternoon, which will take place at Knox United Church.
All piano evening performances also will be held at Knox United.
Mary Jo Carrabre, the adjudicator for the piano division, divides her time between administration, teaching, and working as a collaborative pianist. She currently is the director of the Eckhardt-Grammatte Conservatory of Music at Brandon University.
She often is featured at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s famed New Music Festival, and has produced three CDs, including the Juno-nominated “Jeté.”
Please note a change in the piano programme—the Wednesday and Thursday afternoon sessions have been switched to accommodate performers.
Meanwhile, the strings section of the instrumental division will be held at Knox United Church today (April 20).
Marjorie A. Peel will adjudicate the strings performances. She was educated in England, where she studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
After graduating, she led a light opera orchestra and played with the Ballet Rambert and the Canterbury Symphony Orchestra.
Now living in Canada, Peel has taught piano and choirs in Nipigon, has been director of Thunder Bay Suzuki Strings since 1985, and has played with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for 36 years.
The remaining instrumental section will take the form of an “Instrumental Showcase” on Friday afternoon (April 22) at the Townshend Theatre. School bands will be performing along with other instrumental numbers.
Watch for further information about this showcase.
As always, everyone is encouraged to visit the festival sessions to enjoy high-quality entertainment from our local performers.
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the annual festival “highlights concert” slated for Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.