Carolyn Cameron will be performing two solo piano concerts to raise money for local organizations. Submitted photo

Local pianist raising funds with Romantics concert

A local pianist is raising money for two local organizations with concerts featuring classical piano

A local pianist is raising money for two local organizations with concerts featuring classical piano from the Romantic era.

Carolyn Cameron, who plays both piano and the violin and is part of classical trio La Cafamore, will perform two concerts this month.

The first will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Kathy Moore and David Cornelius (910 Earl St.) in Rossland and will raise money for the Seven Summits Centre for Learning.

Ann Quarterman, the operations manager at Seven Summits, explains that the money will go toward school trips, as well as graduation and the grad class’s annual trip.

The second will be held Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Trail United Church and will raise money for the Greater Trail Hospice Society.

Admission for both performances will be by donation.

Anyone planning to attend the concert in Rossland should RSVP to Kathy Moore at KM@2cats.net.

The Trail performance will include pastries baked by Rebecca Hooper.

Cameron says the concerts will start with Frédéric Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu.

“And it’s pretty typical Romantic,” she says, “but it’s short.”

The second piece will be a little longer and is actually not from the Romantic period. It’s by Samuel Barber.

“He’s not really Romantic, but who cares. He’s in my program anyway” says Cameron. “And the piece that I’m playing [is] kind of bluesy. He wrote a series of four pieces and they were meant to show different aspects of American life and this one is number two and it’s got a bluesy rhythm to it. To me, it sounds kind of like walking down the streets of New York.”

Cameron’s third selection is “a big long piece” — Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana.

“Interestingly, he dedicated that piece to Frédéric Chopin, the first composer, … and Chopin didn’t like it,” says Cameron.

She explains that the piece was based on Johannes Kreisler, a character in the novels of E.T.A. Hoffman.

“Schumann really identified with this Kreisler guy. He was a conductor and a musician, but also literary, which — guess what? — so was Schumann,” says Cameron.

Schumann was bipolar and she says that also comes out in the piece.

“He had these two identities — he called them Florestan and Eusebius — and Florestan was the manic guy, the kind of impetus and impulsive and really just high energy kind of guy, and Eusebius was the dreamer and more reflective,” Cameron explains. “And those are the kinds of things that you see in this piece. He kind of alternates between parts that are really more Florestan and parts that are really more dreamy.”

Just Posted

100 days, 100 items

St. Mike’s class collects 100 items for the food bank in 100 days of school celebration

Stained glass windows and St. Anthony’s bell live on

Our Feb. 15 story generated much interest about the fate of the church’s memorial panes

The post office confused Creston with Sirdar

Part 2: Officials puzzled when they received post office applications for both Creston and Sirdar

German researcher seeks info on Trail airman

John Dunlop McVie of Trail, died in a plane crash over Germany on Sept. 24, 1944

Volunteers needed to shelve books in new Trail library

Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. until noon, and 1-5 p.m. until the job is done

B.C. Games open with Olympic touch

The 2018 B.C. Winter Games kicked off in Kamloops

BCHL Today: Merritt Centennials keep moving while Salmon Arm Silverbacks slide

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Former Canuck Roberto Luongo addresses Florida shooting victims

Parkland, Fla., resident, delivers speech before Florida Panthers’ first home game since tragedy

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Kelowna skier Kesley Serwa adds to Canada’s gold medals

Despite losses in men’s hockey and curling, Canadian women won medals in ski cross and figure skating

Suspected serial killer targeting Toronto gay community now faces six murder charges

Bruce McArthur now charged with murders of six men: Toronto police

Trump suggests more guns in schools to combat shootings

Trump floats two-step plan for gun control: More guns, more control

Second Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

Russian Bobsled Federation states a drug-test sample that pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva gave on Sunday was positive.

Indigenous leaders call for change after ‘system fails’ Tina Fontaine

‘All of us should be ashamed’: Calls for change after jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty

Atwal fiasco dogs Trudeau; PM pledges a ‘conversation’ with MP responsible

Trudeau is being peppered with questions about the lingering controversy

Most Read