Shelburne County pianists preparing for 14 hands festival

Greg Bennett
Published on June 10, 2014
When it comes to one of Bill Smith’s piano concerts, the more the merrier. Thomas King, left, John Brannen, Sam King and Dakota Scott-Digout are a few of the pianists who will take the stage at Trinity United Church in Shelburne for the fourth annual Four Hands Festival. The concert will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. with tickets available at the door. SUBMITTED

They say many hands make light work. Let’s see what happens when 14 hands tackle classical piano music on two pianos.

That’s what you’ll see at Shelburne's Trinity United Church, which is hosting its fourth annual “Four Hands Festival,” featuring seven talented pianists – all from Shelburne County – who will be performing a variety of classical works, including the popular young person’s favourite, “Peter and the Wolf.”

The concert will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

It’s all hands on deck for this year’s fourteen hands festival, as the concert features piano duets (four hands, one piano), piano duos (two pianos simultaneously, for eight hands) and a piano trio, which utilizes six hands on one piano.

Pianists include: Dakota Scott Digout, who is in his second year of music studies at Mount Allison University; John Brannen, a graduate of Mt. A who is currently working as a journalist in New Glasgow; Thomas King, Sam King and Jessica Jurgenliemk, all students at Shelburne Regional High School; and Daniel King, who graduates from SRHS this June and has been accepted into Simon Fraser University in the fall.

Bill Smith, who at one time was teacher to all these pianists and runs a piano studio in Shelburne for 35 years, organizes this yearly festival and will also perform.

This year's featured work is Prokofiev's “Peter and the Wolf,” which will be narrated by Judith Day. Besides the Prokofiev piece, the audience will hear works by Mussorgsky, Bach, Granados, Diabelli, Rachmaninoff and Schubert.

This concert is a fundraiser for Trinity United Church, located at 36 John St. in Shelburne. Tickets will be available at the door ($10 for adults, $5 for students).