Up first is pianist Alan Fraser and guests on July 20, followed on July 22 by songstress Jenn Grant and opening act Kim Harris.
Fraser delivers an evening of great classical piano in a 7:30 p.m. concert July 20. This year he shares the programme with two guest pianists, Audrey Dumont, a former student, and his daughter, Masha Fraser.
Together they will perform an exciting and accessible repertoire of works by Robert Schumann, Joseph Haydn, Frederic Chopin, W. A. Mozart, and Eric Satie, as well as Vera Milankovich, Olivier Messaien, Mihail Glinka, and Mihi Balakirev.
Fraser has a deep Annapolis Valley nconnection. His great-grandfather Willard Clarke hailed from Bear River and was the local lumber baron. His father, Clarke Fraser, was a regular at the Annapolis Royal Farmers’ Market.
Fraser has played at King’s Theatre many times before and was a part of The Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax. He has a well-deserved international reputation as both a performer and a teacher whose methods have published in four books.
Dumont is originally from Dijon, France where she studied at the Dijon Conservatoire. She is continuing her studies at the Conservatoire in Lausanne, Switzerland where she is pursuing her masters. She also studied Alan Fraser’s technique at the Alan Fraser Piano Institute.
Masha Fraser began her journey with piano at the Stanislav Binichki Music School in Belgrade, Serbia and has recently also graduated from the Kosta Manoilovich Music School in Belgrade.
Jenn Grant and her opening act Kim Harris to the King’s Theatre stage on July 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Grant is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who calls Lake Echo home. Her latest album Paradise explores new themes and depths, which, coupled with Grant’s soulful voice, leaves you wanting more. Her sound has always left an impact on her listeners, resulting in two JUNO nominations for her previous album Compostela.
The international success of Compostela had Grant on the road for three years of touring, playing over 300 shows in all, with sold-out shows from London to Vancouver.
With the release of Paradise, Grant says that she has grown as an artist:
“I thought about my singing much more. I feel like I am a completely different artist from when I began performing. I don’t feel like I really heard my own voice until recently.”
This breakthrough for Grant has only intensified her music and has audiences spellbound.
She’s set to perform at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg and festivals in Ontario, but first she will grace the King’s Theatre stage.
Harris opens the concert with songs from her debut album Only The Mighty that depicts a story of resilience inspired by her own life. She has performed at Halifax Pop Explosion, East Coast Music Awards, Nova Scotia Music Week, and In the Dead of Winter Music Festival.
Tickets for both concerts are now on sale at King’s Theatre and online at www.kingstheatre.ca.
With information provided by King’s Theatre.