Music of Vienna comes to the Kootenays

Violinist Carolyn Cameron and pianist Dawna Kavanagh will be playing three Music of Vienna concerts to raise money for local organizations.

Two local musicians are holding a three-part concert series to raise money for local organizations.

Violinist Carolyn Cameron and pianist Dawna Kavanagh will be playing three Music of Vienna concerts before mid-February, the first being held in Rossland at Mayor Kathy Moore’s house on Friday, Jan. 22 to benefit the KBRH Health Foundation.

“It’s all the same program; it’s violin and piano music and I titled it Music of Vienna because all of the composers of this program have ties in one way or another to Vienna,” says Cameron.

The pair will be playing music from Mozart, Fritz Kreisler, an Austrian-born violinist and composer, and Haydn.

“Haydn was considered one of the composers who actually put Vienna on the map in the 18th century,” explains Cameron. “So he was pretty key in making Vienna the centre of European music at that time.”

Cameron and Dawna Kavanagh haven’t been playing together that long, so this will be a good opportunity for people to hear them play as a duet for the first time.

“Dawna taught both of my kids piano and we only started playing together I guess this year, well 2015,” says Cameron.

She also plays with a trio in the area and says that attendance at classical music concerts isn’t always that great. She and Kavanagh are hoping that holding the concerts to benefit community organizations will help convince more people to come out.

“I’ve done fundraisers for the KBRH and there a lot of fun and you get a pretty good crowd,” says Cameron.

Admission is by donation at the door and donations will benefit the evening’s organization of choice. The other two concerts will benefit the Trail Hospice Society and the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees.

Details for the three concerts are as follows:

First concert: Friday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. at 910 Earl St., Rossland. Those who wish to attend should contact Lisa Pasin at 250-364-3424 or to RSVP.

Second concert: Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. at Trail United Church. No RSVP required, and there will be Viennese pastries served.

Third concert: Saturday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. in the Muriel Griffiths Room at the Charles Bailey Theatre. Those who wish to attend should contact Melva Scott at to RSVP.


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