The Peace Region Music Series organised a classical concert held at the St James’ Cathedral in Peace River.
The High Level Trio, members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, created beautiful sounds on Jun. 18. Admission into the event was by donation, and funds go towards paying the musicians.
Ewald Cheung plays violin, Ethan Filner plays viola, and Julie Hereish plays cello.
They performed music by Dohnanyi, Estacio, and Beethoven.
Peace Region Music Series is based out of Grande Prairie. Tina Alexander-Luna, artistic director, says “We are an organisation that hosts professional level classical concerts in the Peace region and our aim is to bring professional, live classical music to the Peace Region.”
For the most part, they hold venues in Grande Prairie, but the trio was looking for another place to perform that weekend.
The organisation brings affordable music to the area, as well. “We just do donations because we want it to be accessible to people, so people can pay the recommended amount, and if they can’t, that’s fine.”
Volunteers also work with the music series.
“We started our conference series in 2017 here in Grande Prairie. We started out by doing house concerts, but those quickly sold up. We usually do between six and eight concerts a year in different venues, both indoors and outdoors, all around Grande Prairie.”
Groups are brought in from all over the province and country, as well as local professionals.
Rather than travel to Edmonton to see the symphony there, the music series allows people to experience the orchestra without having to leave their town.
On the cathedral, Alexander-Luna says “I know it’s a beautiful venue and it would work well for this concert. It’s a nice, intimate space and the sound is beautiful.”
“I think it is really valuable and I think it’s great to show people the professional opportunities that can come out of a life in music or the arts if someone were to pursue that professionally. We don’t get to see that all the time in smaller communities.”