Submitted by Arne Sahlen

This community celebration of music will take place May 31, 7 pm at Christ Church Trinity, past the Public Library on 7th Avenue. Admission is by donation; stuffies and colouring will be on hand for busy little ones.

The Invermere community’s superb Steinway grand piano, now housed at CCT, will move soon to the new Arts Centre. The equally fine Seiler piano, long owned by Barry Moore of Edgewater and also stored at CCT, will become church property. “From two stored to one owned is a solid step for the church,” says piano teacher Arne Sahlen, “and best of all, two splendid performance spaces will fill different musical needs.” The Centre with its professional staging and facilities, structured administration, and soon-to-come touring connections will host larger and formal events; CCT will remain well suited for intimate gatherings with less infrastructure needed and lower cost incurred.

In, Seiler pianos are placed in Group 1: “…of utmost quality, built to the highest standards in the industry. Truly the best of the best.” Moore offered it to CCT ” at a steal of a deal”, says Sahlen. The CCT Grand Piano Fund set a $32,000 goal, and just over 2/3 has been raised so far.

Wednesday’s program includes young pianists Kate Hildes, 8 and Carly Nikurack, 12. Moore will perform varied ensemble works with area musicians Wanda Seel, Carolyn Rogers and Chizuko Purshwitz; then he will join Dorothy Isted, Ian Wilson and other cast members of “The Stolen Church” and the Pynelogs Centenary operetta with selections from them. Sahlen will anchor the program with his trademark wide-ranging piano music and ‘info-taining’ commentary.