Last night, my wife and I were fortunate enough to enjoy one of the most memorable musical performances we’ve ever experienced in this community. You probably missed it, because there were only a handful of others in the audience to appreciate the piano wizardry of Arne Sahlen.
His theme was music from the movies and songs such as “Moon River” brought back so many romantic memories I briefly thought about kissing my wife. Luckily, I caught myself in time. Talk about getting carried away!
But the music was magical and Arne’s repertoire seemed endless. In addition, his patter about the actual movies and anecdotes about the stars was most interesting.
The puzzling thing is why more people weren’t there to appreciate the stylings of this engaging performer. His home is Kimberley and I know he is no stranger to Invermere. The man should be filling concert halls at $20 a head or more instead of playing in a church hall for contributions.
Maybe you have to be a certain age to appreciate the music or it might have been the intimate setting, which made the evening so special to us. However, there can be no question about the talent of this exceptional pianist. So make a note of the name, Arne Sahlen, and make a point to catch him the next time he’s in town. You won’t regret it.