Serious piano talent at the VM&AF Piano festival

In Virden Music & Arts Festival performers from southwest Manitoba, and pianist as far away as Maryfield, Sask., Swan River and Brandon played for adjudicator Mary Jo Carrabre for the piano sessions held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Carrabre, as she is introduced in the festival program, “has a distinct approach in her teaching style that is both engaging and empowering.” A true educator, she took just a few minutes to work with each performer on a detail of their music.

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Pianists of all ages performed.

On Wednesday senior and intermediate students played the thrilling music of composers such as Schumann, Kabalevsky and Chris Norton.

In the afternoon on Wednesday, Virden’s Roger Hurst played a piece from the Romantic era, composed by Felix Mendelssohn and later in the afternoon he played a Muzio Clementi’s Sonatina in F in Adult Classes. 

Thursday was a full day with three sessions including several trios and duets and Friday two sessions were held finishing with a busy afternoon of performers as young as 6U in the beginner classes.


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