August 17th, 2019

U of L Conservatory of Music hosting piano fundraiser

By Bobinec, Greg on May 7, 2019.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

The University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music will be hosting its Piano by Request fundraiser, featuring Anna McBryan, at Casa on Saturday.

The event is to help support subsidies for young musicians to participate in the Young Artists Music Academy, an intensive performance-based program for teen-aged musicians.

Items such as a cello that has been transformed into a clock, and one-of-a-kind violins painted and repurposed by renowned artists will be up for auction at the Piano by Request event.

“We wanted to find a way to repurpose some of our older violins, rather than just throw them out, so I approached some local artists to transform them into art and it snowballed from there,” said Breeanne Fuller, Conservatory director, in a news release. “The pieces are more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. They are simply stunning works of art.”

Artists Tony Partridge and Kari Lehr from Crowsnest Pass are among those who created the artworks. Lehr, whose prints are sold across Canada, crafted a violin featuring a black bear in a prairie wilderness setting.

Partridge’s style features a floral front and angelic back providing two unique display options. Mark Robinson and Diana Zasadny works will also be featured, as will all of the original artworks being currently displayed at Casa for advanced viewing and bidding.

“Because of the intensive nature of this program, the costs to the students could become very expensive,” says Fuller. “We felt strongly that cost should not hinder a student’s ability to be part of this program, so a model was devised that subsidizes the costs to the students by 70 per cent. All funds raised at Piano by Request will go to benefiting the youth in this program. We are proud to say that because of these subsidies, our music academy is within reach for any committed young musician in this community.”

Piano by Request takes place on Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., and will include appetizers, drinks, live and silent auction, and live music in a piano-bar style with McBryan. Tickets for the event are priced at $40 each or $360 for a table, which includes wine and reserved seating.

Tickets are available at the Conservatory front desk, located at Casa, or by phone at 403-329-2304. Advanced bidding on the live auction will be accepted until Friday.

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