Open in­vi­ta­tion to play grand piano

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Education Week -

Stawell Per­form­ing Arts Com­pany will show­case the grand piano at Stawell En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Sun­day by host­ing an open-ac­cess event as well as a short con­cert.

The com­pany will present ‘Open Day on the Grand’ as part of a com­mit­ment to pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for mem­bers of the pub­lic to play the piano.

Pres­i­dent Dianne Ste­wart said Stawell Per­form­ing Arts Com­pany was com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing per­form­ing arts op­por­tu­ni­ties to the com­mu­nity.

Per­former Ala­nis Wil­liams par­tic­i­pated in a sim­i­lar day last year.

“The grand piano makes a strong, amaz­ing sound that fills the town hall and you feel so great to know that you can play this amaz­ing in­stru­ment and make this awe­some sound,” she said.

Last year the open day at­tracted six peo­ple to come and play, with many on­look­ers en­joy­ing the mu­sic.

This year the com­pany hopes to in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple in­volved and to build on the day by ar­rang­ing an ad­di­tional af­ter­noon con­cert fea­tur­ing Bal­larat com­poser and jazz and clas­si­cal pi­anist Jack Stacey.

Stacey is in his sec­ond year of study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic at the Univer­sity of New Eng­land, Ar­mi­dale.

In re­cent years he com­pleted his AMUSA in piano and was awarded a Bal­larat Arts Foun­da­tion grant for the pur­chase of spe­cial­ist equip­ment. He was also awarded a Bal­larat Sym­phony Or­ches­tra Schol­ar­ship for out­stand­ing mu­si­cian­ship and con­tin­ues to per­form at a range of venues and events.

Phil Cock­er­ill, who tunes and main­tains the grand piano in Stawell, will in­tro­duce Stacey on Sun­day and also pro­vide an in­for­ma­tive talk about the piano.

Open ac­cess to play the grand piano will be from 10am to 2pm with an en­try fee of $3 a per­son for play­ers and on­look­ers payable at the door.

Peo­ple keen to book a time to play the piano be­fore the day can call Dianne Ste­wart on 0427 850 278.

The af­ter­noon con­cert will run from 3pm to 4pm, with pre-pur­chased tick­ets $10 for adults, $8 for con­ces­sion-card hold­ers and teenagers and $4 for chil­dren.

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line through try­book­ing and over­the-counter cash sales at Stawell Neigh­bour­hood House. Tick­ets at the door will be an ad­di­tional $2.

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