Fo­cus­ing on his fu­ture

Sec­ond-year School of Per­form­ing Arts stu­dent Luis Anselmi ex­cited about per­form­ing in the first show­case of the year

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - Sally Cole

Luis Anselmi is count­ing down the days.

The Holland Col­lege stu­dent tells me he’s spend­ing ev­ery free mo­ment prac­tis­ing the piano or the cu­a­tro, a four-string in­stru­ment, un­til he gets to per­form at the Florence Sim­mons Per­for­mance Hall.

And he can’t wait.

“I’m so ex­cited. Af­ter prac­tis­ing through­out the school year, it’s time for us to show­case what we’ve been do­ing in school to the com­mu­nity so peo­ple out­side the col­lege can lis­ten to our work,” says the 19-year-old per­form­ing artist.

He’s one of the stu­dents get­ting ready for their first show­case of the year on Thurs­day, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at the Florence Sim­mons Per­for­mance Hall on the Prince of Wales Cam­pus in Char­lot­te­town.

This concert will fea­ture their best se­lec­tions from rock, coun­try, im­prov, Celtic and world mu­sic. Be­sides giv­ing stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to per­form, the show­case has be­come a peren­nial favourite with mu­sic lovers.

“They will see the en­joy­ment we have of shar­ing the stage with our class­mates,” says Anselmi, whose en­sem­ble will per­form a blues ar­range­ment of “At­ten­tion”, a pop tune, as well as some Celtic and world mu­sic.

The show­case has a dou­ble pur­pose for the mu­si­cian as it could alsi serve as an au­di­tion tape.

“Be­cause I’m in my sec­ond year, it will be in­ter­est­ing to use that ma­te­rial, which show­cases our im­pro­vi­sa­tional skills, to ap­ply to an­other univer­sity.”

The show­case concert is a spe­cial night for our stu­dents and in­struc­tors, as they get to share their hard work with the com­mu­nity, says Liam Cor­co­ran, pro­gram man­ager for the School of Per­form­ing Arts.

“We are so for­tu­nate to be in a place that val­ues and sup­ports live mu­sic. There will be some­thing for ev­ery mu­si­cal taste in this concert.”

The mu­sic per­for­mance pro­gram has stu­dents from all over the world, in­clud­ing Venezuela, the Ba­hamas, In­dia, Mex­ico and the U.K.

Anselmi is from Venezuela and tells me he en­joys the ex­pe­ri­ence of “meet­ing peo­ple from all over.”

“It’s been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence liv­ing on P.E.I. I want to con­tinue my stud­ies, so I’m look­ing at agree­ments that Holland Col­lege has with other univer­si­ties.”

Sally Cole is an en­ter­tain­ment writer with The Guardian. She wel­comes com­ments about her col­umn as well as sug­ges­tions for fu­ture columns from read­ers. She may be reached at [email protected]­ or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.


Sec­ond-year stu­dent Luis Anselmi prac­tises for the first show­case of the year for mu­sic per­for­mance stu­dents. It’s set for Thurs­day, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at the Florence Sim­mons Per­for­mance Hall on the Prince of Wales Cam­pus in Char­lot­te­town.

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