Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Gala Evening at Beaconsfield Carriage House


Come and join us for an evening of fine music showcasing our newly-purchased 1927 Knabe grand piano. The evening will feature classical, folk and light jazz music performed by a talented cast of Island musicians. There will also be a silent auction, the kickoff of our 88-Key Campaign and a piano ribbon cutting ceremony.
All proceeds directly benefit our Piano Fund .
Saturday, November 8 at 8pm
Beaconsfield’s Carriage House
Performers include: Keith Baglole, Anne Bergstrom, Emily Hanlin, John MacPhee, Jacqueline Sorensen, Dale Sorensen and Nick Whelan
$10 adult and $8 student and senior
Call Beaconsfield at 368-6603 for reservations.


This Fall, if you were strolling along the boardwalk at Victoria Park, you may have heard a cast of Island opera singers performing their favorite arias, or perhaps a talented teenager belting his favorite showtune or finally, a group of young jazz musicians rehearsing on

the verandah of Beaconsfield Historic House. If you heard melodies wafting through the air, then you heard the music of the Carriage House’s Autumn Concert Series. This concert series was developed to give gifted Island musicians a chance to perform a variety of musical styles. It was also created to raise awareness for the Carriage House’s need for a new piano- a concert-quality piano that would suit the Carriage House’s charming atmosphere and

could be used for vocal recitals, chamber music and even jazz cabarets.

After six entertaining concerts, the organizers, Emily Hanlin and Jacqueline Sorensen, have completed their goals- wonderful music at the Carriage House and a beautiful, refurbished 1927 Knabe grand piano sitting next to the stage. This Fall, Emily and Jacqueline created the Piano Fund for Beaconsfield’s Carriage House and due to generous support from ACT (a community theatre) and audience members, a sizable down payment was made on the instrument.

To celebrate the arrival of this wonderful piano and to help raise funds to complete the payments on the instrument, a Gala Evening for the Ivories has been planned at the Carriage House. On Saturday, November 8 at 8pm, an eclectic melodic mix from classical to jazz music will be presented by a variety of talented Island performers in this fine acoustic setting. On this night, there will be a silent auction, refreshments and also a piano ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also, for a donation of $100, audience members will be able to purchase one of the instrument’s 88 keys. This is a formal event and audience members are encouraged to dress accordingly. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. All proceeds from this night will go directly towards the Piano Fund. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.

Please call Beaconsfield Historic House at 368-6603 for tickets.

The purchase of this quality piano creates another, much-needed, family-friendly performance space for musicians in Charlottetown’s downtown area. The Carriage House is a delightful performance venue filled with historic charm. If you would like to make a donation to the Piano Fund, please mail your cheque payable to PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Attn: Piano Fund to Beaconsfield Historic House 2 Kent Street Charlottetown, PE C1A 1M6. Please make a note as to whether or not you would like a tax receipt.

Islanders and their visitors alike will now be able to look forward to even more lush music drifting along the shores of this melodious city.

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