Written by: Amy Melynchuk
Café Koi is a modern café in the heart of downtown, known to support a wide variety of artists and performers, and two Imagine Music students had the opportunity to perform there as a part of the Calgary Arts Orchestra first annual fundraiser concert on December
1. Chloe wrote, “Playing at Café Koi was an amazing experience as a performer and as an audience member. I’ve never played in a setting quite like that, which was really neat. It was a great confidence boost. Being able to see all the other musicians was fantastic and inspiring as well. It was so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again next year! Thank you!” Jenay also commented, “I was honored to be invited to perform with the Calgary Arts Orchestra at Cafe Koi. It was an amazing experience that allowed me to grow as a performer because I was able to play in front of very supportive people in a public venue for the first time. It made me step out of my comfort zone to discover that I had so much fun that I couldn’t wait to do it again. Amy and the other musicians made me feel comfortable at the venue while their professionalism made me want to do my very best. Thank you Amy for this wonderful opportunity.”
It was a unique and exciting experience for everyone involved, and both Chloe and Jenay played extremely well, demonstrating strong confidence and musicality. Following Chloe and Jenay’s performances, there was a varied program of chamber music, including; Bach violin/oboe double concerto, Clara Schumann piano trio, a bassoon/violin/piano trio by Dave Latos, and a variety of pieces for String Quintet, including Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Singer/songwriter Angie Coombes performed a set, and there were also appearances by Darren Young (guitarist) and Amanda Hillestad (opera singer), among others.
Imagine Music really encourages and attracts students who demonstrate courage and enthusiasm to try new things, and this is a great example of both. Thanks to the students’ parents for the support, to Café Koi for lending the space, and to the Calgary Arts Orchestra for inviting our students!