Sparwood-born ‘piano master’ to play in Kimberley, Cranbrook

For The Bulletin

Jesse Plessis, a Kootenay whiz kid turned piano master, will perform at Cranbrook United Church (near Safeway gas bar) Sunday, September 30 at 7 p.m., then at Kimberley’s Centre 64 on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m.. Admission is by donation toward care of the Cranbrook Historical society Broadwood grand piano.

Sparwood-born Plessis was “a real wonder-boy at the piano,” said his former teacher Arne Sahlen. “He plays with the joy and panache of an Olympic-class slalom skier.” Now 30, Plessis is in Doctorate of Music studies in Montreal.

Plessis has chosen a program representing a vital time in piano history, around first steps in creating the iron frame that gives modern pianos their power and sturdiness. It also represents a ‘yin and yang’ between power and poetry in piano playing.

Beethoven’s powerful Hammerklavier Sonata was composed for the wood-framed piano of 1818. Pianists like Plessis present an evolved originality in technique and tone to suit the capabilities of that period’s instruments. Schubert’s four exquisite Impromptus Op. 90 appeared in 1827, just two years after the first use of metal bars as an early attempt at piano reinforcement. They express intimacy from a shy, introverted composer quite the opposite of the mercurial Beethoven.

Plessis’ tour to Creston, Cranbrook, Invermere and Kimberley will benefit piano care in each centre. For more details contact arnesahlen@hotmail.com or cell/text 250-540-4242.

Just Posted

Kimberley and District Community Foundation seeks ‘friends’

In the next couple of weeks, members of the Kimberley & District… Continue reading

The shootout at the Bechtel Ferry: 1945

On August 24, 1945, Charles Bechtel, age 66, was killed by the BC Provincial Police just south of the ranch.

Kimberley City Council approves development permit for 12-unit rental housing complex on Church Ave

The Kimberley Seniors Project Society has been waiting years to make this project a reality.

Hospice seeks clients for Live & Learn Program

After a successful two-year trial period, the Cranbrook and Kimberley Hospice Society is renewing its Live and Learn day program, and is putting out the word to prospective clients.

Kimberley Chamber planning for future

Strategic planning has led to exciting ideas, says Board member Karen Rempel

Kimberley news recap

A quick recap of the top news stories in Kimberley this week.

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Crowsnest Pass RCMP seek help locating missing man

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

Most Read