Annual Evening One to Remember
Selkirk College Music & Technology Program instructors were amazing on Friday night at the annual Faculty Concert at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus.
Spanning an eclectic range of genres, the instructors—Gilles Parenteau, Melody Diachun, Don Macdonald, Darren Mahe, Paul Landsberg, Laura Landsberg, Mark Spielman, Kiyo Elkuf and Steven Parish—came out in different formations during the course of their hour-and-a-half set. From smooth jazz to program alumnae Kiesza’s mega-hit Hideaway to a rousing encore, the group entertained the sold out crowd from start to finish.
Instructor Laura Landsberg digs deep during her time on stage. See a full photo gallery from the evening on Facebook.
The MC for the night was Selkirk College staffer Pat Henman. Last year’s concert was a fundraiser for Henman who was involved in a serious car accident in the spring of 2013. Still too weak last year to do little more than attend, on Friday night Henman looked fantastic and even came up on stage to sing with the group during the encore.
This year’s show was also a fundraiser, this time for graduate Sharon Maranz who had been diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma. The music teacher left the Kootenays after graduation, but returned to Nelson in 2012. Due to her serious illness Maranz had to return to Israel to be with her family who is looking after her four-year-old daughter.
The group poses for a post-concert shot with MC for the evening Pat Henman.
The evening was live streamed to Israel and Maranz’s friends gave a touching speech about her struggle. Sadly, Maranz died in hospital the day after the concert.
The $1,100 raised on Friday night will now go towards the family and friends as they attempt to pick up the pieces.
See a full photo gallery from the evening on Facebook.