Chicago concert pianist Mark Valenti will bring his rich

Chicago concert pianist Mark Valenti will bring his rich

88 Keys host pianist Mark Valenti

Chicago concert pianist Mark Valenti will bring his rich, intuitive piano stylings to Fernie on May 24.

Chicago concert pianist Mark Valenti will bring his rich, intuitive piano stylings to Fernie on May 24.

A former professor of music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, at Xavier University in Chicago, and at the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, Valenti now teaches in Chicago and travels as a concert artist.

The 88 Keys Grand Piano Society is proud to host Valenti. “We’re really pleased to have Mr. Valenti coming to Fernie to perform,” commented organizer Sylvia Elias. “We don’t often get high calibre performers here, as they generally gravitate to larger centres.”

Valenti will play a selection of works, including Beethoven’s Sonata No. 30, and pieces by Schubert, Debussy and Mozart. He will also perform contemporary work by Charles Ives.

The concert will begin at 7 pm on Saturday, May 24 at Mountainside Community Church (1622 10th Avenue), the home of Fernie’s community-owned grand piano. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and youths, and are available at the door.