Gifted pianist plays close to home

Talented pianist Jesse Plessis played a concert for a full crowd at Mountainside Church on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Talented pianist Jesse Plessis played a concert for a full crowd at Mountainside Church on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The recital marked the Sparwood-grown musician’s first show in Fernie in the last year and a half.

“As time has gone on, Jesse has gotten infinitely more busy, so we were really lucky to have him,” said Sylvia Elias, 88 Keys Grand Piano Society president.

Plessis played a selection of pieces, including iterations of Chopin, Debussy and Beethoven.

Between his performances Plessis took the opportunity to address the audience of nearly 100 attendees, providing insight and history into his relationship with the pieces he played, including anecdotes and stories of his coming to learn them on piano.

“I really do think that goes a long way,” noted Elias. “I really think it brings the pieces to life and allows audience members to connect with the music in a whole different way and Jesse does a great job of that.”

The 88 Keys Grand Piano Society hosted Plessis as part of their mandate to bring classical music programs to the community.