Early music festival event featured in Amherst

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Christ Church in Amherst is hosting organist Shawn Potter and trumpeter Mikaela Tolf in concert on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.

AMHERST – For the first time, the Sackville Early Music Festival will present a concert at Christ Church in Amherst on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.

The concert will feature two Mount Allison music graduates (class of 2010), organist Shawn Potter and trumpeter Mikaela Tolf. 

Rejean Poirier, Artistic Director of the Sackville Early Music Festival, said if the concert receives a good response from the public, it is something the festival will consider to pursue for the years to come.

Potter studied organ under Gayle h. Martin, holding a Canadian Merit National Scholarship and a Mount Allison Bell Scholarship during his years at Mount Allison. In the course of his master’s studies at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, now completed, he received a number of grants and fellowships which allowed him to pursue interests as widely ranging as North German repertoire and improvisation to the works of Olivier Messiaen.

Tolf grew up in Sweden, coming to Canada in 2006 to study trumpet with James Code and Alan Kraus at Mount Allison. In 2011 she began her graduate studies at the Université de Montréal where she is completing a master’s degree in performance.

She has played with the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, the Canadian Wind Orchestra, the Griffon Brass Band, and at the Blekinge International Brass Academy. She also performs regularly as a soloist and with brass quintets in New Brunswick and Québec.

The Sackville Early Music Festival, in its eighth season, will be celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the founding of Sackville. From Septe. 23 to 30, the melodies of 17th and 18th century music will fill the churches, schools, and concert halls of Sackville, Amherst, and Dieppe. Or the complete program and more, visit www.SackvilleEarly Music.ca.

Tickets for the Amherst concert will be available at the door.



Organizations: Daily News, Christ Church, Université de Montréal McGill University Schulich School of Music Canadian Wind Orchestra Blekinge International Brass Academy

Geographic location: Amherst, Sweden, Canada New Brunswick Québec

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  • amherstonianforlife
    September 25, 2012 - 17:23

    Great to see concerts like this in Amherst. We should work to have more concerts of all music types. Music is a great thing for people of all ages.