Minneapolis-based Dr. Peter Arnstein is internationally renowned as a pianist and composer. He has often performed as pianist and harpsichordist with the Minnesota Orchestra. Photo submitted
Award-winning pianist and composer Dr. Peter Arnstein returns to the Sunshine Coast with two ‘Summer Delight’ fundraising concerts for Music 46 Initiatives on Saturday, July 20 (7:30pm at the new Highland Centre in Roberts Creek) and Sunday, July 21 (2pm at the Pender Harbour School of Music, Medeira Park).
Arnstein delivers a sparkling cornucopia of musical flavours from classical gems to whimsical jazz. The highlight of the Coast concerts will be the Canadian debut performance of his original composition in celebration of the great rainforests of the Sunshine Coast: Hypnotico: Under the Shade of the
International reviews rave about Arnstein’s “brilliantly virtuosic and sensitively nuanced” performances. It was just these qualities that inspired Music 46 Initiatives and the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society to invite Arnstein to return to the Coast this summer.
Minneapolis-based Dr. Arnstein has an impressive performance record as a soloist in both piano and harpsichord with the Minnesota Orchestra and St Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has been invited many times to the prestigious Edinburgh Music Festival where he has performed as a soloist for both piano and harpsichord – and has received accolades for his compositions. Arnstein has written hundreds of chamber music works, and has toured the Midwest as pianist and composer-in-residence for the Sylmar Chamber Ensemble.
Arnstein’s Saturday concert provides an opportunity for enthusiasts to experience the outstanding acoustics and the fabled Baldwin Concert Grand at the new Highland Centre at 657 Highland Road, Roberts Creek. This venue, just over the Gibsons/Roberts Creek border at Highland Road, is the home of the Suncoast Concert Band and Sunshine Coast Orchestra. Highland Road intersects Highway 101, across from the junction of Lower Road and the highway. Second driveway to the left up Highland leads to parking and the Centre itself.
Tickets ($25 for adults; $15 for ages 18 and under) are available at Harbour Insurance in Madeira Park, John Henry’s in Garden Bay, Sechelt Visitor Info Centre, MELOmania in Roberts Creek, Laedeli in Sunnycrest Mall and Gaia’s Fair Trade in Gibson’s Landing.
For more information: www.peterarnstein.com