Seven Pianists Combine Talent to Benefit Education and the Arts in Lake County
A diverse range of musical styles on the keyboard will be presented at the Soper Reese Theatre on Sunday, March 5, by seven well-known professional pianists from the region. Musicians will combine their talent and years of experience to benefit fundraising efforts for the arts and education in Lake County.
The Lake County Friends of Mendocino College is partnering with the Soper Reese Theatre to sponsor the sixth annual Pianists Benefit Concert. The afternoon begins at 2 pm with a no-host reception featuring fine Lake County wines, followed by the concert at 3 pm.
Raffle tickets for baskets of Lake County products donated by businesses and individuals will be sold during the reception and intermission.
Lake County artists Tom Aiken, Tom Ganoung, and David Neft will be joined by Mendocino County performers Spencer Brewer, Elena Casanova, Elizabeth MacDougall, and Ed Reinhart. The concert will feature all the pianists on stage throughout the performance as they converse about their life experiences and play a variety of musical selections.
Tickets are $25 for regular reserved and $30 for premium reserved, and may be purchased at the theatre box office on Fridays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm or online at soperreesetheatre.com. Tickets are also available at the Travel Center, 1265 S. Main St. in Lakeport, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
“The Lake County Friends, an affiliate of the Mendocino College Foundation, was created to benefit students and programs at the Lake Center. We are delighted that proceeds from this benefit concert will enable us to continue support for the Lake Center campus in Lakeport,” said Wilda Shock, chairperson of Friends.
Proceeds from past concerts have funded scholarships for Lake County students at Mendocino College, math and English tutors and the new chemistry laboratory at the Lake Center, and other programs benefiting local students. More information about the Friends is available from Shock at (707) 263-7575.
The Soper Reese Theatre is a restored performing arts venue operated by an all-volunteer management team under the auspices of the Lake County Arts Council. “Concert proceeds will be dedicated to bolstering and expanding the range of programs the theatre offers to the community,” according to Mike Adams, executive director.