Sally Arai (left), Naomi Cloutier and Martin Kratky on stage performing at Martin Exeter Hall this weekend. Max Winkelman photo.

Musicians return to 100 Mile to perform

Just under 100 in attendance

Pianist Naomi Cloutier, cellist Martin Kratky and clarinetist Sally Arai were in 100 Mile House on Sunday for a chamber music performance.

“It went well from an attendance point of view and from a musical point of view,” says one of the organizers Dennis Tupman. “These are excellent musicians playing excellent music, challenging us in some ways with the unfamiliar … including myself.”

The music they chose was excellent, he says. There were about 96 people in attendance.

“Considering the time that we put this on, our break-even point was about 50 or 60. I budgeted for 60 and that would have been a comfortable budget,” he says. “This is an intimate group. It’s chamber music. It’s meant to be an intimate group.”

He says he avoids the words “classical music” because it doesn’t mean anything anymore. They haven’t done the math yet but they’re looking to give the artists something above starvation wages and to give something back to the arts council, he says.

“We’re not doing this for any profit what so ever.”

Kratky and Cloutier have performed in 100 Mile House before. They’ve been very generous with their time, says Tupman.

“They’re coming back because they love us because we love them,” says Tupman. “We’re happy to see them return and they were happy to come back and that is direct from them. They told me they love coming up here.”

Tupman says it’s difficult to say if they’re going to plan any more chamber music performances but that he certainly hopes so.

“I would like to say what a joy it’s been with everybody who’s helped in the community. It was really a community effort. Many people stepped up to help. We took the spark to lead because somebody had to do it but we didn’t feel we were hanging out there.”

Just Posted

F350 stolen and smashed into 108 Mile Esso

The weekly police report for the South Cariboo area

What are you hoping for in the upcoming municipal election?

The weekly web poll for the 100 Mile Free Press

Paranormal conference coming to 100 Mile House

Paracon will be a celebration of everything weird and strange

100 Mile House preparing for another Orange Shirt Day

People of non-First Nations ancestry should listen to the stories of First Nations people for reconciliation

Willow MacDonald: candidate for director of Cariboo Regional District Area L

The Free Press interviews Cariboo Regional District Area directorial candidates

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

B.C. pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

Most Read