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St. Albert Chamber Music Society, Plaza Series, and ArtWalk
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Let it never be said Taylor Ashton doesn't have a sense of humour. The Canadian singer-songwriter now living in Brooklyn will close the Arden Theatre Plaza Series on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. SUPPLIED/Photo

September signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Just as we take our signal from nature, the arts and entertainment world is seeing a shift in presentations. As outdoor shows slow down, indoor venues open their doors. Below is a peek at what's to come. 

Chamber music 

The 2022-23 St. Albert Chamber Music Society itinerary is hot off the press. Organizer Nancy Watt has packaged five concerts staggered throughout the season, and no two recitals are remotely alike. 

Harpist Keri Lynn Zwicker and soprano Casey Peden kick-start the season Sunday, Oct. 23, with a lively blend of classical harp combined with Celtic/folk music. 

Also in 2022, Victoria-based pianist Milton Schlosser and cellist Brian Yoon will perform a cello/piano sonata by Grieg on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. 

Starting in the New Year the Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble, comprised of Don Ross (clarinet), Viktoria Grynenko (violin), and Sara Soufi Siavash (piano) will mount the stage on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. 

The High Level Trio, founded by string members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Edwald Cheung (violin), Ehtan Filner (violist), and Julie Hereish (cello), will play their sophisticated repertoire on Sunday, March 26. 

Closing the season on May 6 will be the indomitable violinist Frank Ho and pianist Joachim Seger performing a series of Beethoven sonatas. 

All performances take place at St. Albert United Church, 20 Green Grove Dr. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Aug. 25, at Musée Heritage Museum. Prices are $35 adult single; $30 senior single; $15 student single. Adult season packages are $140; seniors $120; and students $60. 

Plaza Series ends 

The Arden Theatre’s Plaza Series ends with Taylor Ashton, a Canadian singer-songwriter now living in Brooklyn. He spent the first half of his 20s as frontman for Victoria’s five-piece alt-folk band Fish & Bird before heading south to New York. 

The Romantic, Ashton’s debut solo album which came out in 2020, displays a confessional, intimate style that straddles his pop background, Joni Mitchell’s folk-roots, and Randy Newman’s country rhythms. 

His new EP Romanticize takes it a step further, re-imagining songs from his solo debut with everything from orchestral-inspired string arrangements to club dance beats and stripped-down solo performances. 

Showtime is Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 single and $120 for a premium table of six. Visit or call 780-459-1542.  

September ArtWalk 

There will be a diverse abundance of visual artists showcasing their work in downtown St. Albert on Thursday, Sept. 1, and that’s the way they like it. ArtWalk ends as the school year starts, but the best is saved for last. Below is a list of artists and venues that are set to display their pieces. ArtWalk is on from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

• St. Albert Place Plaza — New to St. Albert, Mural Massive is an event where passers-by watch several artists paint a large, temporary, free-standing wall. Next to it, the ArtWalk Art Market of 30 artists will showcase their inspirations. 

• St. Albert Place lobby — Painters’ Guild, Potters’ Guild, Quilters Guild, Floral Arts Guild, and Paper Arts Guild join forces to stage a show, while W.A.R.E.S. is also open to the public. 

• The Bookstore on Perron — Al Anderson, landscape artist in oil; Tony Overweel, Alberta landscapes in oil, acrylic, and pastel; and Andrew Raczynski, watercolour artist, will express their individual styles and concepts. 

• La Crema Caffe — Patsy Faubert, a bold abstract artist, uses oils and acrylics while Kate Hersberger paints creatively in lighter pastel watercolours. 

• Big Lake Artist’s Studio — Alberta landscape artist Doris Charest, who works in acrylic and mixed media, will be joined by Rayma Peterson, a watercolour artist who depicts plants in their natural habitat 

• Visual Arts Studio Association — The Goop of Seven is actually eight artists: Connie Osgood, Miles Constable, Lisa Liuzs, Rick Rogers, Peter Gegolick, Meghan MacMillan, Randall Talbot, and John Labots. They work in goopy impasto and mixed media, and September’s concept deals with language. 

Visit for a full listing of arts and events. 

Anna Borowiecki

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