Singer Noémi Kiss is one of three prominent Nelson musicians presenting A Tribute to Michel Legrand on Oct. 7 at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Nelson. Photo: Submitted

Singer Noémi Kiss is one of three prominent Nelson musicians presenting A Tribute to Michel Legrand on Oct. 7 at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Nelson. Photo: Submitted

Selkirk Pro-Musica presents A Tribute to Michel Legrand in Nelson Oct. 7

Legrand was a French jazz pianist, composer and three-time Oscar winner

Selkirk Pro-Musica will initiate its 2022-23 concert series with A Tribute to Michel Legrand on Oct. 7.

Vocalist Noémi Kiss, pianist David Restivo and violinist Don MacDonald will introduce concertgoers to Michel Legrand, the jazz musician, composer and conductor who wrote the music for such films as Yentl, Summer of 42 and The Thomas Crown Affair (Windmills of Your Mind). Legrand won three Oscars and three Grammys.

“The songs are beautiful, and the lyrics, mostly written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, are amazing, magical and mysterious,” says Kiss. “I feel privileged to be collaborating with Don and Dave, both exceptional musicians.”

Kiss moved to Canada in 2009 after an extensive classical music career in Europe. She works closely with the Nelson Choral Society, teaches singing, is a founding member of the vocal trio Ananta (with Allison Girvan and Kathleen Neudorf) and is currently the conductor of Cottonwood Singers.

Don Macdonald. Photo: Submitted

Don Macdonald. Photo: Submitted

Macdonald is an award-winning composer of film and concert music with an eclectic musical background as a performer, producer, educator, and conductor. He teaches in Nelson at the Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology Program.

Restivo also teaches at the Selkirk Collage program. He one of Canada’s most respected and influential jazz artists and is a three-time winner of the National Jazz Awards’ Pianist of the Year.

A Tribute to Michel Legrand will be presented at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church (corner of Ward and Silica), at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, October 7. Tickets are $20 and are available at Otter Books.

Selkirk Pro-Musica is planning four more concerts this season with styles ranging from jazz to chamber music. Concerts will be announced on Facebook (Selkirk Pro-Musica) and by email. Those who would like to be added to the email list can send a request to selkirkconcertsociety@gmail.com.

 

David Restivo. Photo: Submitted

David Restivo. Photo: Submitted