Classics and Cake in Parksville

Residents can enjoy an evening of charming music on Sunday, August 12, followed by cake and ice cream at Know United Church.

Violinist Annie Trépanier and Violist Steve Larson from Connecticut will be performing with local pianist Alan Whitmore at Classics and Cake at Know United Church on Sunday

Violinist Annie Trépanier and Violist Steve Larson from Connecticut will be performing with local pianist Alan Whitmore at Classics and Cake at Know United Church on Sunday

Residents can enjoy an evening of charming music on Sunday, August 12, followed by cake and ice cream at Know United Church.

It’s called Classics and Cake and it will combine the violin and viola music of Connecticut-based professional musicians Annie Trépanier and Steve Larson with local pianist and director of music ministries at Knox United, Alan Whitmore.

Whitmore said the program includes some classical music as well as other genres, such as a piece from internationally recognized folk, jazz bluegrass artist Mark O’Connor.

“So it’ll be that kind of an influence,” he said, “bluegrass, jazz, (and) country.”

There will also be music by George Gershwin, along with Mozart, Martinu and Piazzolla.

Trépanier and Larson studied music at McGill University and hold Masters Degrees in music performance. Both perform regularly at concerts in Connecticut.

They have had a busy summer performing and teaching at the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia, and are coming to the area to visit Steve’s parents who live in Qualicum Beach.

Whitmore has been active in music for about 60 years and has played the piano throughout his life.

Whitmore said the music is very accessible and easy to listen to, and the program is far from boring.

“It’s going to be a wonderful, exciting         program,” he said.

Classics and Cake happens at Knox United Church in Parksville Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, available from the church office, Mulberry Bush book stores, or at the door.