The grand piano donated to The Old School House (TOSH) Arts Centre by Howie Meeker and Leah Meeker. (PQB News file photo)

The grand piano donated to The Old School House (TOSH) Arts Centre by Howie Meeker and Leah Meeker. (PQB News file photo)

TOSH to host 2nd annual Meeker Piano Celebration in Qualicum Beach

Piano series commemorates generosity of Howie and Leah Meeker

A group of exceptional pianists will play in the Meeker Piano Celebration at The Old School House (TOSH) Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach, starting in January.

The concert series will return for its second year to commemorate the generosity of Howie Meeker and Leah Meeker.

“Ardent and enthusiastic music supporters Howie and Leah Meeker approached TOSH in 2002 to propose the donation of a grand piano for the Music on Sunday Concert Series,” reads a news release by the arts centre. “This incredible gift has allowed the TOSH Music on Sunday program to invite pianists from all over the world to our intimate gallery setting.”

The series begins Jan. 22 with a performance of world jazz by Attila Fias at TOSH (122 Fern Rd. West).

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Fias is a Hungarian-born, Toronto-raised platinum-selling pianist and composer with a passion for blending world music with jazz. He has performed, recorded and toured worldwide with celebrated international musicians such as A.R. Rahman and Zakir Hussain, harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens, and Canadian legends such as Jackie Richardson and David Clayton-Thomas.

The series also includes performances by Wayne Weng (Jan. 29), Phil Dwyer (Feb. 5) and the Meeks Duo (Feb. 12).

The concerts will start at 2:30 p.m. and are approximately 75 minutes long with no intermission. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 + GST, with festival seating, and are available on TOSH’s website.

Tickets are non-refundable.

— NEWS Staff

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