Algoma University’s Music Department will be hosting a fundraiser on Friday, January 9th at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites, which will feature special performances from Duo Turgeon and the Comedics. The evening, titled “From the Sublime to the Ridiculous”, begins at 7:00pm.
Duo Turgeon is a world-renowned husband and wife piano duo. Drs. Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon, two members of Algoma U’s Music faculty, have established themselves as one of the North America’s prominent piano duos, having performed hundreds of concerts at venues such as the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Yong Siew Toh Concert Hall in Singapore, among others. Duo Turgeon is the only North American piano duo to have taken first prizes in both the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duos (Czech Republic) and the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition (Miami). They have given world premiere performances of works by John Corigliano, Aaron Copland, Alex Pauk, and Libby Larsen.
The Comedics are a group of doctors and associates who specialize in keeping their audience in stitches, and follow the motto that “laugher is the best medicine”. In the past 15 years, they have donated their time and talent to events that have raised over two-million dollars for local charitable groups, including Bon Soo Winter Carnival, Canadian Red Cross, Sault Area Hospital, among others. In 2010, they group was awarded the Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit for their contributions to the community. The Comedics is comprised of Gene Turgeon (vocals and lyrics), Bob Maloney (vocals, electric, acoustic guitar), John Pearson (vocals, acoustic guitar), Rob Askin (bass guitar), Denise Lacroix (vocals, acoustic guitar), Colette Chiarello (vocals), Phil Greco (percussion), Frank Greco (keyboard), Tony Kajnar (electric guitar), Mike Lacroix (sound), and Rob Rock (lights).
The event aims to raise funds for the Music department at Algoma University. The funds raised will go toward creating scholarships for students in the Music program thereby attracting more students to the program, and equipping the department with more instruments for students to perform with.
“We are very excited to be performing in the first-ever Music fundraising event,” said Dr. Edward Turgeon, a member of Duo Turgeon, and Chair of the Music department. “This event will help bring recognition to the growing program at Algoma University as well as showcase the musical talent within the city. It is sure to be an entertaining evening that will help benefit the University and the City of Sault Ste. Marie.”
Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Sault Ste. Marie Community Theatre Centre Box Office in the Station Mall or online at www.kctc.ca. Tickets are $40.00 per person.
A cash bar and reception begins at 7:00pm and the performances follow at 8:00pm.
This event may not be suitable for children.