Pianists Combine Talent to Benefit Education and the Arts

The Soper Reese Theatre welcomes the return of the popular Pianists Benefit Concert after a three-year hiatus imposed by the pandemic.

The performance on Sunday, May 21, will feature six professional pianists combining their diverse musical styles to raise funds for the theatre’s Renovation Fund and scholarship programs of the Lake County Friends of Mendocino College.

The afternoon begins at 2 p.m. with a no-host reception, followed by the concert at 3 p.m.

Premium reserved seat tickets may be purchased for $30; general assigned seats are $25 and youth 18 and under are admitted free of charge.  Tickets are available online at www.soperreesetheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at (707) 263-0577. 

Performers from Lake and Mendocino counties include Spencer Brewer, Elena Casanova, Tom Ganoung, Elizabeth MacDougall, Barney McClure and Ed Reinhart. 

The concert will feature all the pianists on stage throughout the performance as they converse about their life experiences and play a variety of musical selections, ranging from classical to jazz, boogie-woogie to Cuban, original compositions to popular favorites.

Mistress of ceremonies for the event will be Laura McAndrews Sammel, CEO of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and president of the Rotary Club of Lakeport.

Major sponsors of this tenth benefit concert include the Law Office of Mary Heare Amodio, the Law Office of Judy Conard, Lakeport Furniture, Strong Financial Network, Jane Alameda, Community First Credit Union and Tomkins Tax Consultants. 

Additional sponsors are Bernie and Lynne Butcher, Peggy Campbell, Jon and Annette Hopkins, Tim Karas, Susie LaPointe, Natalie Marino, Pat and Lori McGuire, Steve and Carol Schepper, and Wilda Shock.

Proceeds from the event will be dedicated to the Renovation Fund of the Soper Reese Theatre for continuing efforts to modernize and expand its facilities, and to the annual scholarship fund of the Lake County Friends of Mendocino College, plus the summer production of Shakespeare at the Lake in lakeside parks in Clearlake and Lakeport.

The Soper Reese Theatre is located at 275 S. Main Street in Lakeport.  Autographed CDs and other materials by the artists will be available for sale during the reception and intermission.

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