|Music to Move the Soul: Concert by Eric Genuis|
On October 24th, at 7:00 p.m., internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso pianist Eric Genuis will perform live in concert at Madawaska Valley District High School in Barry's Bay, accompanied by a world-class cellist, violinist, and vocalist. During the concert, Eric will also give his own reflections on music and culture, recounting some inspiring, personal stories of love and loss, of tragedy and hope.
This concert is open to every member of the family, and Eric strongly encourages all ages to attend. “It does not bother the musicians if children make noise during the concerts,” he says. “Children are not inspired if they are left at home.” His intense, passion-filled, and intelligent compositions, which reflect a contemporary style, are accessible to all, and one need not be a classical musician to enjoy them. As Eric makes clear, he performs “for children in grade schools, and for the musical elite.” In short, Eric’s mission is to share his passion for music with as many people as he can, especially with those who might not otherwise experience that passion.
Eric, while acknowledging the value of music as entertainment, is a firm believer in the impact that music has on culture, as well as in its ability to bring hope and healing to the human soul. He feels a strong sense of obligation to share his music and his message with those who might not otherwise hear it, and who may be most in need. In particular, he is influenced by the words of Pope Benedict XVI: “[It is the responsibility of musicians] to use music to mitigate situations of human difficulty, such as in hospitals and prisons.” With these words in mind, Eric has performed in many prison settings, in schools, in rehabilitation and crisis centres, and has also given benefit concerts for various charities. When he performs in Barry’s Bay on October 24th, he will be on his way to the 2012 National Pro-Life Conference in Toronto.
Performing with Eric on October 24th will be world class cellist Sophie Webber, violinist Alena Merimee, and soprano Holly Sedillos. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and runs roughly 90 minutes. A free-will offering will be collected. Come on out and experience music through the eyes of Eric Genuis.
For more information about the concert, contact Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy 613-756-3082.
For more information on Eric Genuis, visit www.ericgenuis.com