ESCANABA - The Bonifas Arts Center's Piano In Summer concert pays tribute to some of our fine area keyboard artists, with a performance on Sunday in the Center Studio at 3 p.m.
Performers will include Mary Bastian, Kaylene Bigelow, Beth Ann Fudala, John Ignatowski, Lorrayne Krans, Betty Lundin, and Karen Pratt. Musical selections range from Scott Joplin to sacred selections to Bach and Granados.
"We have a great keyboard community in this area," said Fudala, Special Events Director for the Arts Center. "As a piano teacher myself, I'm very aware of the talent right here. At the Bonifas, we have a tradition of embracing all types of art, and all types of music. We're proud to spotlight these fine musicians."
John Ignatowski will be one of the featured performers in Piano In Summer, at the Bonifas Arts Center Studio on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Of the performers, all except Bigelow teach or have taught piano in the local area.
Mary Bastian is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and a retired band director. She currently teaches private piano and band instruments at Jim's Music and Teaching Center and is pianist for Salisbury United Methodist Church.
Kaylene Bigelow is a student of Ann Wood, and has studied with Bastian as well.
Beth Ann Fudala has a studio in Wells, and is organist for Christ the King Lutheran Church.
John Ignatowski is currently Director of Sacred Music and Liturgy for St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parish. Originally from lower Michigan, ("Yes, I'm a troll," he says,) Ignatowski has lived in the Upper Peninsula for one year longer than downstate as of this year. He moved to the U.P. for a job in Sault Ste. Marie, and ended up in Escanaba. Although he plays fiddle and cello as well as keyboard, he'll concentrate on the piano for this concert.
Lorrayne Krans has taught music in the Gladstone Schools as well as having a private piano studio. She also served for many years at New Life Assembly, and is familiar to hundreds of area children as the rehearsal pianist for Missoula Childrens' Theatre performances.
Betty Lundin taught private piano in Escanaba until 1998, and has been a regular performer for the Bonifas. She is a retired organist who played in churches until about five years ago. Area residents also know her son, Paul, a professional violinist.
Karen Pratt is from Rapid River where she celebrates a 50-year music teaching career. She has been involved in music all her life through church and piano. Besides teaching, Pratt plays for churches and nursing homes. She's part of The Country Wheels band which won the U.P. State Fair "Battle of the Bands" a few years ago, too.
Tickets to the performance are $10, or $5 for students, and are available at the Center or online at bonifasarts.org. For information, call 786-3833.