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Panflute master to perform charity concert in Drayton

DRAYTON - It’s a musical instrument that’s not heard often in Ontario, but a master of  the panflute will bring its unique sound to this community next week.

A concert by panflute  master Liselotte Rokyta is scheduled for Oct. 21. Accompanied by Andre Knevel, a world-renowned pianist and organist, Rokyta is making a rare appearance in the province.

The concert will be held at the Drayton Christian Reformed Church, 888 Main Street, at 7:30pm.

Admission is free with a goodwill offering to provide subsidies for individuals and families who need professional counselling but are unable to afford the fees associated with their therapy.

It’s a tremendous opportunity to take in a unique concert while supporting a charitable cause, said Rev. Brian Lise of Warman, SK.

Lise, who is on the board of governors with the Canadian Bible Society and has over 35 years of experience working with Christian charities, will be the master of ceremonies for the concert on behalf of New Life Charity.

“In my work with Christian charities and through daily interaction with people, it is evident that so many of us carry burdens that affect our mental health,” said Lise.

“For many people, seeking professional counselling is not an option they can afford. The work that New Life Charity does brings hope to such people by filling the financial gap, so that they can get the help they need.”

Lise said the charity works in partnership with By Peaceful Waters, a Christian counselling agency with a network of offices in local churches across Ontario.

Lise said Knevel and Rokyta have been offering benefit concerts in support of Christian charities for the past six years all over Canada.

Lise first got to know the musicians several years ago, when they performed in Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall.

“They were looking to do a dress rehearsal for the concert,” recalls Lise, “So they decided to do a benefit concert in a church. I knew a number of musicians, as well as choir people and a director, so that’s where it started about 15 years ago. For the past six years, they’ve done the concerts specifically for Christian charities.”

He noted that while the musicians’ expenses are paid, money raised at the concert goes directly to the charity.

Lise said people may be surprised at how beautiful the panflute sounds live.

“This lady is an absolute master of the instrument,” he stated. “It will be an experience for the audience.”

For information contact Lise at 519-501-0656.

October 13, 2017

 
 

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