Prairie Shakedown coming to Maple Ridge

Classical music and opera at Westacres features Alberta-born pianist Clark Schaufele

Local music teacher Rayne Beveridge will join Alberta-born pianist Clark Schaufele for the Prairie Shakedown Classical Concert Tour on Sunday, July 28 in Maple Ridge.

The concert, featuring classical piano and opera music, takes place at Westacres, located at 23575– 124th Ave., starting at 7 p.m.

Schaufele recently completed his Masters in Music from the University of Montreal. Prior to his studies in Montreal, Schaufele completed his Bachelor of Music at Indiana University, where he received a number of scholarships and awards.

Beveridge has recently been awarded a Canada Council composition grant to co-compose a children’s musical series with Schaufele.

While he studied out east, Schaufele is no stranger to the west, said Beveridge, who is the acting conductor for the Ridge Meadows Orchestra. He said Schaufele participated in the fall/winter creative music residency programs at the Banff Centre in 2009 and 2010.

As devoted collaborative pianist, he’s worked as the studio pianist for two-time Grammy-award-winning opera singer Sylvia McNair during her workshops. McNair, a soprano, has also performed on Broadway.

Beveridge said Schaufele continues to work as a freelance vocal coach and accompanist throughout Montreal, Indiana, and western Canada.

Schaufele also has talents beyond classical piano, said Beveridge.

Schaufele  plays both the keyboards and the double bass and has been involved in many performances, tours, and studio recordings, ranging from classical and jazz to country and folk. Beveridge said Schaufele is also an alumnae of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and a dedicated educator.

In addition to his extensive touring, Schaufele has spent the past five summers as the musical director for Odeum Theatre, producing performances such as Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance as well as Monty Python’s Spamalot.

• Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $10 for students.