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West Kelowna’s Evelyn Krieger, 22, was a high achiever at the 2019 Kelowna Kiwanis Festival, which just completed its 93rd year helping Okanagan amateurs perform, learn and grow. She received top honours in the senior piano category, a $200 scholarship, a nomination to the provincial competition, and a performance spot in the Festival’s Gala Concert. The concert is at 7 p.m. this Friday, May 31st, at Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts. Everyone is welcome.

Krieger is receiving one of nearly 60 cash scholarships totaling almost $7,000 to be presented at this Friday’s
Gala Concert. The 30 top festival participants who will represent Kelowna at provincials also received assistance with entry fees bringing the total amount that the 2019 Kelowna Kiwanis Festival invested in local talent to more than $10,000. This is Krieger’s second appearance at Kelowna’s Kiwanis Festival, and she’s performed at similar festivals at least seven other times. She’s especially honoured to receive the $200 Jaromey Ryane Memorial Scholarship for most evocative performance of a dance movement or piece. “I always try to express all the emotions of the piece onto the keys and to the audience,” she said. “For me, every piece has a storyline and colour that I want to convey.” The scholarship is donated by Clive Titmuss and Susan Adams of Kelowna’s Early Music Studio in memory of Clive’s beloved Ottawa music teacher
Jaromey Ryane.

Krieger has been playing piano ever since she can remember, plunking away after watching her two older siblings practise. Her Kelowna piano teacher, Joseph Berarducci, says the Kelowna Kiwanis Festival
provides an important venue for nurturing, challenging and developing individuals engaged in artistic expression like Evelyn. “Each participant is looking forward to comments from competent adjudicators, sufficient time to be heard and evaluated, and an inspiring venue to perform in. Kelowna’s Kiwanis Festival delivers those opportunities,” he said. The 2019 Festival featured competitions in dance, music and voice
from March 3 until April 26, and saw more than 3,000 performers cross its stages.

To enjoy the Gala Concert celebrating the Festival’s best amateur performers, book your tickets online at the
RotaryCentrefortheArts.com or order them by phone at 250.717.5304.
Tickets cost $20 for adults and $5 for youth 17 and under.

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