Evening with the Stars – March 14, 2017, Arden Theatre



A benefit concert featuring Senator Tommy Banks, pianist, recipient of the Juno Award and Gemini Award along with Colin MacLean, journalist and raconteur who wrote and introduced some of the Tommy Banks Shows for CBC television.

Also featuring performances by past recipients of the St. Albert Music Festival Rose Bowl (best of festival) – concert pianist Todd Yaniw, opera singer Michelle Garlough, cellist Julia Dolman and Belle Canto Women’s Choir.

The concert celebrates to 40th anniversary of the St. Albert Music Festival. Revenues are to be shared equally between the Rotary Music Festival and the Tommy Banks Performing Arts Fund.

Please join us and book your tickets now!  $35 each

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tommy-banks Canadian jazz legend, Tommy Banks is a pianist, conductor, arranger, composer, TV personality, actor, producer, and politician  His unparalleled, multi-faceted career spans more than 60 years in virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry in Canada. A professional jazz pianist at age 14, he went on to lead his own bands, conduct symphony orchestras around the world, direct musical ceremonies at international events, host his own long-running television show, and act in film and television.  READ FULL BIO.



Colin MacLean came to Edmonton to sign on CBC television fifty years ago. Since then he has worked in just about every aspect of broadcasting. Colin wrote and assisted in the production of “The Tommy Banks Show” and “Stompin’ Tom’s Canada,” was anchor for the current affairs program “Edmonton AM” on CBC radio for 8 years and host of the highly popular high school quiz program “Reach for the Top” for 20 years.  READ FULL BIO.





Belle Canto Women’s Choir, founded in 1991 by conductor Heather Johnson, is regarded as one of Canada’s leading women’s choral ensembles. Originally a group of university students, the choir now consists of amateur singers from all walks of life. The women of the choir are committed to performing and commissioni
ng music specifically written for treble voices and they share a common interest in performing this music at the highest professional standards.




Born in St. Albert, Julia Dolman began playing cello at age 6. She grew up in a house filled with music and started playing chamber music with her three sisters at an early age. While completing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta, she discovered a passion for music history and decided to continue her studies with a Master of Arts in Musicology at the University of Toronto, focusing on depictions of music in fiction literature and issues of gender representation in contemporary string quartet performance. After graduating in 2013, Julia returned to Edmonton, where she now works as a grant writer for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Francis Winspear Centre for Music. In addition to her day job, Julia teaches cello and performs as a solo cellist, with the Bel Suono Quartet and Kitka Quartet, and as part of various other chamber ensembles in the Edmonton area.



michelle-headshotMezzo-Soprano Michelle Garlough is a St.Albert native and holds a Masters of Music in voice performance from the University of Western Ontario.  Michelle is a regular performer with Toronto Operetta Theatre and Opera in Concert.  Most recent credits include Gwendolen in TOT’s critically acclaimed production of The Importance of Being Earnest and Mrs. Jones in Street Scene. Michelle resides in Toronto where she is the owner of the Amici School of Music and is also the host of children’s television show World’s Coolest Forests.



todd-yaniwCanadian pianist Todd Yaniw is a young concert pianist praised for his “atmospheric contract of poetry and power…a hair-raising performance.”  He has performed throughout Canada as a soloist with many Canadian orchestras and on chamber music series, including Ottawa’s prestigious Chamber Music Festival. He has also been featured on CBC Radio in Canada and Toronto’s Classical FM 96.3. Todd has made a name for himself internationally with appearances in the United States, Europe, Jamaica, and China. He has won many prestigious awards including support from the Canada Council. Born in Edmonton, Todd’s teachers include Michael Massey, James Parker, James Anagnoson, and Jon Kimura Parker; he completed his doctorate with Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin.