Nanaimo Summer Serenade

It’s summertime, and on Sunday afternoon, August 8, 2010, the entertainment will be easy. Just drop by the Nanaimo Art Gallery downtown for Summer Serenade with talented pianist and composer Sarah M. Wood. She will be joined by local musicians Marty Shepard (trumpet), Mauro Azzaro (guitar), Tamara Lea (vocals), Carolyn Den Hertog (vocals), and Sarah Sorgiovanni (vocals).

This is a debut performance of songs from Sarah’s new Broadway-style musical Take off or Take the Fall, along with the instrumental soundtrack for a short film, Sailing from Schooner Cove, premiering February 2, 2011 at the Port Theatre.

Classically trained and influenced by everything from Sondheim to Satie, Wood’s musical career began at the tender age of 10 when she composed her first piece of music on her mother’s piano. Since then, Sarah has written over 250 pieces of music on both piano and guitar. Her musical style ranges from classical to jazz, theatrical to sacred and her live performances have included everything from intimate solos to accompaniment for three-choir ensembles.

Commenting on Wood’s CD Ocean Tapestry, Mary Ann Moore of More Living Magazine wrote that she could “…hear the ocean in Sarah`s music. Her compositions are a hint of Broadway meeting Pacific-Northwest ocean and rainforest, with a connection to the divine.”

Summer Serenade promises to be a sophisticated afternoon of art and music with some of Nanaimo’s finest musical talent. The show takes place on Sunday, August 8, 2010, from 3 to 5 pm at the Nanaimo Art Gallery downtown, 150 Commercial Street. Admission is by donation and refreshments will be available during intermission. For more information call the Nanaimo Art Gallery at 250-754-1750.