May 20th, 2011
From the age of five, Canadian pianist Michelle Mares has carved and extraordinary path, attracting the attention of many of the world's most renowned musicians, winning several international competitions and distinguishing herself as a soloist and chamber musician at home and abroad. In her late twenties, she broke the mold and chose to devote herself primarily to raising her children. Now a mother of two, she resumes her journey as a concert artist, teacher and mentor, bringing a depth of maturity and experience to her musical vision.
In September, 2010, Lulu launched the 'Classical Women' calendar, which featured artful nudes of 12 classical musicians from Gabriola by Gabriola photographer, Carolyn Davey. This project was meant as a fundraiser, as such was very successful. As an art project it was one of the most interesting, engaging, and fulfilling projects I've ever been part of, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Special thanks Carolyn, to all the women who participated, and Andreas Kahre for his elegant design, and to all the sponsors and friends who helped make it possible. The calendar launch was a spirited event at Raspberry's with close to 100 people in attendance, with wonderful music provided by Lloyd Arntzen and Steve Smith.
Leah Hokanson, Artistic Director