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Plucking at the strings of french arts in the community

Young harpist to give special performance in St. Eustache

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Comité Chemache is looking to pluck people’s interest in French culture with a special performance by Fannystelle’s own Janelle Nadeau.


The 25 year-old professionally-trained harpist will make a stop in St. Eustache on Sat., April 21 as part of her first-ever solo tour.


Comite Chemache is a St. Eustache-based organization which promotes French language concerts in the area.


Organizer Sylvia Allard said featuring an artist of Nadeau’s calibre is in keeping with the organization’s mandate.


"The purpose of our group is to encourage young artists and promote a lot of French in our community," she said. "This is our third season of putting on concerts and this is only the second time we will have a concert of this size."


Allard said the committee is rolling out the red carpet for Nadeau by staging the concert at the St. Eustache Church.


"Normally we just have small concerts every month, but Janelle is special because she is young and extremely talented," she said.


Allard said that Nadeau’s performance will be a one-of-a-kind experience that will showcase multiple harps and a range of musical stylings that range from Celtic and Spanish to original compositions.  


For Nadeau, who currently lives and studies in Vancouver, it is an opportunity to return to the community where she spent most of her formative years.


"It’s always nice to return to my home province and I am really excited about doing the show in St. Eustache because it is the only show on the tour that has French language elements," she said.


Nadeau added she is excited about the fact she will be performing a solo show for the first time in the province where she grew up.


A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Nadeau majored in harp performance. She placed first overall at the 2008 Winnipeg Women’s Musical Club competition and was a runner-up at the event in 2006. The bilingual artist’s performances have also been showcased on CBC and Via TVA television.


Nadeau has trained under the tutelage of Grammy-nominated performer and writer Deborah Henson-Conant and harpists Richard Turner, Heidi Krutzen and Rita Costanzi. She has also toured with multiple award winning groups and artists including Kanye West, Winter Harp, Trio Lotos and Manitoba Arts Network.


To book tickets for the St. Eustache concert contact Allard at 353-2464. To see a complete listing of Nadeau’s concert schedule visit her website at www.janellenadeau.com.

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