Marie Galyean: Sean Rogers offers Nampa concert filled with passion, humor, fun

February 9, 2014 

Popular local and international master of the piano and organ Sean Rogers will again perform at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S., with a one-night show at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, creating images of love, passion, beauty and comedy with his music.

Using themes of color to tie his selections together, the first half of the program features reds, with Latin rhythms, jazz and romance, enhanced by musicians Chris and Grant Green on guitar, bass and percussion and singer Stephan Craig. The second half of the program will move to cooler blues, including “Rhapsody in Blue,” and end with the stirring “Hymn to Freedom.”

Noted for his delightful accompaniment of silent films, Rogers will display his skill with a short 1920s film, Laurel and Hardy’s “We Faw Down.” He said he has loved creating music for these silent films since he was 14, and he will be offering a newly released DVD that includes some of his improvisations, composed on the spot.

His piano and organ career has taken him around much of the United States and to eight other countries. He is especially known throughout the Treasure Valley for his accompaniment with handbell soloist Phyllis Tincher in benefit concerts for local charities.

Rogers said he enjoys creating this “multimedia” type of concert because it “lets people experience the music in a different way.”

This unique show is part of the Civic Center’s Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $20 and may be reserved by calling 468-5555.

MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP PLANS DINNER, SILENT AUCTION

The annual banquet and silent auction, held by Mission Aviation Fellowship, is planned for Saturday, March 1, and reservations should be made by Feb. 26 by calling organizer Judy Harmon at 498-0784.

The event will be held at the MAF building at 112 N. Pilatus Lane, near the Nampa Airport. MAF is a non-profit Christian ministry that supports hundreds of missionary families around the world and offers people in isolated areas aviation services for medical emergencies.

Communications Officer Dianna Gibney said those attending may purchase dinner and an airplane ride, beginning at 5:30 p.m., for $90 per person or $175 per couple. The cost of dinner alone will be $40 per person or $75 per couple. The meal, served at 7 p.m., will be catered by chef Ben Thorpe.

The event’s proceeds will benefit the Cornerstone Scholarship Fund for children of MAF missionaries. An exciting silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and will offer such unique items as four one-hour night flights over the Treasure Valley on July 4 to observe the area fireworks; artwork; golf packages; a night at Ashley Inn in Cascade; gift certificates; and much more.

ELEGANT HIGH-TEA SET AT HASBROUCK HOUSE

Experience the luxury, charm and mystique of the PBS show “Downton Abbey” by attending a vintage fashion show, arranged by “Style in Time” and Kathy Stuppy, at the historic HasBrouck House at 1403 12th Ave. S., Nampa.

The High Tea is planned for Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 899-2547 no later than Feb. 20. The cost for the event is $27 per person.

The High Tea will be served by Gentlemen Stewards in formal attire, and the tea delicacies will be designed and prepared by chef Michael Mohica.

Guests are invited to dress in vintage, formal or party attire.

Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to riedevine@cableone.net.

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