St. Andrew’s United Church will welcome pianist Benjamin Smith to perform double duties this weekend.
Smith will open the 2021-22 Saturdays at 7 concert series at the church, which is also the dedication concert for the nine-foot Yamaha CF III Concert Grand piano recently purchased.
This concert takes place Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s.
Smith is a Chatham native whose musical talent was fostered by his parents and music teacher Andrea Battista.
He went on to study piano with various esteemed piano teachers and mentors, including teachers at the University of Toronto and The Juilliard School in New York City where he obtained his Master’s degree.
Smith has performed as soloist and chamber music musician across North America.
He currently resides in Toronto where he maintains a concert schedule and serves on the faculties of both the Glenn Gould School and the Taylor Young Artist Academy at the Royal Conservatory.
This nine-foot Yamaha concert piano replaced a smaller Yamaha grand piano that had reached the end of its useful life.
This concert launches the fall series of the ninth season of Saturdays at 7 at St. Andrew’s. The Sultans of String will perform the second concert on Nov. 6 followed by a Christmas program entitled A Carol for Christmas on Dec. 18.
Seating is limited and will be dependent on current public health guidelines.
Proof of full vaccination is required to attend the concert in person. Attendees must wear masks and social distance.
Those who wish to attend in person should pick up a ticket to reserve a spot.
The concert can also be viewed on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/standrews.
Donations (suggested $15) will be accepted to support St. Andrew’s music program.
For further information, contact St. Andrew’s United Church at 519-352-0010 or visit www.standrewschatham.org/music.