Dayton concert to benefit historical society |

Dayton concert to benefit historical society

by Christina Nelson

The concert Music at Mia’s at the historic Odeon Concert Hall in Dayton will benefit the Carson Valley Historical Society. It will take place May 17 beginning at 4 p.m. and features both classical and contemporary music.

The program will consist of Charlotte Schaffner, piano soloist, and Eileen Bianchi, vocalist. Jane Theiss will accompany Bianchi on the piano.

Schaffner began playing the piano at age 8. She has taught music at the high school level and was the music director at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

Just over a year ago at age 75, she came out of retirement and took up piano again after her career as a teacher and mother.

Schaffner performed at the September 1996 concert at Carson Valley Middle School with the Western Nevada Women’s Orchestra.

After receiving a music degree, Bianchi traveled throughout the United States with the St. Olaf Choir. She was the music director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gardnerville for 17 years. She has sung with the Lyric Arts Singers and has performed throughout northern Nevada and California.

Theiss is a 23-year Carson City resident and piano teacher. She is currently an organist at First Presbyterian Church in Carson and an accompanist for the Reno-based Sierra Nevada Chorale.

She also performed at the February 1996 two-piano concert with “Squeek” LaVake, which benefited the Carson Valley Historical Society.

The first half of the program will have Schaffner performing a “Ballade” and “Waltz” by Fredric Chopin, an “Impromptou” by Franz Schubert and a selection by Scott Chopin. During the second half, Bianchi will sing several selections by Stephen Foster.

She will also be singing a few selections from an old hand bill from the Odeon Concert Hall, dated 1864.

Tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. For more information, contact Liz Paul at 265-3493.

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