The keys will surely please at Sarah Spring’s CD release party tomorrow night (February 1).
Spring is looking forward to playing tunes from her newly-released CD entitled Prints at a concert that is taking place at Trinity United Church at 8 p.m.
Prints, which has been a labour of love two years in the making, features all original compositions from Spring.
“I’m proud of the melodies and how they developed,” she says. “They were written while my kids were still little so they have happy associations.”
The CD was recorded by Spring herself and features an incredibly unique sound thanks to a Steinway piano as well as some borrowed microphones. Those two elements combined enabled her to create a “warm, intimate sound.”
I had a vision of the sound I wanted and I was able to execute it. My hope is that listeners will feel uplifted by the melodies and pieces, and I hope that my chill piano album will be far-reaching. It’s easy to listen to.
Prints is the third CD Spring has released in the last eight years. Back in 2011, Spring teamed up with local artist Beverley Hawksley for a multi-media project called Imagining Winnie. Hawksley completed a series of paintings of Winnie Trainer (the love/partner of famed Canadian painter Tom Thomson) and Spring composed songs to go with them. Winter Solace, Spring’s second CD, was released in 2015 and featured a variety of arrangements of Christmas carols for solo piano.
Over the years, Spring has garnered a reputation for being one of the area’s most talented pianists. This past summer, she composed the music that accompanied videos played at the beginning of shows featured at the Algonquin Theatre as part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.
“That was a lot of fun,” she says. “I also composed the soundtrack for a local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Calling herself more of a composer than a performer, Spring has been playing the piano since she was five years old. She is the organist at All Saints’ Anglican Church, where she plays every Sunday. As a piano teacher in town, Spring operates a vibrant music studio out of her home. “I have a lot of students and I love them,” she says.
When she first announced her CD release of Prints on social media, she admits she was taken aback by all the support and kind comments.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” she says of tomorrow night’s show. “It’s something everybody can come to and enjoy.”
Tickets to Sarah Spring’s CD release/concert are $10 at the door.
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