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Montreal Piano Phenom Mimi Blais Performs 2/11 in Menlo Park

Original post made by Nan Bostick, Menlo Park: Felton Gables, on Jan 20, 2009

Concert pianist Mimi Blais returns from Montreal, Quebec, Canada to perform Wed. Feb. 11 at 7:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church at 1100 Middle Ave (corner Arbor) in Menlo Park to benefit the local Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs. Suggested donation is $25. In keeping with the Valentine’s season, her new solo program will feature romantic waltzes, classic ragtime favorites by Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, and others, plus music of the silent movie era to go with her latest CD “Silent.”

One of the most highly trained, gifted, and popular performers on the ragtime/jazz circuit, Mimi Blais is noted for her flawless technique at the piano, her wit, her humorous stage personas, and her charming French accent. Often dubbed “the female Victor Borge,” “the Céline Dion of the keyboard,” and “the French Canadian Liberacette,” the title she wears most proudly is “The New Queen of Ragtime.” In addition to the elaborate and hilarious “Mimi and Friends” shows she produces every year for the Royal Theatre in Versailles, MO, Mimi is the creator of two one-woman shows: “Once Upon a Time – Ragtime,” to illustrate the importance of ragtime music in the evolution of the American culture, and “An Afternoon with Jean-Baptiste Lafrenière,” to introduce the world to Quebec’s first published ragtime composer.

A prolific recording artist and composer, Mimi is a top headliner at music festivals worldwide, including the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary, the Oslo, Norway Jazz Festival, the annual Blind Boone and Scott Joplin Ragtime Festivals in Missouri, San Diego’s Dixieland Jazz Festival, and Sacramento’s West Coast Ragtime Festival. She studied at the Quebec Conservatory of Music and McGill University in Montreal, earning advanced degrees in both classical piano and performing arts. And can she ever perform, adding humor, history, theatrics, and always music that caresses, dazzles, speaks to the audience, and touches the soul.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. For more information contact 650-323-8544 or cjmaslin@juno.com. Visit www.firstbaptist for directions.

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Posted by Anne Prescott
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on Feb 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

To hear Mimi perform is always an uplifting, wonderful experience. She is an exceptionally fine pianist, and her down-to-earth, open style of just being make her concerts always entertaining. I can never hear enough of her concerts. I've driven long distances to hear her. Don't miss her!


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