One of the dueling pianists grew up in High Prairie

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Jenesse Graling, originally from High Prairie, is one of the dueling pianists returning to the Legacy Centre on November 16. The other is Shane Young.

Graling joined Dueling Pianos in 2010 after successful tours in Canada and the US.

Young has performed for 20 years. He plays everything from Billy Joel to Garth Brooks and Elton John to Metallica.

This isn’t a typical piano concert. South Shore Children’s Association board members organize the event. Their description can be summed up as a ‘song auction.’

The two pianists sit at pianos facing each other, says a board member. An audience member approaches one of the pianists with a tip to request a song. Other patrons have the opportunity to outbid the requester to have another song played. Listeners can bid back and forth, while the pianist entertains everyone.

“Shane and Jenesse have a hilariously chaotic synergy that draws the audience in right from the first note!” says The Dueling Pianos information pamphlet. “Every performance is one-of-a-kind with amazing renditions of literally any song as the audience takes complete control of the show. The words ‘you can’t do that on a piano’ just don’t exist in their world.”

All proceeds and tips from this concert go to the South Shore Children’s Association. For 25 of the last 30 years, it has runs the playschool in Widewater.

The event includes dinner cooked by the Fix, alcohol, a silent auction, the concert, and 50/50 tickets.

The association needs auction items. To donate contact Kelsey Price at 780-849-0538.

Tickets are $80 and available at The Business Factory or by calling Price.

This is the second annual Dueling Pianos fundraiser. Last year, the event raised around $11,000.

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