Cellist Benjamin Louwersheimer and pianist Jennifer Lim perform in concert on Saturday, May 25 at The Reach Gallery Museum. Submitted

Pianist and cellist featured at fundraising concert at The Reach

Concert on Saturday, May 25 at Abbotsford gallery-museum

The Reach Gallery Museum hosts a spring concert on Saturday, May 25 featuring two accomplished young musicians.

The concert starts at 1:30 p.m. at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way) and showcases the talents of pianist Jennifer Lim and cellist Benjamin Louwersheimer.

They will perform favourites such as Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor for Arpeggione and Piano D. 821, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58.

The concert is a fundraiser for The Reach’s Emerge program, which supports aspiring artists and arts professionals ages 18 to 35 in the Fraser Valley.

Thanks to the support provided by Ken Funk, all proceeds from ticket sales will go to this program.

Lim has an international performance history and has worked as a concerto soloist across North America with symphonies from Vancouver to Mississippi.

Lim made her debut in New York at Carnegie Hall and in Europe at the Eltville Festival in Germany in 2000.

This avid chamber musician has released eight CDs and has performed with many notable artists, including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Katherine Needleman, Alexander Fiterstein and the world-renowned Prazak Quartet.

Lim is a graduate of both the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, and is currently the executive director of Beautiful Today, which supports young artists and charities in Korea.

Louwersheimer has been a diligent student of the cello since his childhood.

At age 12, he performed his first full-length recital, and the following year his string quartet placed first in the BC provincial finals.

Among Louwersheimer’s many accolades is a recent first-place win with his string quartet in the Felix Galimir Competition and the Haydn Challenge at the University of Toronto. Louwersheimer has completed a master’s performance at the University of Toronto, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate.

Tickets to the concert are $21 for Reach members and $25 for guests. They must be purchased in advance and are available online at thereach.ca or in person at The Reach.

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