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Arts: Music Niagara announces new chair ahead of summer fest
Paul Shelestowsky will take over as Music Niagara's new chair for its 26th season. He's been supporting the organization for more than seven years. SUPPLIED

A new chief is stepping up to lead the way at Music Niagara for another season of celebrating Niagara’s talented and passionate musicians.

Paul Shelestowsky, a supporter of Music Niagara for more than seven years, is slated to become the organization’s new board chair.

He has been board secretary and will succeed Patrick Little as chair.

Shelestowsky will bring to this new role an honours bachelor of music degree and more than three decades of experience in the financial industry, said a media release from Music Niagara co-authored by Shelestowsky and Atis Bankas, founder and artistic director.

“His vision and dedication have been instrumental in steering the organization toward a vibrant future where music and community thrive,” the release stated.

With his “imminent appointment” to this new role, his “unique blend of financial expertise and lifelong devotion to music” will guide Music Niagara to further achievements and engagement with the community.

As the Music Niagara team gears up to kick off the 26th season of its summer festival, it is asking for the community’s continued financial support in the form of donations.

“Your support at this pivotal moment is crucial. It will enable us to elevate the festival’s offerings and ensure that Music Niagara remains a beacon of cultural richness and artistic excellence,” the release stated.

Those interested can visit musicniagara.com/donate to make either a one-time donation or commit to a monthly donation to Music Niagara’s operating fund.

As for what’s in store for this summer’s festival, Bankas and Shelestowsky advise everyone to “stay tuned” as they will announce further details “in just a few weeks.”

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