“House concerts have opened so many doors: giving me and my colleagues a new performance space and appreciative audience, introducing me to new friends in Burlington that I would not have met in any other way and connecting us with organizations within the community that truly make this city feel like home,” she says.
"At Laurier, Renée regularly attended concerts through the KWCMS Music Room. It was her experience at a house concert hosted by this group that became the catalyst that sparked her own interest in home performances. “The atmosphere was electric and intimate, the musicians who performed there were always inspiring and had exciting performing careers. The audience was so engaged in that cozy space. I quickly became hooked,” she says.
(Laurier Alumni News)
"The homey familiarity of the living-room concert caught on in Barabash’s home city of Burlington, where she has lived for over 8 years. During that time, she has hosted many informal listening parties in her own home. And when she moved into her current home with its open-format design and spacious living room, she saw that it was the perfect space for house concerts that are open to the public. She also felt that she shouldn’t be the only artist performing. Instead, she envisioned the Project “as a way to invite more young classical musicians to perform here. The performers themselves are all highly-skilled, friendly and knowledgable,” she adds, “and they love guiding audiences through their chosen programs.”
Arpita Ghosal | October 27, 2016 (SesayArts Magazine)