CORNWALL, Ontario - Music masters from Bach to Bacharach – with a little Offenbach in the middle - will be featured at the Seaway Winds’ 13th upcoming annual concert series opener.
Masterful Music Makers, featuring guest performers, French horn soloist, George Lloyd, and vocalist, Janet Harris Timms, will begin in the Baroque era with classically inclined music, including pieces by Bach and Handle, explained Barb Hunter, founding conductor, Seaway Winds Concert Band. The concert, she continues, moves chronologically into the classical era with Hayden, Mozart and Beethoven, followed by a transition into the romantic era with Saint Saens, then on to Mussorgsky, and Offenbach. Next, England is represented with pieces by Gilbert and Sullivan, then across the pond to America, with Leroy Anderson. The final stretch of the performance will highlight masters of twentieth century Jazz - Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Count Basie - and last but certainly not least of the music masters, contemporary pop master, Burt Bacharach. Masterful Music Makers will be held on Saturday, October 19, at Aultsville Theatre. On Friday, December 6, Seaway Winds will be performing its annual Christmas concert, Peace on Earth, at St Columban’s Catholic Church, with soloist, Pierre Vaillancourt, who will be performing triple duty, playing his saxophone, singing and conducting. There will also be a carol sing-along with the audience. In keeping with the venue; “it’s going to be a very appropriate concert,” said Hunter, who explained the the selection of songs will be sacred as opposed to secular. From Broadway to Hollywood will be the final concert of the regular series, on Saturday, May 24, with guest singer Lacie Petrynka, performing selections from Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Evita, Cats, and A Star is Born. Seaway Winds will continue to perform throughout the summer, every second Wednesday in June and July, as part of the Arts in the Park, summer concert series in Lamoureux Park. “New members are always welcome to come in and sit with the band,” said Hunter. “As long as (they) can play at an intermediate level; we don’t hold auditions, as long as they can play what we’re playing.” Tickets for the series are available at Cornwall and Seaway Valley Tourism, 11 Water Street West, or the Cornwall Square, 2nd flood administration office, or available on at the door of any of the events. Series tickets are $30 (for three concert) or individually, at $15 per concert. For further information visit www.seawaywinds.ca