FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/17/2016
Guelph's Oldest Band Moves Staple Holiday Concert to New Venue
After years of presenting the holiday and spring concert series out of Harcourt Church on Dean Ave., Guelph Concert Band has outgrown that stage and is trying something new at Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Rd. in Guelph, west of the Hanlon.
"We are pleased to invite locals and visitors from out of town to join us in celebration at the new venue, where people will love the great acoustics and warmth of the sanctuary, the cozy snack room as well as convenient parking," says french horn player Catherine Masi, former concert manager and current president of the band.
On Sunday, November 27 at 3 p.m., Three Willows is the place to enjoy music for the Festive Season as the Guelph Concert Band presents “A Royal Christmas” under the baton of Dr. Chris Cigolea. Celebrate Christmas music from traditional classics to modern twists. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for children under 12, and may be purchased on-line at guelphconcertband.ca, from band members or at the door.
This will be a fun filled afternoon with delightful pieces from Charlie Brown, the Grinch, and the “Nightmare Before Christmas”. The program opens with “A Festival Fanfare for Christmas”, a bellowing explosion of brass excellence with layers of recognizable Christmas tunes, followed by ecstatic runs through the woodwinds, culminating in grand festive harmony. A special feature for this concert is “Sketches on a Tudor Psalm” by Fisher Tull, a composer from Texas. The piece is a broody lament based on a 16th century setting of the Second Psalm by Thomas Tallis, an English composer of choral music.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their friends and family, and plan to enjoy a meal afterwards at Smokin' Tony's BBQ, a neighbourhood restaurant close to Three Willows who are offering a 15% discount to those who present their tickets from the show.
About Guelph Concert Band: Formed in 1878, the Guelph Concert Band has evolved into a concert symphonic band and registered charity, bringing live music to various venues throughout the year. Membership is made up of a mix of professionals and community members passionate about music, led by Romanian-born conductor Dr. Chris Cigolea. A musical leader extraordinaire, Cigolea is recipient of the 2016 Mayor's Award and founder of the new CIG School of Performing Arts.
Guelph Concert Band is grateful for the support of the City of Guelph, Musagetes Fund of the Guelph Community Foundation, the Oak Tree Project, WorldSource Securities, The Woolwich Arrow, and 20% Solutions.
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