Friday, May 14, 2010

Musical fanfare

I wanted to tell you about the hymn sing that we had at our church at the beginning of the month. We are having fundraisers for the new piano. The other one was 10 years old, and we are still trying to sell. The "old" one was wood, while this new grand piano is a black lacquered shiny thing. Because I am in my church's choir, I was in the choir loft the entire time. What a treat it was though. They took our organ out so that the audience could see Ay-Laung playing it. She called on some of her VSO friends to dazzle us with performances as well. One such "friend" is the current conductor of the VSO, Ken Hsieh. He is a world renowned concert pianist and conductor. He was only in town for the weekend, and "only for Ellen, anytime" would he condescend to play in such a small setting. I don't mean it in a negative way, but rather that this is not usually in his schedule, and as a favor to her, they played a duet, with Ellen on the organ and he, on the piano. They thrilled us with Duet Suite by Denis Bedard, movements Maestoso and Presto.

We were also joined by Trumpeter Marcus Goddard, pianist Evelyn Loewen, and soprano Robyn Driedger- Klassen.

Needless to say, it was quite the evening of culture. Now I am looking forward to Robyn's next performance to celebrate Chopin's 200th birthday, with music from Liszt, Mendelssohn, Viardot, Schumann as well. She will be joined by Kathryn Koslowsky Schmidt

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