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Westshore Community Concert Band presents two more Canada 150 shows

Goldstream News Gazette - Joel Tansey, July 28, 2017

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Westshore Community Concert Band presents two more Canada 150 shows
The Westshore Community Concert Band will present two more Canada 150 shows featuring compositions from Canadian musicians.
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The biggest Canada 150 party may have passed, but the Westshore Community Concert Band is hoping to keep the celebration going throughout the summer.

Stringing together pieces from a variety of Canadian composers, the group will present two more editions of its “Canadian Music Through the Ages” show on July 29 at Metchosin’s St. Mary’s of the Incarnation church and Sept. 16 in Langford at Our Lady of the Rosary.

The band performed in Highlands earlier this month and conductor Mike Dominy said the all-Canadian program was well received.

“We had some very positive feedback about particular numbers they enjoyed which I’ve kept in mind for the next program,” he said.

Early One Morning, well known as the theme on the CBC’s long-running children’s show The Friendly Giant, emerged as a favourite, Dominy noted.

“I think it struck a bit of a nostalgic chord,” he said.

Several pieces are based on French Canadian folk songs and those also went over well with the audience, Domino added. Other selections are by composers ranging from Robert Buckley, who wrote music for both Expo ‘86 and the 1994 Commonwealth Games, to Calixa Lavallee, composer of O Canada.

Both remaining West Shore shows are free and start at 2 p.m.


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