By Barb Wayland
Is that spring calling?
Days have been warmer and the primroses and crocuses have bloomed, hinting that this side of the continent will probably soon be able to say it is truly spring. Many of us have friends and family living east of the Rockies who are still shoveling record snows and our thoughts and prayers go out to them.
Last month I gave you the list of upcoming concerts at the church. Both Michael Munro and the Mystic Winds Ensemble of the Naden Band gave fabulous performances in February, kicking off what looks to be the best series ever. I have recently heard from producer Lucy Williams that several more concerts have been added. With the first two concerts behind us and off the list, we have more to look forward to than we did this time last month. The March musicians are a talented bunch.
Fanfares N’ Fugues with Ray Kirkham and Karen Nakajima will play March 8 at 4 p.m.
Kirkham’s musical career began in 1965 when he was a student at UBC. In 1966 he joined the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony and formed the Vancouver Brass Quintet. Ray has performed with many fine musicians including Doc Severenson, Ray Charles, YoYo Ma, Yehudi Menuhin, Joan Sutherland and Placido Domingo. He taught at UBC, the Vancouver Academy of Music, Douglas College and Trinity Western University. His movie score credits include The Changeling, The Alamo, Disney Studios’ Air Bud series, and the Sports World Cup 2002. Kirkham is now retired and has just celebrated his 70th birthday.
Nakajima studied music at UBC and Vienna. She has been a featured pianist with the Capilano University Wind Ensemble and has performed in the Lower Mainland and Point Roberts. She accompanies singers, instrumentalists and choirs, and also plays trumpet in a number of ensembles and chamber groups. Learn more about her at nakajimamusic.com.
Then on March 22 at 4 p.m., Linnea Gibbs is bringing her trombone quartet Trombones al Fresco for an afternoon of jazz. The quartet performed at the Nat Bailey Stadium last July. This is their first performance in Point Roberts and they promise a highly enjoyable concert.
Here is the latest list of the remaining concerts beginning in April:
April 10, 7 p.m.: Trinity and St David’s Community Choirs sing ABBA
April 12, 3 p.m.: Capilano Flute Choir
April 25, 3 p.m.: Cowal-Earle Duo presenting “Vignettes of Canada ”
May 24, 4 p.m.: Chamber West Quintet
June 21, 4 p.m.: Bergamasca Recorders
August 8, 4 p.m.: The Gospel Boys
September 12, 7 p.m.: Folk Music for the Ages, featuring vocalist Marian Buechert.
As always, admission is by donation.
A quick reminder about Easter: Good Friday service will be at 11 a.m. on April 3. Easter Service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 5.