Cascadia Wind Essemble Pays Tribute To Veterans

Cascadia Remembers – Music and Stories from the War Years
Submitted. On November 9, 2014, at 2:00 pm, the Cascadia Wind Ensemble with be performing at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, located at 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford.

The performance is titled, Cascadia Remembers – Music and Stories from the War Years, and features guest soloist Gene Ramsbottom, who, among other things, performed with the CBC Radio Orchestra for 24 years as its principal clarinetist. Ramsbottom will be performing a number of clarinet and swing band classics such as “Sing Sing Sing”.

Other guest soloists include vocalists Paula Quick and Kassy Koutorjevski performing some favourite wartime tunes, as well as the Curbside Jazz Band, who will be performing Dixieland music heard during the war years.

I’m very excited about this upcoming performance. Not only is this Cascadia Wind Ensemble’s first concert in Abbotsford, but it’s for such an important commemoration.Remembrance Day is about more than the music that brave Canadians sang, listened to and danced to, and so we’re pairing our musical selections with stories, letters home, and poems from men and women who served.Shannon Goldsmith — Conductor

Cascadia Remembers – Music and Stories from the War Years, will include:
* Favourite tunes from WW I and WW II, marches, big band numbers, and more – such as Keep the Home Fires Burning, Lili Marlene, Over There, A String of Pearls, Amazing Grace, and many more.
* Selected stories – humorous, sad, and poignant – written by the men and women who served, read by band members.
* The performance will be enhanced with a projection of photos, posters and other images from the war years on a large screen.

Tickets for this one-time-only performance are available at King’s Music, 2669 Langdon St, Abbotsford (604-853-5996 or 1-877-854-6471) and House of James, 2743 Emerson St, Abbotsford (604-852-3701 or 1-800-665-8828) and at the door.
Ticket prices are: Adults $15. Seniors/Students/Veterans $10.

The Cascadia Wind Ensemble is comprised of 30+ accomplished musicians from across the Fraser Valley, from Langley to Agassiz, ages 12 to 80. Under the direction of experienced conductor Shannon Goldsmith, the group has played concerts to rave reviews in Mission, Hope, Langley, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge and Rosedale.

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