Seaway Winds to perform sounds of the season
CORNWALL, Ontario - Sounds of the season will soon be echoing through St Columban Parish, as the Seaway Winds Concert Band prepares to present its annual Christmas concert, this year entitled, Peace on Earth.
“It’s going to be a beautiful performance,” said conductor, Raymond Lacroix, who is enthusiastic about his seventh year at the podium for this event. The band ( with over 40 members) is in top form, best ever.”
Lacroix explains what a treat the audience is in for, particularly with the glorious sound to be expected in the church. “We really like the acoustics there. We’ll be playing in the nook, at the alter; it’s like being inside the box of a guitar.”
The festive program will feature approximately 16 pieces, including, Greensleeves/What Child is This?, A French Noel, a Coventry Christmas, and Christmas Concerto, just to name a few.
Guest musician for the performance will be saxophonist, Pierre Vaillancourt, accomplished musician and former music teacher in Alexandria, for many years.
“I’ve known him since high school. Even then, he was remarkable tuba player.” said Lacroix, also a retired secondary school music teacher in the city.
Both men went on to study music, remaining friends throughout the years and enjoying a bit of friendly competition between their perspective school bands. “We have always had great respect for each other.”
The Seaway Winds Concert Band will present Peace on Earth, Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Columban Parish, 36 4th Street West, at 7:30 pm. Tickets ($15 for adults and free for children under ten accompanied by an adult) can be purchased at Cornwall and Seaway Valley Tourism (11 Water Street West) or at Cornwall Square ( 2nd floor, administration office). Visit www.seawaywinds.ca for further details.
Pictured (L-R) in rehearsal are Judy Hart, bass guitar; Raymond Lacroix, conductor; and Karen Washburn, oboe.