Se­away Winds to per­form sounds of the sea­son

Seaway News - - ENTERTAINMENT & RESTAURANTS - Rox­anne De­lage

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 for fur­ther de­tails.

Pic­tured (L-R) in re­hearsal are Judy Hart, bass gui­tar; Ray­mond Lacroix, con­duc­tor; and Karen Wash­burn, oboe.

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