Mu­sic as a uni­ver­sal lan­guage: CASE to host folk con­cert in Drum­mondville

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Reann Fournier Spe­cial to the Record

As part of Que­bec’s Cul­ture Days, a Fall Colours Acous­tic Con­cert will take place on Sun­day, Oct. 4 in the his­tor­i­cal St. Ge­orge’s Church in down­town Drum­mondville. A free event, the con­cert is hosted by CASE, the Cen­ter for Ac­cess to Ser­vices in English, as a cel­e­bra­tion of var­i­ous types of folk mu­sic and of the fall colours of the re­gion.

Julie Miller, one of the per­form­ers and or­ga­niz­ers for the con­cert, com­mented that this is new ter­ri­tory for CASE. “Since COVID, we’ve re­ally started to widen our man­date to in­clude cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said. “This is an op­por­tu­nity for us to be work­ing with other or­ga­ni­za­tions and con­nect­ing more with the com­munity.”

The con­cert will con­sist of two ma­jor acts, Miller with her harp and Rob Lutes, a Mon­treal-based folk and blues singer-song­writer. “I’m ex­cited to be able to play for peo­ple in a safe zone,” said Miller. “And hav­ing Rob Lutes too, he has won many awards in Canada and the United States and I don’t be­lieve he’s ever played in Drum­mondville.”

Miller also com­mented on the lo­ca­tion of the con­cert, say­ing that she was ex­cited to be work­ing with the St. Ge­orge’s Foun­da­tion for the first time. “They keep the church as an im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal build­ing and they will be ac­tively in­volved with the con­cert,” she said.

There will also be op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out and af­ter the con­cert for the au­di­ence and mu­si­cians to di­rectly in­ter­act with one an­other while main­tain­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing. “In folk mu­sic, a bit of dis­cus­sion does hap­pen of­ten,” added Miller. “The con­certs are quite in­ti­mate, and it will be an­other way for us to in­volve the com­munity.”

While the con­cert is be­ing hosted by the Cen­ter for Ac­cess to Ser­vices in English, Miller em­pha­sized that the event is open to both French and

English speak­ers in the com­munity. “We re­ally are try­ing to pro­mote and sup­port bilin­gual­ism,” said Miller. “Mu­sic is a uni­ver­sal lan­guage, it can unite peo­ple, and that is our hope.”

To re­serve a time slot for the Fall Colours Acous­tic Con­cert, please con­tact casemcq.project.agent@gmail. com or call (819) 850-5560 or (819) 4345323 .

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