Sound of mu­sic

Young mu­si­cians tun­ing up for 41st Ki­wa­nis Fes­ti­val

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Four Car­bon­ear venues will be alive with the sound of mu­sic dur­ing the first week of April.

Spon­sored by the Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear, the 41st an­nual re­gional Ki­wa­nis Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will take place at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, Bethany United Church and Sal­va­tion Army Ci­tadel.

Ap­prox­i­mately 2,300 young mu­si­cians and vo­cal­ists from 23 schools in Con­cep­tion, Trin­ity and Pla­cen­tia bays will take part in 179 classes in 32 ses­sions dur­ing the seven-day com­pet­i­tive por­tion of the event. Forty-six choirs in­clud­ing two com­mu­nity choirs will sing and 12 bands will play.

The fes­ti­val opens on the week­end of April 2-3 with mu­si­cal theatre at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre. The seven days of competition will con­tinue un­til Fri­day, April 8 when the Rose Bowl com­pe­ti­tions are sched­uled to take place at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre.

Af­ter a three-day break, the fes­ti­val will reach a crescendo April 12-13 with two grand con­certs. The con­certs, which also take place at the theatre, will show­case some of the out­stand­ing per­for­mances from the fes­ti­val. Fol­low­ing the per­for­mances schol­ar­ships and awards will be pre­sented, “to rec­og­nize out­stand­ing achieve­ment and en­cour­age mu­si­cal tal­ent.”

More than $10,000 in schol­ar­ships, awards and plaques will be handed out over the two-night event.

“Since its in­cep­tion in May 1970,” Ki­wa­nis Mu­sic Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Judy Sy­monds notes, “the fes­ti­val has con­tin­ued to grow.”

Last year saw some 177 classes in 31 ses­sions. There were 2,200 par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing 21 schools, 42 choirs and 13 bands, Sy­monds re­called.

She says the fes­ti­val pro­vides a venue for all per­form­ers to share their mu­si­cal tal­ents with au­di­ences from the three bays.

Over the years, Sy­monds points out, “ we have seen many par­tic­i­pants re­turn to our area as pro­fes­sional mu­sic teach­ers and en­ter their own stu­dents in our fes­ti­val.”

The three ad­ju­di­ca­tors for this year’s fes­ti­val are all from On­tario.

Gor­don Craig will ad­ju­di­cate the in­stru­men­tal classes; Mar­i­anne Bindig, the vo­cal and cho­ral classes; and Mar-

ion Miller, piano.

Gor­don Craig

For over 30 years Gor­don Craig has been teach­ing at Queen’s Univer­sity School of Mu­sic, where he has also held the po­si­tion of prin­ci­pal clar­inet with the Kingston Sym­phony for the same pe­riod.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing the clar­inet pro­fes­sor, Craig is cham­ber mu­sic co­or­di­na­tor and con­ducts three of the ma­jor per­form­ing en­sem­bles at Queen’s, in­clud­ing the Queen’s Univer­sity Sym­phony Orches­tra and Wind En­sem­ble.

Craig served for 10 years as Ad­junct Clar­inet Pro­fes­sor at the Crane School of Mu­sic in Pots­dam, New York. He is ac­tive as Mu­sic Di­rec­tor for both the Quinte Sym­phony Orches­tra in Belleville and the Kingston Youth Orches­tra.

Well known as an ad­ju­di­ca­tor and guest clin­i­cian, he also con­ducts and teaches at sev­eral mu­sic camps across On­tario

He can be heard at one of many solo, con­certo, and cham­ber mu­sic per­for­mances in and around the prov­ince and as a mem­ber of Trio Chanteclar.

He is known not only for his sen­si­tive per­for­mance of the stan­dard reper­toire, but also for his keen in­ter­est in con­tem­po­rary Cana­dian mu­sic, par­tic­u­larly elec­troa­cous­tic mu­sic, and has pre­miered many ma­jor works writ­ten ex­pressly for him by both Queen’s School of Mu­sic fac­ulty and alumni.

Born in Lon­don On­tario, Craig earned his Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic and Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion de­grees from Queen’s Univer­sity. He re­ceived his Mas­ters of Science in Per­for­mance and Ed­u­ca­tion from the Crane School of Mu­sic in Pots­dam, New York while study­ing with Dr. David Etheridge and later with Michael Web­ster of the East­man School of Mu­sic.

Mar­i­anne Bindig

Mezzo so­prano Mar­i­anne Bindig has sung with all the ma­jor opera com­pa­nies in Canada and sev­eral in the U.S.

Bindig has also soloed with groups like Les vi­olons du Roy, The Na­tional Arts Cen­tre Orches­tra, The Isler Singers and the Wind­sor and Thun­der Bay Sym­phonies in reper­toire rang­ing from Bach Pas­sions and Scar­latti’s Il Primo Omi­cidio to Brahms’ Alto Rhap­sody and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été.

She cov­ered the role of the Abbess in the re­cent Mirvish Pro­duc­tion of The Sound of Mu­sic at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.

From the Univer­sity of Toronto, Bindig re­ceived her bach­e­lor of mu­sic in per­for­mance (hon­ours), her di­ploma of op­er­atic per­for­mance (dis­tin­guished grad­u­ate) and her bach­e­lor of ed­u­ca­tion (mu­sic and drama).

She was twice a fel­low at the Tan­gle­wood Cen­ter for Mu­sic, sum­mer home of the Bos­ton Sym­phony, and at­tended four terms at the Banff Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts (The Academy of Singing and Opera Pro­grams).

She stud­ied un­der Galina Vish­nevskaya, An­thony Rolfe-John­son, and Sarah Walker at the Brit­ten Pears School for Ad­vanced Mu­sic Stud­ies in Alde­bor­ough, Eng­land. Bindig taught for two and a half years at Wil­frid Lau­rier Univer­sity and also for a sum­mer at the Opera Nuova pro­gram in Ed­mon­ton.

She also teaches pri­vately in Toronto and gives work­shops for cho­ral groups.

Mar­ion Miller

A sought-af­ter ac­com­pa­nist, Mar­ion Miller has ad­ju­di­cated mu­sic fes­ti­vals from coast to coast.

Miller be­gan piano at four, was teach­ing at 12 and en­tered the Univer­sity of West­ern On­tario, with her ARCT per­former’s cer­tifi­cate, at 16, grad­u­at­ing with a Mas­ter’s de­gree in mu­sic per­for­mance and the Pres­i­dent’s Gold Medal for aca­demic ex­cel­lence. A long time stu­dent of John-Paul Bracey, she went on to study with such mu­si­cal le­gends as Ozan Marsh at Chau­tauqua, Cecile Gen­hart in Zurich and with Mar­cel Ci­ampi in Paris.

She has recorded sev­eral CBC cham­ber mu­sic con­certs and been pro­filed on CBC’s Arts Na­tional. In ad­di­tion to many years as pi­anist for Orches­tra Lon­don, her ex­pe­ri­ence has ranged from swing or­ches­tras and mu­si­cal theatre to play­ing with such stars as Mitch Miller, Harry Be­la­fonte and Jann Ar­den.

She has taught at the Univer­sity of West­ern On­tario, the West­ern On­tario Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic and the Kin­car­dine Sum­mer Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

She main­tains a large class of pri­vate stu­dents, rang­ing from young and adult be­gin­ners to univer­sity-level as­pir­ing con­cert per­form­ers and other piano teach­ers.

With col­lab­o­ra­tor Clark Bryan, she has re­leased a CD of the Rach­mani­noff suites for two pi­anos, and a record­ing of works by Schu­bert is in progress.

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