Once in a blue moon...
It was one of those golden summer evenings in Drumheller last year, and the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival was celebrating its third season.
Keith Hamm and company had collaborated with Vance Neudorf at the Canadian Badlands Passion Play to bring their Drumheller concert into the great amphitheater for which Drumheller is so well known.
The sounds of Beethoven and Antonín Dvořák were filling the space which, just the weekend before, had been filled with the sounds of ancient Jerusalem. A warm and lively crowd were enjoying the precision and playful exuberance of these remarkable young players from across Canada.
Just as the last notes of the Beethoven string quartet were fading away, a beautiful ‘blue moon’ crept over the eastern edges of the hoodoos and cast her gaze onto performers and listeners alike, as if to determine what magical event was happening in this remarkable arena.
A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. The last time this happened was in 2012 and the next one is expected in January, 2018.
Although we can’t expect another blue moon for this year’s chamber music concert, you can expect musical luminaries to again delight audiences in Drumheller this July. Sheila Jaffe (violin), Marie Berard (violin), Arnold Choi (cello), Florian Peelman (viola) Peter Longworth (piano), and of course local favourite, Keith Hamm (viola) all play in concert halls around the world, and have collaborated to create an exhilarating program of spectacular music right here in Drumheller.
Dates and venues for the upcoming event include: a concert at Canadian Badlands Passion Play’s Forum on Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 pm, and a concert at Three Hills Arts Academy on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm, and a concert at Rosebud Church on Sunday, July 31 at 7:30 pm
Members of the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival had a chance to fill the Passion Play amphitheater under the light of a blue moon.