Once in a blue moon...

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE -

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

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Mem­bers of the Rose­bud Cham­ber Mu­sic Festival had a chance to fill the Pas­sion Play am­phithe­ater un­der the light of a blue moon.

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