Concert returns to Ruins
BY STEVEN WARBURTON
Staff The highly successful Classiqu’Arts concert is returning to the St. Raphael’s Ruins for another year.
The concert’s producer /founder, Danielle Vaillancourt, says that this year’s event – which takes place on Saturday, Aug. 18 – will have a greater emphasis on orchestral music. She’s also hoping for a broader range of musical styles. Indeed, the theme this year is
Although the concert itself starts at 8 p. m., concert- goers can treat themselves a little earlier by showing up at the Ruins at 6, where the Gatineau-based jazz ensemble Delphinus will play until the concert begins.
The audience will also take in an art show, organized by Cornwall resident Tracy- Lynn Davies, on the front lawn outside the ruins. The art will be on display at 1 p.m.
As for the concert itself, there will be performances by the Ottawa Bach Choir, along with its founder, Lisette Canton. Last Decemeber, that same choir released a Christmas album,
that was nominated for a Juno.
Guest soloists Alexandru Sura will play the Cymbalon and First Nations violinist TaraLouise Montour will also perform. Ms. Montour is also concert master for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Concert master for this particular event is Cornwall’s own Veronika Cherniak while another Cornwall native, Marc David, will be the evening’s conductor.
Also on stage this year will be Feryn Karahkwiiohstha King of Akwesasne, who will perform some hoop dances. Ms. Vaillancourt says that
will highlight visible minority groups in the area. The list of songs is definitely a social con- scious one. One of the songs is Farewell to the Warriors, which is a meditation on the First Nations relationship with Canadian settlers. Another song, Tears of Israel, reflects on the civil unrest in the Middle East.
If you’re interested in attending, you need to act quickly because the concert is almost sold out. Tickets are $ 40 each and are available at the website, www.classiquarts.ca.
The festival’s executive director is Jean- Roland Tremblay and the artistic director is Therese Motard. Classiqu’Arts partnered with the Friends of the St. Rapahel’s Ruins and Your Art Council for Cornwall and the Counties in order to make the evening possible.
In case of rain, the concert will take place at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Glen Nevis. Ms. Vaillancourt hopes to give at least 36 hours notice if there is a venue change.
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