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Wednesday, March 31st 7.30pm Livestream concert
Victoria Baroque: Messiah Parts 2 & 3 “Easter”
Co-presented with the Cowichan Symphony Society

The second half of Handel’s beloved Messiah performed in a fresh and uniquely intimate manner by an all-star ensemble of ten musicians.
Soloists
Jennifer Turner, soprano
Deanna Sills, mezzo soprano
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Nathan McDonald, bass

The performance will be available online for one month.

The concert is free to view. Donations can be made at: www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/30716
Tax receipts will be issued. All proceeds will go to the artists.
Victoria Baroque: Grand Concerti Grossi

Tuesday March 9th 7.30pm
Livestream performance
Victoria Baroque’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Victoria Baroque’s celebrates its 10th anniversary with a dazzling selection of Baroque concerti for multiple instruments. One of Canada’s most sought-after Baroque violinist, Chloe Meyers, leads Victoria Baroque in elevating Concerti Grossi by Vivaldi, Telemann, and Evaristo Dall’Abaco.

Available at victoria-baroque.com and www.facebook.com/victoria.baroque

Ashley Daniel Foot
From Cowichan Symphony Society Music Festival Winner to Concert Producer!
Since the age of eight, Ashley Daniel Foot has been in love with the arts. Boundlessly curious about all mediums of culture. Raised in the Cowichan Valley, Ashley was a recipient of a Cowichan Symphony Society bursary prior to to studying at McGill University, where he holds a BA/Ed with a focus on communications, English literature, and education. Ashley has also studied classical voice performance at the University of Toronto, McGill, and the Université de Montréal.

As a broadcaster, Ashley’s work has appeared on CBC Radio and Radio Canada International. In 2006, he created one of the web’s first podcasts called Radio Allegro, featuring a mixture of commentary, celebrity interviews, and audio documentaries. One of of his favourite broadcast moments was going backstage to talk with Lin Manuel Miranda and the creative team of the original Off-Broadway cast of In the Heights.

Ashley spent four years at the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre as the program director for musical theatre studies, producing such shows as the BC premiere of RENT, Sweeney Todd, and Beauty and the Beast. He has worked with some of Canada’s foremost performing arts organizations such as Opera Atelier, PuSh Festival of the Performing Arts, Toronto Civic Theatres, and more as a marketing and communications professional.

Working with Ashley Foot through the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre to present Victoria Baroque’s Messiah this year has been immensely rewarding to see the growth of one of our own award winners from early age to now. We are incredibly proud of the achievements made by Ashley and look forward to working with him again in the future!

Cowichan Musical Festival
70th Anniversary

The Cowichan Music Festival is celebrating it’s 70th Anniversary! It began as a project of the Parent-Teacher Auxiliary in 1949. Parents, teachers, principals, music and performing arts teachers enthusiastically supported an event to encourage students to reach for a higher standard of learning in their chosen field. The first chairman Was Mr. Bill Allester, Principal of Duncan Elementary School. Original committee members included Mr. J. Moore, Mr.B.Howard, Mrs.F. Paget, Miss E. Evans, Miss Monk, Mrs. H. Robson, Mrs.Lamonte, Mrs.Joughin and Miss Cowie. The Cowichan Music Festival began with 50 entries. Participants entered their chosen sessions free while audience members were charged -15 cents for children aind 35 cents for adults. The sections included Speech Arts, Dance, Piano, Choral, Violin and Instruments. In 1955 Mayor J.C. Wragg of Duncan and Mayor C. Murison of North Cowichan spoke about the Music Festival, calling attention to “the important place the event holds in the community”. The entries had grown to 350 and included Speech Arts, Dance, Piano, Choral, Violin and Instruments. Today, with the addition of Musical Theatre and Bands, there are approximately 900 entries.

In 1963, Vancouver piano adjudicator Phyllis Schuldt noted that students in the piano section of the Cowichan Music Festival were having to play on a “glorified matchbox”. She offered to return and give a concert to help raise funds to buy a decent piano. The Music Festival committee enthusiastically agreed and through her initiative and contacts the 1923 Black, Grand D model Steinway piano was purchased from Eaton’s, in Vancouver, for $5000. In 1988 this wonderful piano was refmished in Vancouver and in 2006 the piano was sent to the Steinway Company in New York for a complete refurbishing. Cost was $25 000. The Steinway piano now lives in its own environmentally controlled room in the Cowichan Theatre and is lovingly cared for by piano tuner and technician Jim Anderson, of Victoria. Its estimated value is $150 000.

The Cowichan Music Festival is affiliated with Performing Arts B.C. and the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, which allows our award winning students to advance to a higher level of competition. Over the years many of our students have successfully performed at this level and many have gone on to have careers in the Performing Arts. The Cowichan Music Festival is organized and run by an Executive committee with help from a large group of volunteers. The Festival has no outside funding and is dependent on entry fees and performance attendance to pay for adjudication costs, theatre costs and rentals. The Executive Committee extends a large thank you to individuals,
schools, community groups, local government and businesses, churches and service clubs that have played such a significant role in supporting us over the last 70 years.

Submitted by: Karolyn Sherman, Barbara Stone
Cowichan Music Festival Executive
January 8th, 2019

Photo: Mrs. I. Tarlton Mrs. M. Bruce Mrs. M. Robertson 1963
Taken by Jay Powley, Duncan, B.C.