The Creston Concert Society is pleased to present the following performers for the 2016-2017 concert series.
There will also be a special youth engagement performance.
Saturday October 1st, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Gino Quilico’s long career has seen him performing with some of the world’s greatest opera companies on the stages of Europe and North America. He comes to us a soloist, accompanied on the piano, with “Serato d’Amore,” a program that includes favorite love songs from his opera career as well as much loved folk songs and showtunes. He promises to leave us humming.
Come early for a special presentation in recognition of BC Culture Days. At 6:30 pm M. Quilico will engage in a dialogue about his experiences on the great opera stages of the world.
Wednesday November 23, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
From the Ottawa valley, the Fitzgeralds bring us a lively evening of music and dance. The four young members of the family include champion fiddlers and award winning step dancers accompanied by their parents on the keyboard and guitar. Their repertoire includes everything from traditional jigs and reels, to bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, Celtic, and gospel as well as novelty numbers and choreographed dance routines. Watch for some of our local violin students as guest performers.
Canadian Guitar Quartet
Sunday February 5, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in North and South America, from one standing ovation to the next, establishing a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. The CGQ has appeared with orchestras across Canada, and has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs. Their repertoire includes old favorites by well known classical composers as well as more recent works especially suited to guitar quartets.
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
Sunday March 5, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
With close to 15 years of bringing their special blend of Gypsy jazz and revisited cover songs to audiences, Christine Tassan et les ImposteurEs have made a name for themselves on the music scene. The new show from this group of four talented musicians brings together some of the best work by Félix Leclerc and Django Reinhardt. This crafty double tribute recalls the meeting between the Québec singer-songwriter and the Gypsy guitarist in a Saint- Germain-des- Prés hotel in Paris, in 1950. If the two really did meet, the rest is the product of the intensely creative imagination of the quartet. With a singular mix of virtuosity, daring and humour, the string band draws inspiration from one artist’s poetry and the other’s swing, to weave a rich new musical universe, an ode to freedom and creativity. It is, of course, a fantastic tribute to a pair of great artists who, on their respective continents, had such a lasting impact on their time and their culture.
Sunday April 9, 2017, TIME CHANGED TO 3:00 p.m.
Originally from Chad this dynamic quartet now calls Montreal home. Their unique style is based firmly in traditional African music, but they have also incorporated influences from soul, jazz, R&B and gospel. Their repertoire includes a cappella singing as well as original instrumentation featuring guitar, bass, keyboard and drums, not to mention mesmerizing choreography.
Special Youth Engagement Performance
On February 17 & 18, 2017, we will be welcoming “Speed Control” to Creston. This dynamic group of musicians and educators guarantees to have our young people of all ages rocking. On Friday there will be a workshop for local music students, some of whom will have the opportunity to perform with the band on Saturday afternoon. At this time, Speed Control will present “Canada vs the World”, a history of rock music in Canada featuring music of great Canadian rockers from Paul Anka to the Barenaked Ladies. The youth oriented performance is suitable for rockers from the age of 4 up.
This event is made possible by a grant from the Community Presenters Youth Engagement program of BC Arts Council, delivered by the BC Touring Council.