Message to our Members and Supporters
Despite the challenges presented by the COVID 19 pandemic, the directors of the Creston Concert Society have been hard at work winding up our abbreviated 2019/20 season and planning for the coming year. Thank you to all holders of 2019/20 season tickets who donated the cost of the missed concerts and enabled us to make partial payment to the performers whose events were cancelled. In addition, we thank you all for your continued patience as we strive to make plans in a very dynamic situation. You will find below an outline of the wonderful series we had planned to bring to you in 2020/21.
At a recent meeting, the directors discussed at length our plans for the fall and the restrictions placed on our activities by measures enacted to prevent the spread of COVID. We have concluded that it will be impossible for us to present concerts under the current restrictions (maximum of 50 people per gathering and extensive social distancing and sanitation measures in place). Since Dr. Henry has stated that these measures will be in place into the fall, we have, with much regret, decided to cancel the first three concerts in the fall of the 2020/21 season. We are still hoping to reschedule these performers in the future but cannot make concrete plans at this time. The Premier has stated that no large gatherings will be permitted in BC until we have both a vaccine and an effective treatment for COVID. Despite this, we are holding out a faint hope of being able to continue with the 4 concerts planned for winter/spring of 2021. In September, we will re-evaluate the situation. If we are able to proceed, prices for the abbreviated season will be announced at that time.
In the meantime, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook where you will find occasional updates and links to performances by artists we have presented in the past or plan to present in the future.
And we encourage you to visit the web-sites of the artists listed below.
Finally, our Annual General Meeting will be a video conference on Monday, June 22 at 4:00 pm. Holders of season tickets for 2019/20 are eligible to take part and anyone is welcome to observe. If you are willing and able to become a director, help is always welcome. Please let us know in advance so you can be placed on the list for election at the AGM. If you plan on attending AGM please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you an invitation and instructions on how to connect to the meeting.
We wish good health to all our supporters.
Creston Concert Society
Bringing World-Class Entertainment to Creston
Tentative program for 2020/2021
Saturday, September 19, 2020, 7:30 pm (CANCELLED)
Big Little Lions has been described as ‘a blissful marriage of new folk and sophisticated pop.’ This award winning duo consists of Helen Austin and Paul Otten who, despite living thousands of miles apart, have found a way to connect and create music together. They are known for their prolific songwriting, infectious folk-pop style, and an offbeat, memorable live show. www.biglittlelions.com
Sunday, November 1, 2020, 2:00 pm (CANCELLED)
Black Umfolosi performs music inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native Southern Africa, with a beauty and enthusiasm that is unrivaled. Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! http://www.jproductions.com/bu.html
Sunday, November 29, 2020, 2:00 pm (CANCELLED)
Montreal Guitar Trio Described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with, as well as an interactive force in various musical forms. For over 20 years, the trio’s virtuosity, rigour, creativity and impressive stage presence have been winning over audiences around the world. The trio gives an unforgettable concert, brilliantly performing some of the greatest rock classics as well as their original compositions. www.mg3.ca
Friday, January 29, 2021, 7:30 pm
Meagan and Amy is a vibrant Canadian duo consisting of violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz, who share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. Praised for their energy, sensitivity, and musical maturity, they were awarded the first ever “RoadTrip!” by Jeunesses Musicales Canada. “Their collaborative musicianship combined with their very accessible, yet audacious repertoire made an immediate impression” www.amyhillis.com/meaganamy
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7:30 pm
Ballet Kelowna – a perennial favourite with our audience, Ballet Kelowna returns to Creston with another dynamic, original program. Mambo is a colourful joie de vivre set to a vibrant soundtrack of Latin, Swing, and jazz standards by musical legends such as Dean Martin, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn, and more. Other works will be set to a variety of classical, Latin swing and jazz musical scores. www.balletkelowna.ca
Sunday, March 14, 2021, 2:00 pm
Coig is one of Atlantic Canada’s most exciting Celtic traditional groups made up of four accomplished multi-instrumentalists. With the fiery Celtic high-energy style as its musical core, Còig easily shifts between century-old tunes of past generations and original and upbeat compositions, featuring the band’s range of over a dozen instruments (vocals, fiddles, piano, guitars, banjo, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles, and more). With driving tunes, haunting songs and infectious energy, Còig is an unparalleled music force. https://coig.ca
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 7:30 pm
Trio Fibonacci (piano, violin and bass) is one of the few piano trios recognized for its brilliant and inspired interpretations of contemporary repertoire as well as their passionate rendering of classical and romantic masterpieces. Since their beginning, they have premiered over fifty pieces from Canadian composers and have worked with many renowned international composers. “To hear them is to enter into the world of miracles”. www.triofibonacci.com