Whistler Music Festival

May 9, 2013

Breaking News, Events, Majors, Music

Langley Fine Arts music students had the honor of attending the Con Brio Festival in Whistler, April 25th to 28th. Along with LFAS, over 30 different schools from all over British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Washington attended.

During the festival, students were able to experience music to the fullest. A variety of performances took place including, concert band, concert choir, vocal jazz, and orchestra.

The festival provided the students with opportunities to learn new performance skills and develop a greater understanding of music. During each school’s performance, there were adjudicators who would comment on the students’ performances. After each performance, the ensembles had workshops where an adjudicator worked with the students to increase their skills and musicality.

Near the last day of the festival, the students were entertained by the Gala Festival Concert. The performances were done by many talented musicians. The concert opened with the Delisle Vocal Project, a stellar vocal ensemble; followed by several solos and duets accompanied by the Brandon University Wind Symphony directed by Dr. Wendy McCallum.

On the final day, all 1,300 instrumentalists gathered in a massed band to play two pieces written specially for the Con Brio Festivals. The two pieces played were the “Con Brio March” composed by Ralph Ford and “Where Mountains Reach the Sky” composed by Bob Buckley; all under the direction of Dr. Paula Crider and Dr. Dale J. Lonis.

The Whistler Festival was truly a gift, and many left the festival inspired with the love for music.

Story by Jennifer Shim
Photos by Lily Chia and Jennifer Shim

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