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Sunday April 9th at the Winspear 8PM
The Calgary Wind Symphony
Program for the Edmonton Cantando Festival
with guest artists Liz Tremblay, v’cello and the Midnight Taiko Kai drummers
Calgary Wind Symphony
The Calgary Concert Band Society traces its origins back to 1947, when well known Calgary band conductor W.A. Leggitt, formed the Calgary Musician’s Association Band. It adopted a cowboy uniform and during the ensuing years, the band appeared at the Calgary Stampede parade and presented numerous concerts in the parks. Norman Halling became Bandmaster in 1950 and the band assumed the name Calgary Concert Band. In 1952 they accepted an invitation to join 403 Reserve Squadron RCAF as the squadron band and functioned concurrently as a civilian band. The band was incorporated as a Society in 1956. The uniform of red jackets, black trousers, white shirts and black bow ties was adopted in 1960 and changed in 2002 to black jackets.
In 1963 Capt.F.M.(Ray) McLeod, former military band director with the PPCLI and Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment, took over as musical director. From 1989 to 1997 Stephen Franse, principal bassoonist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, assumed the role of music director. Under his baton, in 1996 the band played in the Jack Singer Concert Hall to celebrate their 40th Ruby Anniversary. Dr. Jeremy Brown, Professor of Saxophone and Music Education at the University of Calgary, then became the musical director. During this time the band was invited to play at the Jungfrau Music Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland and the Mid Europe Music Festival in Schladming, Austria in 2004.
In November 2005, the band came under the musical directorship of Earl Paddock, Music Director at William Aberhart High School. In the summer of 2007 the band participated in the Festival des Anches d’Azur, La Croix Valmer, France and also toured and performed at various locations in London and Bath, England. Dr. Jeremy Brown returned as Music/Artistic Director in 2008 and the group had rewarding encore performances in Europe in July 2011.
In the Summer of 2012, the name of the ensemble was officially changed to the “Calgary Wind Symphony” operating under the Calgary Concert Band Society as the governing body.
Midnight Taiko Kai drummers
The Midnight Taiko Kai is community group of performance-based Taiko drummers located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada who love to spread the art of Japanese drumming. The group was formed in 2006 by three members – Ruth Ablett, Ben Lim and Jenny Zhao – who brought with them a combined 15 years of Taiko experience from groups throughout Japan and the United States.
Liz Tremblay is originally from Great Britain where she studied cello (Stefan Popov) and piano (Mary Peppin) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Sunday April 9th at McDougall United Church 8PM
Burnaby Central Touring Choir
REPERTOIRE TO BE CHOSEN FROM THE FOLLOWING:
University of Alberta Madrigal Singers
The University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, begun in 1974 by Professor Larry Cook, have been under the direction of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff since 1983.
Initially formed to explore the repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the Madrigal Singers have emerged in the past 20 years as one of Canada’s premier university chamber choirs, drawing on music from all periods and styles for their repertoire.
With their membership drawn principally from students in the Department of Music, the Madrigal Singers have also attracted qualified singers from across campus. Membership is determined through annual auditions each September. The Madrigal Singers ensemble is available for a half-course credit, either as a required course in some music degree programs, or as a Fine Arts option for non-music majors.
The Madrigals Singers have a student-elected executive which is responsible for helping to manage the affairs of the choir, including tour preparation, financial management, costuming, media and communications, and relations within the choir and between choirs.
Founded in 1996, Kokopelli celebrates its twenty-first season in 2017. The ensemble’s members range in age from 15 to 24. The choir aims to share music across the boundaries of culture and place, using song as a tool of communication and community. Kokopelli has been a featured ensemble at many events, provincially, nationally, and internationally.
Kokopelli was the winner of both the 2015 and 2016 National Music Festival and the 2015 Canadian Competition for Amateur Choirs (Mixed Youth Choir Category). Although we are thrilled with these results, our goal remains to let the music be our motivation as we strive to provide a positive and excellent learning experience for all members in our choirs.
The current season includes a performance with Rajaton; a recording project with Spanish composer Ramon Galifa; tours to Saskatchewan, Banff and a summer tour to Italy and Switzerland. Kokopelli is thrilled to be attending the Cantando Festival this year.
Monday April 10th at the Winspear 8PM
Festival Mass Choir
River City Big Band
Program to be chosen from:
MacEwan University Percussion Ensemble
For over 30 years, the MacEwan University Percussion Ensemble directed by Brian Thurgood has become an institution for MacEwan’s drum set students. The ensemble features students who usually focus on playing drum kits, not the types of percussion instruments that audiences can expect to see at the concert. The ensemble provides the students a valuable opportunity to explore the wide variety of techniques and timbres of percussion instruments from around the world. The repertoire is very eclectic and audiences can expect to see and hear over 30 performers and over 50 pieces of equipment on stage.
River City Big Band
Now in its 21st year, the River City Big Band is one of the premier jazz organizations in Canada. Our members all share a common enthusiasm for big band jazz. We perform music that spans from the classics of the big band era through to the modern repertoire of today.
In addition to getting together to play for the sheer exhilaration of making music, we perform in a variety of settings throughout the community including jazz festivals, featured concerts and with guest artists, private functions and school events.
The band’s repertoire is extremely diverse, ranging from early Ellington, through Goodman, Shaw, Basie, and Kenton, to the many great arrangers and composers of today such as Gordon Goodwin and Tom Kubis. The band also regularly features original compositions and arrangements by Larry Schrum, and Allan Gilliland, Chair of the Music Department and Head of Composition at Grant MacEwan University, who is also a member of the band’s trumpet section. Most of RCBB’s shows program three or four of these great charts, making each concert a unique musical experience.
The band has released two CDs: “Just Friends” (2010) and “River” (2012) both of which largely feature the work of Allan and Larry.
Tuesday April 11th at the Winspear 8PM
The Finnish word Rajaton translates as "boundless" – a word that so accurately describes the way this six-voice a cappella ensemble approaches music. Regularly performing around a hundred concerts and workshops each year, Rajaton exposes their audiences to the kind of diversity of repertoire, singing style, and stage presentation that has made them a phenomenon on the world stage.
Performing at concert halls, churches, jazz and choral festivals, this distinct group of musicians approaches all styles of music with the same level of commitment and integrity, making it difficult to imagine an audience that they could not inspire, or a type of music they could not make their own. In their native Finland, Rajaton is a bona fide pop phenomenon, successfully bridging the gap that often exists between classical and mainstream convention.
Rajaton has released 15 different albums. In 2016, Rajaton celebrates 19 years of music-making with one double platinum, three platinum and eight gold records in Finland under their belt, as their worldwide record sales are drawing near 400.000 copies altogether.
Ever seeking new artistic challenges, the group has grown immeasurably through collaborations with other a cappella artists, including The King’s Singers and The Real Group, as well as productions with film directors and choreographers. But it is perhaps their deep passion for choral art, their generosity of spirit and their sheer enjoyment of singing that has won the hearts and acclaim of audiences and critics everywhere. Their energy – infectious; their ability to entertain and inspire – Rajaton!