Whistler - Guest Performances

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Thursday, April 30
Sea to Sky Ballroom, Conference Centre

 

7:30pm

Student Social and Dance!

Featuring UBC Swing Kids and a senior high (TBA) Jazz Band

Friday, May 1
Sea to Sky Ballroom, Conference Centre

 

7:00 & 8:30pm

TBA
Conductor

Repertoire coming soon

Time Groups Assigned
7:00pm TBA
8:30pm TBA

 

Saturday, May 2nd
Rainbow Theatre

 

12pm and 12:30pm Concerts

Semiahmoo Senior Jazz Band 

Saturday, May 2nd
Mt. Currie Ballroom, Hilton

 

Mt. Currie Ballroom, Hilton, 6:45-8:00 pm

Catholic Mass 
 Music TBA

Saturday, May 2nd, 7:00 & 8:30pm
Sea to Sky Ballroom, Conference Centre


7:00pm

 Urbana Big Band

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 Fifth Street

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Mass Choir

8:30pm

Mass Choir 

Hope Lingers On Andrea Ramsey
Help Us Save Our Future Alicia Jostraka

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Fifth Street

Repertoire coming soon

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 Urbana Big Band

Repertoire coming soon

Time Groups Assigned
7:00pm TBA
8:30pm TBA

 

Saturday, May 2nd
Conference Centre lower level

 

8-10:00 pm

Directors' Reception
Sponsored by Affinity Tours

Sunday, May 3rd, Sea to Sky Ballroom, Conference Centre

 

11:00 am

Adjudicators' Pick for Jazz Ensembles

11:30am

Adjudicators' Pick for Choirs

12:00pm

Adjudicators' Pick for Concert Bands

 

Performer Bios and Repertoire

 

Urbana Big Band

Urbana Big Band

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the AROKIS Centre of Music Society provides an environment for musicians young and old to perform big band music under the guidance of professional musical directors. The AROKIS Society keeps alive a musical tradition that is not readily available these days: it acts as an art repository and a preservation hall of North American musical history that goes from the birth of jazz in the 1920s to the jazz of present times, fostering awareness of the genre’s composers, arrangers, and musicians. URBANA is one of two bands that comprise the AROKIS Society. URBANA was formed over 30 years ago and consists of outstanding professional and amateur musicians. The band rehearses every Saturday morning and performs concerts throughout the Lower mainland. This group’s performance at the Whistler Cantando Festival will give high school students an awareness that there are musical opportunities for them when they are older and in their adult years. Robin Shier has been directing URBANA since 1991. Since graduating from the New England Conservatory with a Master of Music Degree in 1984, he has been active as a professional musician in many disciples. As a jazz trumpeter, he has recorded two albums for Unity Records; performed frequently for CBC; and has toured Canada with his Quintet, performing in every province except Newfoundland. He has been recognized by CBC as “one of the finest composers in Canadian jazz”. Robin Shier also performs orchestral music and has played in many Vancouver Opera productions as well as with the Lions Gate Sinfonia Orchestra. He has been teaching at Douglas College since 1988, and is the band teacher at Burnaby Central Secondary School.

 

 Fifth Street

Fifth Street is a vocal quintet based in Victoria, BC. Its five members – Natasha Penfield, Jilaine Orton, Ryan Narciso, Kenji Lee and Taylor Caswell – met at the University of Victoria’s School of Music and formed the group out of a desire to make music together and continue growing as artists. Inspired by a capella powerhouses such as Pentatonix, The Real Group and M-Pact, Fifth Street combines the worlds of pop, jazz and R&B in five-part harmony.

NATASHA PENFIELD

Soprano

NATASHA PENFIELD Fifth Street

Natasha's vocal versatility is thanks to her passion across musical genres - as well as her years of study in musical theatre, classical, and contemporary music. With high notes described as "ethereal", she rounds off the top harmonies in Fifth Street.

JILAINE ORTON

Alto

Jilaine Orton Fifth Street

Both a professional vocalist and music educator, Jilaine’s alto voice brings a unique warmth to Fifth Street’s sound. She spearheads the quintet’s educational clinics, where her expertise as a performer and teacher shines as an invaluable asset to the ensemble.

RYAN NARCISO

Tenor

Ryan Narciso Fifth Street

Ryan is a singer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist whose Youtube cover songs have garnered millions of views. Having performed around the world with award-winning musicians such as Tori Kelly and Jed Madela, he now lends his talents to Fifth Street as the quintet’s tenor.

KENJI LEE

Beatbox/Baritone

Lee Fifth Street

In addition to performing as Fifth Street’s beatboxer, Kenji also frequently sings with the quintet as a baritone and bass. Kenji is a prolific arranger who finds inspiration in fusing current popular music with both jazz and electronic dance.

TAYLOR CASWELL

Bass

Taylor Caswell Fifth Street

Trained as a vocalist, pianist and bassist from childhood, Taylor was influenced by a variety of musical styles including pop, jazz, and musical theatre. He now sings as Fifth Street's bass while occasionally arranging for the group.