Daily Archives: March 16, 2007

Chamber Orchestra Concert Announcement!

Spring is just about here, and what better way to celebrate it than by enjoying some fine music?

On Saturday March 31 at 19h30, the Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra will present their spring concert at Cedar Park United Church in Pointe-Claire, QC. For your entertainment we have prepared the following programme:

Symphony no. 1 in B major – Boyce
Water Music suite (arr. Harty) – Handel
Concerto for 2 violins in A minor op.3 no.8 – Vivaldi
Symphony no. 99 in E flat major Hob. 1/99 – Haydn

Admission is $10 per person; entrance is free for those under 18 years of age. The concerts usually last approximately two hours.

The concert takes place at Cedar Park United Church at 204 Lakeview Ave, Pointe-Claire, QC (corner St-John’s Blvd and Lakeview), one block south of autoroute 20. The 211 bus stops on the St-John’s overpass crossing the 20, and the church is an eight to ten minute walk south. While there are general public transport directions here for you, I usually encourage people who are vehicle-less to find someone who has a car and share the cost of the driver’s admission to the concert among them. It’s more fun to enjoy the evening in the company of others, after all. (Here’s a map for those of you who will be driving.)

If you were one of the lucky few who found seats (or tried!) at the standing-room-only performance of The Messiah this past Christmastide, it’s taking place in the same church. If you are a long-time supporter of my musical geekery, it’s also the same church in which I sang with the Christmas choir for four or five seasons about a dozen years ago (and wow, I didn’t realise it had been that long).

So circle the date on your calendar, book some friends, and enjoy a relaxing night out to celebrate the end of a long, hard winter and the lengthening days!

Look, Shiny!

Yes, of course, what I really need right now is a shiny new story idea eating my brain, complete with a set of new research to be done and books to be bought, to distract me from finishing The Moments of Being Pandora.*


On the other hand, I played some very pretty cello for half an hour this afternoon, firmly muted so no one could hear me.

* Actually, what’s eating my brain right now is whether I ought to write it in first-person or third-person, and if the latter, then omniscient or limited?

Apropos Of Not Much, AKA Distraction

My most recent wish-I-had thing is a five-string cello. It would be so, so very nice to be able to play low B (and lower!) without going to the trouble of downtuning and changing fingering.

Also, making part of your instrument from 250 year old reclaimed Pennsylvanian barn wood is just awesome. (Most of the instrument, actually, as this is an e-cello and thus consists mainly of fingerboard.)

I need to get some Philip Sheppard CDs, now. The samples on this page are beautiful. You can hear more at BMGZomba, a media-industry library of music clips for trailers and so forth, by searching “Philip Sheppard”. ‘Crystallised Beauty’ is being used for the ITV Jane Austen season, which is what led me to Sheppard’s other music.