A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening

Sunday June 22, 7:30 p.m. “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening” with Carol Gibson and Jane Loewen, piano and voice. Favourite show tunes by Gershwin and others. St. Andrews-Chalmers Presbyterian Church, 40 Toronto St. S., Uxbridge. Tickets $15 ($10 students) at Blue Heron Books and at the door.

Two of Uxbridge’s most popular and talented musicians are teaming up to bring their magic to the Uxbridge stage on June 22 in a performance entitled “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening”. Vocalist Jane Loewen and pianist Carol Gibson will present a programme of favourite tunes ranging from Broadway to modern classics and much between. The list includes “Memory” from Cats, “When I Grow Too Old to Dream”, Ivor Novello’s “We’ll Gather Lilacs”, George Gershwin’s “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” and “My Man’s Gone Now” from Porgy and Bess, “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom”.

Both performers have rich musical backgrounds. Jane has held lead stage roles in Toronto productions including the Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s Mikado and Toronto Opera Repertoire’s Rigoletto. She has had solo recitals in Hart House, Walter Hall and the Heliconian Hall, as well as being a Broadway/pop entertainer in Toronto restaurants. She has sung on opera, concert and theatre stages and has several live CD/DVD recordings of her concerts. Jane moved to Uxbridge in 2006 and her appearances here include a Schumann concert, the AhMen Project, OnStage Uxbridge and T3 Productions as well as the Foster Concert Series, the Celebration of the Arts and the Uxbridge Arts Association. She was a soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Uxbridge Messiah Singers. Jane has her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto in Voice and Music Education. She has both a Performer’s and Teacher’s ARCT in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is a member of the Conservatory’s College of Examiners. Jane teaches voice in Uxbridge and speaks with great pride of her aspiring pupils.

Carol started playing piano by ear at the age of five and began lessons at seven in her hometown of Sydney, Nova Scotia. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music with an ARCT in Piano Performance. While still in Sydney she taught piano and was Assistant to the city’s Supervisor of School Music and had her own radio and TV shows there before moving to Halifax. There she was a featured performer on two CBC national network TV shows for six years. She wrote the lyrics and music for a national CBC radio Summer Stage Production. After moving to Toronto she was a member of the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and is presently a member of the College of Examiners of the Conservatory. Carol entertained for many years in top Toronto hotels and clubs as well as for private and corporate functions. Now a resident of Sandford in Uxbridge Township, she has been a featured performer in the Celebration of the Arts Cabaret production, Hillary House in Aurora and the Sandford Music Gala. Carol says she “enjoys creating her own arrangements from all eras of popular music” and has produced three CDs.

Jane and Carol express great admiration of each other and, in Jane’s words, “we make musical magic together”. Their walk down memory lane with their audience will take place at St. Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Uxbridge, 40 Toronto Street South, at 7:30 PM on Sunday June 22. Tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students, can be purchased at Blue Heron Books and at the door.

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