Rising Stars Concert, May 8

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On Friday May 8th, the community of Uxbridge will once again enjoy the annual Rising Stars Concert presented by the Uxbridge Music Scholarship Fund. It’s an opportunity to hear some of our finest young musicians demonstrate their terrific talent, and remind us of why music education is so important. This year the concert will feature violin, piano, flute and voice performances, with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund which assists local students pursuing post-secondary studies in music.

One of last year’s scholarship winners, Kathryn Dnes, will treat the audience to her virtuosic violin playing. She will also play some tunes with her sisters Nicole and Natalie as the well-known and popular local fiddle trio, The Dnes Sisters. Their accompanists include Elaine Brandon on piano, and Chris Saunders on guitar.

The church’s magnificent grand piano will be played with mastery by two talented young pianists, Issac Hong and Stephanie Bacon, both of whom are working on their Royal Conservatory of Music grade 10 in piano. Sunderland Festival award winner Naomi Wilkes will thrill the audience with her beautiful flute playing, with Stuart Beaudoin as accompanist.

Rounding out the program will be a variety of vocal performances. The J.G. Gould Intermediate Jazz Choir, under the direction of Katie Fockler and accompanied on piano by Anthony Holt, will delight everyone with a selection of songs. Members of the cast of the Uxbridge Youth Theatre’s upcoming production of Back to the 80’s will perform several numbers from the show. As well, Ainslie Drew-Brook will return to the Uxbridge stage to sing (Ainslie is an Uxbridge favourite for her wonderful performances in the lead role of local music theatre productions such as Oliver and High School Musical, before going on to pursue drama studies at University of Toronto). She will be accompanied by Jane Loewen, the concert organizer and evening’s MC.

Come out and enjoy this special musical evening on Friday May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the acoustically-grand setting of St. Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church, 40 Toronto St. S. in Uxbridge. Tickets are available at the door (Church St. entrance) – adults $15, students $10, children under 10 free. See you there!

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