Hello Friends – I have good news and bad news. The bad news is I’ve had to postpone my Christmas concert in Victoria this Decemeber due to an illness. The good news? – I’ll be performing a Christmas concert in Chemainus this year on Dec 20th to help raise money for the local United Church… space is limited so get your tickets early!
Come enjoy an amazing evening by the sea at Maffeo Sutton Park this summer August 17th. This event is free and fun for the whole family. Bring a lawn chair and maybe a blanket or two to cozy up under while you listen to some wonderful music. Calvin Dyck has invited me to join him and the Abbottsford Youth Orchestra for some fun summertime music making at the bandshell of Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo. The hope is that this will become a summer time tradition for the people of Nanaimo.
I am so pleased to be presenting a selection of songs with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. It will be a huge show with a few other countries represented, and all for charity which is something that we can all get behind!
What’s a tattoo, you ask? Let us explain. A tattoo (the military kind, as opposed to the inky, painful and sometimes regrettable kind) is a demonstration of precision military drumming, piping or musical expertise.Back in the 17th century, over 300 years ago, when the British Army was fighting in Belgium and the Netherlands, the garrison sent out drummers each night to call curfew, bringing the soldiers back to the barracks.Why was it called a tattoo? Well, drumming the nightly curfew was called “doe den tap toe”. Dutch for “turn off the tap”, the drumming told innkeepers to stop serving beer and send the soldiers home for the night. “Doe den tap toe” is quite a mouthful and was shortened to “tap-too”, which eventually evolved to the “tattoo” we know today! TICKETS
Italian for “Morning Music”, Mattina Musica is a 5 concert series of classical music, each taking place on a Monday morning At the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay, BC. Patrons are warmly invited to meet in the Sid lobby at 9:45 am for tea, coffee, and conversation before the 10:30 am concert. Concert date Monday March 11.
Musical Mornings is a new series of five salon-type concerts hosted by Sarah Hagen at the Evergreen Cultural centre in Coquitlam. Each morning begins with coffee, tea and treats followed by a 75 minute classical concert let by Hagen and featuring world class musical artists. It’s intimate. It’s casual. It will become one of your favourite morning rituals. Concert date Wednesday March 6th.
I’m excited to collaborate with the amazingly talented Sarah Hagen for these concerts. We’re gettin’ down… with some serious classical music. Its been a while since I’ve sunk my teeth into new repertoire and this is made all the more exciting for me, because, well lets just say it is a real challenge to be in top vocal form before noon these days. Walking the tight rope of singing high notes at that hour feels more like walking the plank. So if classical music isn’t your thing, you could always come and place bets on how many high notes I crack ; ) See you there.