Concert Ramblings…

Chamber Music along Okanagan Lake with Masterworks Ensemble (Tracy Fehr, Soprano; Elizabeth Lupton, Violin, Viola; Dennis Nordlund, Pianoforte; Jordan Dyck, Cello, Upright Bass)…. 

These house concerts in August, 2011, starting in Summerland and cumulating on the Naramata Bench, were a great success and with full houses each night!  Guests enjoyed the more intimate setting with chamber music played as it was often originally intended.  We were so appreciative of our wonderful hosts who opened their homes for musicians and guests, our lovely venues, and local wineries that generously participated (Summergate Winery and 8th Generation Winery).

September followed in a whirl of activity with several unexpected concerts with Welsh Phantom legend, Peter Karrie and his Phantom Tour, myself taking on the role of ‘Christine’ as well as an opportunity to perform a few arias as well.   Unfortunately publicity on this side of the Atlantic wasn’t sufficiently arranged and attendance was much smaller than Peter (or I) had expected.  September was also a busy time for me preparing for my A Song for Hope tour in North Africa and the UK in October…

I returned to the Okanagan in time for more concerts in November and December! It was a delight to perform with Christine Purvis, organist, and Tracy Stuchberry, piano as part of St. Saviour’s
Chamber Music concert series, a Christmas Celebration.  I truly enjoy singing Handel and Bach with pipe organ accompaniment – what fun!  And then of course adding Mozart to the musical feast with Tracy accompanying was an added joy.  It was a lovely programme with a very appreciative audience.

Two Penticton concerts this Christmas raised over $1000 for the livelihood project, one with Voices in Song at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church and one with myself and several of the Voices in Song singers at the Penticton First Baptist Church. It was a priviledge to send this large donation to ACT! Thank you to all who have supported this work by attending concerts and through generous donations.

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