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Spencer Myer

Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by the Boston Globe, and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent, American pianist Spencer Myer is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today’s concert stage.

Spencer Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Boise, Dayton, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Knoxville, New Haven, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Springfield and Tucson Symphony Orchestras, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with, among others, conductors Nicholas Cleobury, Leslie B. Dunner, Robert Franz, Bernhard Gueller, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Timothy Muffitt, Kevin Rhodes, Lucas Richman, Klauspeter Seibel, Steven Smith and Victor Yampolsky. His 2005 recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by return orchestra and recital tours in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015.

Spencer Myer is a Steinway Artist.

LOCATION
Cecilia’s Retreat. 1199 Oakland Rd. RR2, Mahone Bay.

TIME
September 30, 11:00 AM

TICKETS
TBC. Reservations are available at 902 634-9994 or by email.

WEBSITE
For more please visit: http://www.spencermyer.com/

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Swinging Belles Benefit

Please see below Cookie Concert Posting for more details.

LOCATION
Cecilia’s Retreat. 1199 Oakland Rd. RR2, Mahone Bay.

TIME
October 7, 11:00 AM

TICKETS
TBC. Reservations are available at 902 634-9994 or by email.

WEBSITE
For more please visit: https://www.theswingingbelles.ca/

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Swinging Belles Cookie Concert

The Swinging Belles, a JUNO award-winning swing band for kids from St. John’s, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family!

Featuring child educators and performers Laura Winter and Erin Power, powered by guitarist extraordinaire Duane Andrews, the Swinging Belles will get parents’ toes tapping and kids twirling to swing, country and jazz. Laura and Erin know first hand the joy of dance that children can embrace through swing and jazz, being both primary school teachers. Duane and Erin appreciate the value of fresh, engaging kids music. An interactive performance, shows utilize tools such as storytelling, puppets and even hula hoops to engage their listeners to dance, and dance some more!

With Masters degrees in Education and Folklore respectively Erin and Laura have allowed their passion of music and movement to fuel work in the classroom, showcasing mandolins, banjos and ukuleles to enhance a child’s educational experience. Part of folk/country group The Dilettantes, the pair brought in Guitar guru Duane Andrews to form the Swinging Belles. A multi-award winning performer, composer and producer, Andrews has performed on stage at Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz festivals, and is thrilled to be able to share his Swing Jazz and NL traditional music to an enthusiastic young audience.

Their debut album More Sheep, Less Sleep (2014) won a JUNO for Children’s Album of the Year, a Canadian Folk Music Award for the same category, and two MusicNL awards (Group of the Year and Jazz/Blues Album of the Year). The band has had a busy summer performing at Calgary’s International Children’s Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival, and is thrilled to shake up the Lunenburg School of the Arts on Oct 7th as a part of their East Coast tour. Come as kids, or kids-at-heart, to enjoy a freshly baked cookie and a jive with the Swinging Belles!

Musique Royale will also host a benefit featuring The Swinging Belles for The Indian Point Fire Department which services not only the Oakland/Indian Point area but also provides assistance to neighbouring communities. The Indian Point Firehall acts as a community centre as well as the locale for Emergency Measures and Preparedness. It has recently undergone renovations upstairs to create an overnight station for the Inshore Rescue Staff. These new developments require a new septic system at a cost of approximately $20,000.

Enjoy a freshly baked cookie and added activities that often accompany our cookie events!

LOCATION
Lunenburg School of the Arts. 6 Prince St, Lunenburg.

TIME
October 7, 2:00 PM

TICKETS
$5 (4 years and under free)

WEBSITE
For more please visit: https://www.theswingingbelles.ca/

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Chester Brass

Founded in 1873 and incorporated in 1906, the Chester Brass Band is a British-style brass ensemble based in Chester, Nova Scotia. The band is a non-profit volunteer organization, funded wholly by its membership, concert series, and local patrons.

The Chester Brass Band’s repertoire includes classical works, marches, hymns, popular melodies and original works written or arranged specifically for brass band. The band also includes smaller subgroups: a Dixieland band, stage band and small brass ensembles.

The band has performed around Nova Scotia and across the world, often accompanying guest choirs, vocalists and instrumental soloists of distinction. On five occasions, Chester Brass was a top-three finisher at the International Brass Band Championships.

The band has been led since 2000 by Commander (Ret.) George Morrison, a musician and educator with over 40 years of experience.

LOCATION
Cecilia's Retreat. 1199 Oakland Rd. RR2, Mahone Bay.

TIME
October 15, 6:00 PM

TICKETS
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Bouey-Doucet Duo

Christina Bouey, violin

Pierre-Andre Doucet, piano

Two extraordinary Atlantic Canadians join forces to bring their musical gifts back home. Musique Royale is pleased to present Bouey-Doucet Duo on tour with Debut Atlantic. Prince Edward Island violinist Christina Bouey and New Brunswick pianist Pierre-André Doucet have created for a special program sure to lift your spirits. Two musical powerhouses, this duo is sure to ignite the stage.

Canadian violinist, Christina Bouey, is hailed by the New York Times for playing “beautifully,” by the New York Post, “When violinist Christina Bouey spun out that shimmering tune, I thought I died and went to heaven,” and by Opera News, for playing “with exquisite, quivering beauty.” Among her awards and prizes include the Grand Prize at the Fischoff Competition, Hugo Kortchak Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music, Heida Hermann International, Canadian National Music Festival, Queens Concerto Competition, and the Balsam Duo Competition.

Christina has performed as soloist with the Tonkünstler Ensemble, Metro Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Prince Edward Island Symphony, Banff Orchestra, Shattered Glass and the Hemenway Strings. Her solo and chamber performance credits include Carnegie Hall, Esterházy Palace, Yamaha Center Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard Club of New York, the Chromatic Club of Boston, Montreal Chamber Festival and the Indian River Festival. She plays a 1900 Scarampella on generous loan from the Canada Council Instrument Bank.

Praised for his colourful playing and fascinating writing, pianist and author Pierre-André Doucet is one of Canada’s most captivating young artists. An engaging chamber musician and collaborative pianist, he frequently works with countless established vocalists, choirs, instrumentalists and ensembles. Most recently, he was awarded a position in the inaugural Lincoln Center Stage piano quintet aboard the MS Koningsdam, a collaboration between the Lincoln Center of New York and Holland America Line.

In addition to having been heard on Radio-Canada, Espace musique, and CBC Radio’s Next! series, Mr. Doucet was also recently featured on CBC Radio 2’s list of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30 (2014). Furthermore, recent musical projects have seen him perform across Canada, as well as to Austria, France, Germany, South Africa, Spain and the United States.

LOCATION
Cecilia’s Retreat. 1199 Oakland Rd. RR2, Mahone Bay.

TIME
October 27, 6:00 PM

TICKETS
TBC. Reservations are available at 902 634-9994 or by email.

WEBSITE
For more please visit: http://www.christinabouey.com/ https://www.pierreandredoucet.com/

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