Concert to raise money for famine relief in Africa

Celebrity violinist Calvin Dyck and a small chamber orchestra will present a concert this Sunday in Black Creek to raise money for East Africa famine relief.

Celebrity violinist Calvin Dyck and a small chamber orchestra will present a concert this Sunday in Black Creek to raise money for East Africa famine relief.

Dyck, concertmaster of the Vancouver Island Symphony, has performed around the world in Cuba, Ukraine, France, Yukon, Mexico and China. He more recently played in the orchestra for the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

He will be joined in Black Creek by a small orchestra including some of his advanced students to present the famous Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.

Also on the program, the ensemble will perform Air on the G String by J.S. Bach, Gabriel’s Oboe from the movie The Mission, Canticle for an Angel by Vancouver composer Michael Conway Baker, and other favourites.

Proceeds from the concert will be funnelled to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), which has a goal of raising $1 million to provide material aid to victims of the worst drought and famine in East Africa in 20 years.

The MCC has set up “food for work” programs in which 92 sand dams are being built to provide a longer-term solution to the lack of water. The food meets immediate needs, even as workers are creating water retention systems that should help them in the future.

The concert will be held Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Black Creek United Mennonite Church. Admission is $15 at the door, or phone to reserve tickets.

For more information on the concert or on the fundraising efforts, contact 250-923-2420 or 250-337-2204.

— Mennonite Central Committee