The Comox Valley Concert Band presents Winterize, a musical program designed to warm the heart and drive the cold winter away.
The 40-member wind ensemble, under the direction of Patrick Hoenmans, takes the stage at the Florence Filberg Centre this Sunday at 2 p.m. The band is a growing community group of musicians that boasts an age range of 16 to 92.
This fall’s concert will feature, once again, the rich voice of Dale Graham. She will front the band for a selection of Gershwin tunes that resonate the warmth of three Warren Barker arrangements. Dale sings They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Someone to Watch Over Me and But Not for Me.
The band performs two seasonal Leroy Anderson compositions as well as a modern arrangement of the ninth century advent carol O Come Immanuel.
Anne McGinty’s Twas in the Moon of Wintertime recalls early contact of French colonists and First nations. Father Jean Brebeuf’s Huron Carol is the text for this haunting look at winter and wilderness.
Three English Dances leads the listener through the seasons, from lush gardens to halls bedecked with holly. Taken from John Playford’s The English Dancing Master 1651, the suite features the popular Drive the Cold Winter Away.
The concert is followed by a tea, provided by gracious hosts the Evergreen Seniors.
Good music, good company and good cheer — all for $5.
— Comox Valley Concert Band