Sunday, August 4, 2013

Great Entertainment

On Thursday afternoon we were in Rosebud, Alberta for the matinee of "Cotton Patch Gospel," a modern retelling of the gospel story set in Georgia in the 60's.  The productions at Rosebud are always of highest quality, and this one was superb!  There are many musical numbers and the band (violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo and string bass) was fantastic.  Especially impressive were the banjo player and the string bass player.  We both thoroughly enjoyed the play.

Friday evening I attended a perfectly marvellous concert right here in town.  It was part of the first annual Rosebud Chamber Music Festival.  The performance was in the Atrium, a beautiful two story space in one of the newest building in town, on the property of the local Bible College.

The concert began with a fellow singing two Schubert songs (in German).  Then came a performance of the Piano Quartet in g minor by Mozart and the concert ended with the Piano Quintet No 1 in A major by Dvorak.  We were treated to the highest quality playing by national-class musicians who were obviously enjoying themselves.  The viola player is a young man, originally from Rosebud, whom I knew and played with in string groups when he was a teenager.  In fact, I arranged a chamber music concert in the same venue about five years ago in which he was the featured soloist.  He is now the Principal Violist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.  Plus, he's a nice guy.

Afterwards we all walked a block down the street to the Arts Academy for a wine and hors d'oevres reception there.  What a great treat all the way 'round, especially for a small town like ours!  We all hope they do this again new year!

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