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UGDSB high schools teaming up for special concert

May 6, 2022

An incredible musical event is happening on June 4 in the EL Fox Auditorium at John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute in Guelph.

The music programs at Guelph CVI, Centennial CVI, and John F. Ross CVI will be combining for a special concert in support of the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

All three schools’ bands will be performing separately, and then as a special finale, the schools will combine for a mass band performance of the pieces “Moscow, 1941” and “Kyiv, 2022” written by American composer Brian Balmages.

One of Balmages’ most successful pieces of music, written many years ago, is “Moscow, 1941.” Following the recent world events, Balmages felt compelled to write a sequel to this piece entitled “Kyiv, 2022.” All proceeds from the sale of this piece are going to support the ground efforts in Ukraine and at present more than $25,000 has been raised in just over two months.

To make this event even more special, the mass band performance will be directed by Dr. Colleen Richardson, Associate Professor, Director of Bands at Western University and the President Elect of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).

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