Popular classical music will strike a chord

Local musicans to play concert at Arts Station in Fernie


By Rebecca Edwards


Popular Viennese waltzes, a Mozart flute quartet and traditional folk dances are on the varied program at Fernie Chamber Orchestra and Trinity Mountain Ensemble’s Evening of Classical Music at The Arts Station next Saturday, June 16.

Fernie Chamber Orchestra features 10 local musicians who meet each week to enjoy playing a variety of music styles together.

Next Saturday they will play Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss, Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, the famous Pavane by Gabriel Fauré, and arrangements of two traditional Polish waltzes.

The orchestra’s players are Yolaine Hames (flute and musical director), Kerri Holmes (violin and orchestra librarian), Kumi Yamamoto (cello), Rebecca Edwards (violin and viola), Virginia Robinson (violin), Debbie Gould-Hawke (violin), Daniel Edwards (violin), Dawn Deydey (clarinet), Jess Wallman (clarinet) and David Bird (flute).

Hames, Holmes, Edwards and Yamamoto also make up the Trinity Mountain Ensemble, a flute and string quartet that is available to play at weddings and also played at the opening of 901 Spa and Picnic earlier this year.

The ensemble will play Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss, Mozart’s Flute Quartet in C Major and Gershwin’s Lullaby.

Last December Fernie Chamber Orchestra played a sell-out Christmas concert with Fernie Community Choir and earlier this year they performed at Isabella Dicken Elementary School, teaching the children about all the different instruments of the orchestra, and even getting some students involved.

This year the orchestra was grateful to receive funding from the Kootenay-Columbia Cultural Alliance to pay for sheet music, instrument rental and for group and individual masterclasses with musicians from the I.D.E.A.L. Society in Jaffray.

Fernie Chamber Orchestra and Trinity Mountain Ensemble play at The Arts Station next Saturday, June 17. Doors open 6:30pm and the concert will start at 7pm.

Entry is by donation, with a suggested donation of $5, and all proceeds will go towards buying new music for the orchestra.

For more information see www.trinitymountainensemble.com