A musical harvest

The Harvest of Music Festival in Qualicum Beach promises to be a treat

Eric Wilson will be one of many virtuoso performers who are set to make beautiful music in Qualicum Beach during the Harvest of Music.

The Harvest of Music at The Old School House (TOSH) is about to embark on it’s annual festival that brings an incredibly eclectic variety of superb musicians from all over the world to perform in Qualicum Beach.

TOSH Music Director Ron Hadley said he is proud to say this is their seventh annual Harvest of Music and once again the public can look forward to some incredible music performed in many different styles and a wide range of genres over four days.

He said the events are always well attended and there are several concerts to suit everyone’s tastes.  Even better he says with the ticket prices from only $10 to $16 you will get to hear the finest in live music with no stress on your wallet.

It all begins Thursday, September 29 at noon with the spotlight on youth.

Jillian Hanks, a brilliant young pianist and composer from the University of Victoria School of Music will fill the air with classical music until 1 p.m.

From 7 to 9 p.m. there is a jazz quintet concert.

Great straight ahead jazz will be performed by a scintillating international group made up of Steve Kaldestad on tenor sax, Barry Wedgle on guitar, Dan Brubeck on drums, Rick Kilburn on bass and Ron Hadley on piano.

On Friday Sept. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. Barry Wedgle performs a solo acoustic guitar set.

This will be a multi-genre concert that will include style blends of jazz, flamenco, country, rock and world music.

From 7 to 9 p.m. the music continues with a performance of Absolutely Amadeus.

This  marvelous Mozart mixture is performed by four of British Columbia’s finest classical musicians including Gwen Thompson on violin, David Harding on viola, Eric Wilson on cello and Michelle Mares on piano.

On Saturday Oct. 1 a four member Celtic band from Victoria will be performing from noon to 1 p.m. Cookeilidh’s music is described as “Westcoast Celtic” with traditional tunes from Scotland, Irleland, Cape Breton and Newfoundland.

The night performance from 7 to 9 p.m. moves over to the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre for an evening in Brazil featuring Sao Paulo vocalist Fernanda Cunha.

Hadley describes it as “a nice Brazilian evening without the airplane fare.”

The Horns of Plenty will open with compositions from Brazil, Bossa Nova, Samba, Brazilian pop and more with Barry Wedgle on guitar, Ron Hadley on piano, Joe Smith on bass, Dan Brubeck on drums and Jack Duncan on percussion.

Two more performances wrap up the musical harvest on Oct. 2 with a classical piano and flute concert from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. a cornucopia jam and multi-genre festival finale. A surprise spectrum of performers from this year’s Harvest of Music present a sumptuous smorgasbord of selections that will definitely delight every musical palate.

The Old School House is located at 122 Fern Road West in Qualicum Beach. A full festival pass which includes eight concerts is $100.  Tickets are also available for individual concerts and can be purchased by calling 250-752-6133 or visit www.theoldschoolhouse.org.

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