KSS Premiere Performance tonight

Kwalikum Secondary students say the show must go on

The KSS Fine Arts Society annual Premiere Performance takes place at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre tonight at 8 p.m. and while this year the program has been scaled down to just a musical performance, the program being presented includes something for everyone’s musical taste.

Due to the teachers’ labour dispute and withdrawal of extracurricular activities the event will not include the visual arts or drama but music students from Kwalikum Secondary School will be on stage performing and the program will include a combination of the concert bands and the choir.

The program for the choir includes a light lyrical called Come To Me Oh My Love, a Canadian piece about hope called I dream of Rain, a slow Tennyson poem entitled Crossing the Bar, Scarbrough Fair and a medley of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

The junior concert band students in Grade nine and 10 are performing Atlantis, Hawaii 5-0 and Big Cage March while the senior band will impress with Little Concert Suite, Salvation is Created and the circus march Bravura.

The mass band will perform Fannfare and the lively Furiosity.

KSS music specialist Dave Stewart said he isn’t clear if he will be directing the bands because of the teachers job action.

“We are on work to rule so we are trying to figure that out,” he admitted.

He did say that the performance is part of the curriculum and the students get a mark for the event so he is confident they can work through the issues and be an integral part of it.

Stewart said that there has not been an issue with rehearsing because in the music program they teach outside of the regular time table.

“We actually run from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is within our assigned time and it gives more flexibility for students,” he said and added the schedule is a benefit for kids who end up with extra credits.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert on May 1 cost $8 each and can be purchased at either the Mulberry Bush Bookstore in Qualicum Beach or at Remax First Realty at Wembley Mall in Parksville.

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