Little Qualicum Cheeseworks is changing things up this summer. Along with its usual Jazz

Musical weekend at Morningstar Farm in Parksville

Saturday evening will feature classical music, Sunday afternoon will feature a jazz band

This year, there’s a twist to the usual Jazz, Tea and Cheesecake.

On the evening of Saturday, July 16, people can head over to Morningstar Farm (403 Lowrys Rd., Parksville) for some Classical Brass in the Grass.

There will be music by the Pinnacle Brass Quintet, a Victoria-based group, with a repertoire from Baroque to tango to Beethoven to pops.

Organizer Ray Haynes said they’re going to have to break some new ground to get people to come out to the Saturday evening show.

“We want people to enjoy the sunset and the peace of a mid-summer evening on the farm with the cows in the foreground and the brass waking us up and calming up down,” Haynes said.

Of course, there will still be Jazz, Tea and Cheesecake on the Sunday (July 17) afternoon. The Dockside Drive Band is a show band from Victoria, according to Haynes.

“They just have fun with it and we’re going to see some toe-tapping dancing on the lawn.”

Haynes said their definition of jazz fits the audience for a sunday afternoon.

“It’s a little lighter, it’s a little dixie-ish, a little New Orleans-type traditional type of music and the people seem to like that,” he said.

When it came to the idea of a classical evening, Haynes said there’s a great parallel between jazz and classical music.

“They’re both creative forms, they are regarded as more complex forms of music and therefore, they have the respect for one another,” Haynes said “There’s not a great deal of difference between a Bach fuge and a Dixieland band. You have some spontaneous creativity and you have interaction of the imaginations.”

Along with the musical performances, there will be a dressage performance by Gina Allen and her horse Cielo.

Haynes said they expect about 400 people, so bring lawnchairs and enjoy the evening.

“I think it’ll be thrilling for people who have not been out to the farm on the evening.”

Classical Brass on the Grass is July 16 at 7 p.m. and Jazz, Tea and Cheesecake is July 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per concert and it includes a Mooberry wine tasting. Tickets are available at the Farmgate Store, Mulberry Bush Books and Crank Dog Music.

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