KAWARTHA LAKES: Music enthusiasts from North Durham and the City of Kawartha Lakes are eagerly anticipating the opening of the 59th annual Sunderland Lions Music Festival which runs from February 15 to 26. Again this year, the venues for this popular event are the Sunderland Town Hall and the Sunderland United Church.
The Festival will be officially opened by Mayor John Grant on Monday, Feb. 15th. All piano classes will be held in the Sunderland Town Hall. Sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise stipulated. Violin classes will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Sunderland United Church.
Vocal sessions will begin on Sunday, February 21 at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall. Vocal, instrumental and choir classes continue from Feb. 11 to 26. The elementary and secondary band workshop program will be held at Port Perry High School on Wednesday, Feb. 24, commencing at 3:15 p.m.. Adult admission to each session is $2.
This year the Festival program is available on the Sunderland Lions Music Festival web-site at www.sunderlandmusicfestival.com. Copies of the program may be purchased in Uxbridge at Shoppers Drug Mart and Jennifer Neveu’s Studio; in Port Perry at Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry (Water St.) and at the Port Perry School of Music (Reach St.) and in Sunderland at Pilgrim’s Home Hardware, Sunderland Guardian Pharmacy and at the Festival.
The Stars of the Festival Concerts, when all class winners are invited back for an encore performance, will be held from Monday, February 29 to Thursday, March 3 with each evening performance beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Sunderland Town Hall. Admission to the “Stars” concerts is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
The Music Festival Committee engages only highly qualified adjudicators who will assist participants in developing technique and encouraging them in furthering their musical studies.
Adjudicators for the 2016 Festival include: Janet Fothergill, piano: Sasha Weinstangel, strings; Claudio Engli, instrumental and Colleen Morrison, vocal.
During the Festival, Sunderland United Church Women serve lunch daily in the Sunday School Hall.
The lunches include homemade soups, sandwiches and delicious desserts at very reasonable prices.
The Music Festival Committee requests that participants and spectators of the Festival park their vehicles in the parking facilities, adjacent to the Sunderland Arena, so that the businesses on the main street can function normally.
The Sunderland Lions Music Festival is very special to so many of the residents of North Durham, who have performed in the Festival themselves or proudly watched their children perform and gain the valuable experiences that performance provides.
The Committee is indebted to the many individuals and businesses who so generously give of their resources, time and efforts to make this event so memorable for so many.
We invite you all to take time to come back and witness the incredible performances of this year’s very talented musicians at this annual Music Festival.
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