BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: There must be something in the water, and Port Perry’s most musical alumni aim to prove it, this Saturday!
The Port Perry High School Music Department is proud to present the second iteration of their seasonal alumni concert, ‘With a Little Help From My Friends: 2’. Taking place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, this talented group of musicians and vocalists will take the stage at Port Perry United Church, at the corner of Queen St. and Simcoe St., in downtown Port Perry.
The show, which is a follow up on last year’s hit performance, will feature a range of songs - from opera to rock, and everything in between.
Featuring the musical talents of Bill Dowson, Mike Murczek, Chris Evans, Aimee Foster, Jeremy Foster, Mark Foster, Karina Bray, Mitch Tones, Adam Sinclair and C. Ryan Edgar - With a Little Help From My Friends: 2 is set to rock the stage, with a little help from the audience and supporters.
For an exciting treat, Port Perry’s own Lyon - music department graduate Lauren Malyon - will return to her hometown to close the show in grand fashion.
Lyon’s involvement with music started at an early age. The Port Perry native began playing the violin when she was three-years-old, and piano when she was six. When Lyon reached her mid-to late-teens, she began to experiment with singing and songwriting. Soon after, she launched her career into music and began touring Canada and releasing albums.
Rory Snider-McGrath, director of the music department, is excited to see many of his former students and take in the music he helped to teach and encourage them to make.
“We could probably run an alumni concert every year for the next six years, and never repeat our artists,” said Mr. Snider McGrath. “There are so may successful students coming out of this program, and I’m proud that they want to give back.”
Mr. Snider-McGrath went on to tell The Standard that the proceeds from this year’s concert will go to send his students on trips and to their performances, so that they can practice their craft in front of an audience.
Bill Dowson, who performs locally on multiple instruments but mainly plays piano, graduated from Port Perry High School in 1984, and still calls Port Perry his home.
“In my last year of high school, I played in four bands, three choirs, and a quartet,” said Mr. Dowson. “This school, this town and this music have always been passions of mine - it’s going to be great to play with everyone and help support the music department.”
Tickets are $15 each, and are available at Port Perry High School or at the door - children under 12-years-old will be free.
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