The 61st annual Sunderland Lions Music Festival, will be held from Monday, February 12th until Friday, February 23rd, 2018. Again, this year, the venues for this popular event are the Sunderland Town Hall and the St. Andrew’s United Church, in Sunderland.
The Festival will be officially opened this year by Mayor John Grant, on February 12th, at 9:30 a.m., in the Sunderland Town Hall, the home of the festival since its inception in 1958.
Daily sessions begin at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Piano classes will take place February 12th to 16th. String classes will be on February 16th in the United Church. Most of the vocal, instrumental and school choir classes will be during the week of February 20th to February 23rd, at both the Town Hall and United Church.
The band sessions will be at Port Perry High School, with a combination of elementary and secondary band performances and workshops, on Wednesday, February 21st, and Thursday, February 22nd, starting at 3:30 p.m. Please check the festival website for an exact timetable.
Stars of the Festival Concerts, when all class winners are invited back for an encore performance, will be held at the Town Hall, from February 26th to March 1st, with each evening performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
Programs cost $4.00 each and are available at: the Port Perry School of Music; Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry; the Studio of Jennifer Neveu; Shopper’s Drug Mart, in Uxbridge; in Sunderland, at Pilgrim’s Home Hardware and Sunderland Guardian Pharmacy. A Festival Pass is available for $12.00, or admission to each individual session is $3.00. You may download the program at www.sunderlandlionsmusicfestival.com.
The Music Festival Committee engages highly qualified adjudicators, who will assist participants in developing technique, and encourage them in furthering their musical studies. Adjudicators for 2018 include Ellen Berry for piano, Witold Swoboda for strings, Dennis Ullman for instrumental and Pamela Birrell for vocal.
During the Festival, St. Andrew’s UCW serve lunch daily in the church banquet hall. Menus include homemade soups, sandwiches and delicious desserts at very reasonable prices.
The Music Festival Committee requests that participants and spectators park their vehicles in the parking facilities adjacent to the Sunderland Arena, so that the businesses on the main street can function normally.
We cordially invite one and all to attend the 2018 Sunderland Lions Music Festival.
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