Relief concert has talent for all tastes

The Maple Ridge Times
February 11, 2005

This Sunday at the ACT will be an afternoon and evening of musician for all ages and many tastes - with money raised going to tsunami relief.

It's called Voices from the Heart and it starts at 1 p.m. with children's performers and ends in the evening with a collection of the community's best vocalists. In between will be a mix of music on the classical side of the musical spectrum, with some modern tunes blended in.

Organizer Peter Tam said the event was originally conceived as a fundraiser through the Army of Hearts umbrella.

"But throughout the process, as the synergy and excitement builds, we found that there is much more to this event - far more immediate benefits for ourselves than the $6,000 we are projecting to raise," Tam said. "We got the community involved. It didn't really matter who we are raising funds for, just the fact that over 300 people and those who support them are involved and being a part of it. That's what it's all about, community."

From 1 to 2:45 p.m. will be a children's section emceed by Hello the Clown.

There will be a Beauty and the Beast preview of an April show by the Lindberg Academy of Performing Arts.

Other performers include storyteller Patty Bailey, Grammas Jammas, Peggy Peat and Warren Performing Arts Academy, as well as Norden The Magician and Cariboo Moose. Tam himself writes songs about his pal Cariboo Moose, science and nature.

From 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. there will be a more adult menu, including the Maple Ridge Baroque Ensemble, with Lisa Benckhuysen (soprano), Christoph Salm (flute), Shelah Haddow (cello), MichŠle Desponts (harpsichord).

There will also be the Two Tall Women, also known as Pam and Beth Southwell (pictured), a mother-and-daughter duo with original and traditional folk songs duo, played on a variety of instruments including the guitar, bouzouki, djembe and mandolin.

Gu-Zheng Chinese Harps are colourful, traditional and ancient Chinese music played by Master Sonia Liu and her students Li-Ya Wang, Wendy Hsh, Belle Lin, Ting Kuo and Shih-Yun Wang.

Kyle Stein is an award-winning singer/songwriter who will be performing songs from his current CD, Highway 9. Also on stage will be the Millennium Players and the Silvertones Choir.

At 7 p.m., the Maple Ridge Secondary School Chamber Choir hits the ACT stage.

This ensemble includes students in Grades 8 through 12, directed by Carrie Tennant. Songs will include Good Night Sweetheart, If Ye Love Me, Tell My Ma When I go Home, and Sing Sorrow.

Fiona Blackburn trained as a classical singer and has sung numerous roles with the Vancouver Opera Company; she has also worked with many of Canada's leading ensembles and conductors. Fiona's varied musical career has led her to touring North America and the Orient with a professional choral ensemble and performing the Celtic, folk music of her roots.

Other performers include the Meadow Ridge Singers, Maple Ridge Choral Society, Maple Ridge Chorfest and the British Columbia Girls Choir.

All choirs will join on stage for one song, an estimated 200 voices singing together to finish the show.

For more information on tickets, call 476-ARTS, or drop by the ACT.