Monday, July 28, 2014

The Paper Bag 1812 Overture - Symphony by the Sea 2014

Come Join the Big Bang in the Paper Bag 1812 Overture at
Symphony by the Sea

When Calvin Dyck, popular violinist and man of many hats, puts together a show, just about anything can happen. Calvin loves surprising the audience – and the musicians. On Saturday, August 9 at 6 p.m. rain or shine, in Maffeo Sutton Park in downtown Nanaimo, Calvin is presenting Symphony by the Sea. It’s a FREE (donations welcomed) live musical family event with a cast of awesome performers like tenor Ken Lavigne, members of the Vancouver Island Symphony and Abbotsford Virtuosi, Flamenco guitarist Eric Harper, Nanaimo pianist Sarah Wood, dancer Charlene Hart, pianist and composer Mel Bowker, and Kaleb McIntyre on bagpipes. And – you got it – SURPRISES!
The Paper Bag 1812 Overture - Calvin has let the cat  (air) out of the bag regarding one surprise – the Paper Bag 1812 Overture. The big bang of cannons during this fantastic overture by Tchaikovsky is always a great way to end a sensational summertime concert. This year the audience gets to join in.
Says Calvin; “I’m considering combining the popping of paper bags with an electronic blast from our surround-sound man, Jim Kent. In the traditional music there are bells and percussion, so we will also have volunteers in the audience with different noise-makers.”

How? What? Where? And when? Calvin explains; “Just before intermission I’ll do a demonstration. Then during intermission the audience can buy paper bags for a nominal fee (we are also using the event as a fundraiser to cover costs), and at the appropriate time in the music, on cue, everyone can pop their bag. It will be a blast – several thousand paper bags being popped at the same time!”
Whose idea? “I can’t take credit for it,” laughed Calvin. “A member of the Calgary Philharmonic arranged the music a few years ago. They performed it and it was great fun. And Rosemary Thompson of the Okanagan Symphony showed the score to me. I’ve had it on the back burner ever since – waiting for the perfect time – which is Symphony by the Sea.”
Great music and entertainment.  From Calvin’s soaring Hot Canary, to Ken’s silky and breathtaking Bring Him Home, Symphony by the Sea is filled with great music and entertainment. There’s Scotland the Brave, the theme from Lord of the Rings, the spine-tingling Fanfare for the Common Man with the brass section of the Vancouver Island Symphony, Neapolitan favourites with Ken, and Cole Porter classics with Calvin - it’s music that everyone knows and loves. Add a story or two, some poetry, some dancing, more surprises and audience participation (like singing along with Ken) and you have a truly fun-filled show for the whole family.
Rain or shine! – That’s Saturday, August 9 at 6 p.m. Families, friends, all ages are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics to Maffeo Sutton Park. Come early to get your parking spot (or consider coming by bus or car-pooling) and book your 'patch' of grass; enjoy the Sea Walk, kids’ park and beach; venture along the beautiful waterfront and wander into Downtown Nanaimo and exquisite shops.

Come on down by the sea Make it a total family day followed by great entertainment, awesome music, and as always with our sensational Calvin Dyck - SURPRISES!
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