Thursday, August 08, 2013

FREE Family Concert Aug. 17 Nanaimo

Summertime Pops by the Sea

The hats are back - and the guy in the tie
Presenting: Ken Lavigne, Tenor; Calvin Dyck, Violin
With the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra
Members of the Vancouver Island Symphony
Sarah M. Wood, Piano
and the Skipping Sensations
Saturday, August 17, 6 p.m.
Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
A FREE Family Live Musical Event - RAIN OR SHINE!!!

  It's a top talent line-up for Summertime Pops by the Sea on Saturday, August 17 at 6 p.m. (rain or shine) in Maffeo Sutton Park. Vancouver Island residents and visitors will be treated to an exciting and entertaining full-surround-sound in a LIVE orchestral event with special guests - and it's FREE!

Calvin Dyck - is well known to Nanaimo and Island audiences for his virtuosic violin playing as a soloist, as a member of outstanding musical productions and as the well-loved concertmaster of the Vancouver Island Symphony. Calvin wears many hats - musician, teacher, producer, director and adjudicator, not to mention his community work and parenting. For Summertime Pops by the Sea Calvin will be performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons 'Summer', Yankee Doodle Variations and Hot Canary. And yes, he'll be wearing a hat or two. (

Ken Lavigne - the guy in the tie - is Vancouver Island's very popular contemporary classical tenor. With a voice described as liquid gold, Ken has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra, with opera companies and symphony orchestras across Canada and the US and toured with his own musicians. Ken will not only wrap the audience with his beautiful voice, as he sings O Sole Mio, Stand by Me, Hallelujah, You Raise Me Up, I'm a Rover and his ever moving Danny Boy, he will entertain with his delightful banter and amusing stories. (

Sarah M. Wood - is a pianist-composer with a bent and pre-occupation for coastal waters and a musical style that ranges from classical to jazz, theatrical and sacred. Her works have been described as compositions with 'a hint of Broadway meeting Pacific-Northwest ocean and rainforest'. Happy to be back living in Nanaimo and thrilled to be part of Summertime Pops by the Sea, Sarah will be tickling the ivories for Sailing from Schooner Cove, an imaginary musical sailing odyssey she composed in 2009 after a visit to the waterfront in Nanoose. (

The Skipping Sensations - is a group of dedicated rope jumpers from Abbotsford who take the sport to new heights. These provincial and national champions have performed across BC and Canada and this year in London, England. In this return visit to Nanaimo they will amaze the audience with their unique and energetic skipping precision while the orchestra plays the famous Can Can. (

The Abbotsford Youth Orchestra - was formed 13 years ago to meet a growing need for young string players to have a social and musical group experience at the highest level. The orchestra has grown to include junior and senior levels, has been on several tours and performed hundreds of concerts - choreographed! For Summertime Pops by the Sea they will be joined by Pippa Williams (VIS principal oboe), Marjorie Cullerne (VIS second violin), Samuel Tsui (VIS second violin) and Ernie Kassian (VIS viola) for the swashbuckling theme of Pirates of the Caribbean, toe-tapping Texas Swing and Maple Sugar Rag, the rapturous Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, popular Palladio Theme, and much more.  

So come on down by the sea - for fantastic LIVE music, family entertainment - and surprise draws! 
Families, friends, all ages are invited to bring along lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to Maffeo Sutton Park; and, consider car-pooling and transit to avoid traffic congestion (parking at Maffeo Sutton is limited). We expect the sun to be shining! That's Saturday, August 17, at 6 p.m. 


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