Editor: I was one of many who made their way to Trinity United Church on Monday, May 5, for Music Monday. This was a national event that was orchestrated to highlight the importance of music education in our country‚Äôs schools.
I was particularly impressed with the 400-voice choir of young school students, who filled the huge balcony of Trinity United all decked out in their white blouses and shirts, with black pants and skirts. And all so well behaved.
Interspersed into the 1 1/2-hour music event were two live national segments, the latter one featuring astronaut, Chris Hadfield singing along with all (Music Monday) national events, the Music Monday song, co-written with Bare Naked Ladies‚Äô Ed Robertson. Host MC for the Charlottetown event, was CBC Compass host Bruce Rainnie with youth guest host Katie Shaw, who was featured in the other live announcement.
And it is always a treat to hear well-known and loved musicians Lennie Gallant, Meaghan Blanchard, and Tim Chaisson. While this event was all encompassing the importance of music education, most important to me was the story of the six-string nation guitar that was built from 64 pieces of history and heritage . . . primarily pieces of wood from heritage structures across Canada. Many thanks to Towy Taylor for this history lesson.
Most noteworthy is the fact Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis and Mrs. Dorothy Lewis were on hand to add a hint of ‚Äúregal‚ÄĚ importance to music education.
I give credit to each and every one who worked to put together this huge event, especially the teachers and church members of Trinity United. It was a job well done that offered me, personally, a great musical interlude in what was nasty spring day weather wise. The musical warmth only enhanced the ambience of this historical church and I‚Äôm sure the day will be long remembered by everyone attending.