Promise of Spring concert delightful evening

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Editor: A chilly breeze was in the air but  hearts were warmed by the uplifting music in the Charlottetown Tulip Festival Promise of Spring Concert at Trinity United Church. There were free tickets for the concert but anyone who wished could contribute to the Salvation Army at the door.

 The musical concert promised, “to be a delightful evening of light and airy musical entertainment” and they delivered. Headliners for the concert were Joey Kitson, Catherine O’Brien, Caroline Bernard and Kendra MacGillivray.

 The House Band included Don Fraser, keyboards, Devin Hornby, bass, and Alan Dowling, drums. There was a six-person String Ensemble including Adrian Irvine, Jen Clement, Ellen McQuillan, Gail Teixeira, Chris Wilkinson and Natalie Williams Calhoun. Backup singers were Kelsea McLean, Jennifer Gillis and Andrea Ellis.

Some of the selections sung were Snowbird, You Raise Me Up,  Four Strong Winds and Forever Dancing. Diane Barnes wrote Sadie Calhoun Medley. My Island Home was written by Don Fraser and definitely hit a chord with many people from Charlottetown and the Island. Un enfant peut sauver le monde was written by Angele Arsenault.

Kendra MacGillivray had toes tapping as she entertained with various styles of  music including Polka Number Three.

A choir of over 100 joined their voices for several selections followed by some very talented young ladies from the Dance Stars Academy who performed Confederation in Movement by Maria Brychuk. The sound and light for the show was amazing with different coloured lights hitting the pipes of the pipe organ and reminded me of tulip colours.

 As the music played we were treated to photos of Charlottetown from years ago. There were photos of Woolworth’s, Hughes Corner, the old Hillsborough Bridge, trains, old cars, horses and buggies. Now I don’t go back to horse and buggies but I sure remember the Woolworth’s store on Queen Street.

The musical show was approximately two hours in duration and the church was filled to capacity. The talented artists mesmerized the appreciative audience who gave a rousing applause.

Special thanks is in order to the City of Charlottetown who planned this special Tulip Festival event and to the many sponsors who made this musical tribute to spring possible.

Of course I would be amiss not to mention the “stars of the show’ which were the tulips on the front steps and in the sanctuary.  We cannot forget them as they truly are a Promise of Spring.

Marlene Bryenton,


Organizations: Trinity United Church, Salvation Army, Kendra MacGillivray.The House Dance Stars Academy

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Island Home

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