A variety show on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Katherine Hughes Memorial Hall in the Irish Cultural Centre at 582 North River Rd. will feature nine students from Holland College School of Performing Arts.
There will also be a 50/50 draw during the evening at the air-conditioned hall, and a light lunch is served during the intermission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will be 7:30-10 p.m. Admission is at the door. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 902-213-3924.
The BIS is again partnering with Holland College School of Performing Arts with nine students from the college performing in the show. Students in the music performance program at Holland College study Celtic music as part of their curriculum. They learn about the history of the Celtic musical tradition in the classroom and they prepare and perform pieces in their Celtic ensembles.
Following are brief bios of the performers:
Philippe Le Blanc from P.E.I., flute, is a Celtic music instructor and artist in residence at Holland College.
Gormlaith Maynes from Drogheda, Ireland, joins Holland College this year as co-ordinator of Celtic and traditional music. She is an accomplished concertina player holding a masters degree in music performance from the University of Limerick. Gormlaith also currently lectures in Irish at UPEI.
Tuli Porcher from Victoria, B.C., plays five-string violin. Porcher started playing fiddle at the age of three and at 10 years of age took up the cello. She is an accomplished player on both instruments, having recorded a Celtic CD and toured Scotland and Ireland with a Celtic band called Coast Line.
Tom Gammons, who plays guitar, is from Butte, Mont. The first-year student is looking to learn from the Celtic and traditional music scene in Canada.
Tre Thompson from Leaf Rapids, Man., is an accomplished fiddle player with a keen interest in Celtic music and a current first-year student in the performing arts program.
Luis Anselmi from Venezuela plays Venezuelan cuatro and piano and fuses the traditions from his country with different world music styles as he continues to spread the word about his culture.
Carlos Cordova from Quito, Ecuador, plays bass guitar and drums and is in the first year of the performing arts program at Holland College.
Noah Fowler is an accomplished bassist from Pennsylvania, while Sam Zakon-Anderson hails from Conway, Mass., and is a gifted piano player.
Siddharth Acharya comes from Chennai in India and is a keyboard player with a profound interest in the traditional music of his country.
At the end of the previous performance of this group at the Irish Hall on January 26, 2019, many members of the audience commented on the wide variety of talent this group displayed and on how much they enjoyed the evening.
This is the last of the five variety shows to be held at the BIS this season. On May 17, the BIS will begin its 23-week ceilidh season at the BIS.