Friday, May 15, 2015

CNP Symphony and guests deliver great performances to Pincher Creek audience

Jerry Lonsbury and the CNP Symphony
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

The Crowsnest Pass Symphony and Friends in Sync gave their last performances of the season at the First Baptist Church in Pincher Creek on Thursday, May 14th in front of over 100 people. The symphony also performed the night before in the Horace Allen School in Coleman. Conductor Jerry Lonsbury led the 31 performers in the symphony through a well presented evening, 'The Gang' quartet, and vocal group Friends in Sync.

CNP Symphony
Lonsbury said that the CNP Symphony started in 1925, and he has been conducting the group for close to 20 years. He has crafted many themed performances and said "Tonight, it's just a collection."  That collection was made up of pieces that showcased the strengths of the performers. Many of the orchestra members have performed together for years and that camaraderie showed in a smooth rendition of the energetic 'Capriccio Epagnol', the lively 'Czech Folk Song Suite', and a haunting rendition of 'In a Monastery Garden'. The '1812 Overture' was powerful, albeit missing the signature cannon fire.  Most of the audience were familiar with the selections from 'The Sound of Music', and 'España Cañí' or 'Gypsy Spain' became a conversation of notes with inflections, queries, and responses. The symphony finished the evening with 'Mountain Majesty Overture', a beautiful piece that Lonsbury said musically expressed the lovely area that we live in. It was challenging, beautiful, and rose to a lofty summit, similar to the landscapes we see here daily.

^ 'The Gang' - Peter Amundsen, Brian McGillivray, Deborah Goldstein, and Wendell Kisner

Guests included "The Gang" a foursome consisting of Peter Amundsen, Brian McGillivray, Deborah Goldstein, and Wendell Kisner who chose to perform the playful selections of 'Take the A Train' and 'The Entertainer'.

Friends in Sync
The Friends in Sync Choir were 18 vocalists strong this concert, with piano accompaniment by Brenda Squair. They performed "Ordinary Miracle', 'Route 66', and a challenging Medley from 'Les Miserables'.  Director Pat Toney said "They did great, I'm very proud of all of them." Toney said that Friends in Sync will be starting practice again in September and anyone who would like to join is welcome to contact her by phone at 403-627-3153.

The dedicated work that all of the performers put into their craft, whether instrumental or vocal, made it a sweet evening of lovely music.

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