Thursday, March 6, 2014


A Travel Adventure in Music

Fundraiser for Mission Science Centre telescope March 30

Released by Jack Kopstein, BSO with photos from Elmar Goldsmith


The ensemble plays Christmas music at Willowbrook Mall this past Christmas. Below, the Ensemble plays at Minter Gardens.


oin Conductor Shannon Goldsmith and the Cascadia Wind Ensemble on March 30 for a fabulous musical Journey with Soloist Gene Ramsbottom  in the majestic Clarke theatre for a concert perfect for every age and fan level.


This concert is about musical remembrances of travel. In the case of Spain and the great concert march Amparita Roca it is the sunny, riotously colorful Spanish running of the Bulls which  is visited though the music. Another great iconic travel piece was sketched out by Gustav Holst while he was on an extended visit to the quaint villages of the British landscape. It is inspired by the land and music that surrounded him to compose a Suite in Eb for military band made up of folk songs of the area.

Our solo work features  renowned clarinetist Gene Ramsbottom  in his first masterful clarinetist. Musical director Shannon Goldsmith  features a 30 piece concert band made up of outstanding musicians from throughout the Fraser valley.

The diverse ability of the musicians to change hats and play music which is Jazz inspired such as St Louis Blues march and American Patrol will both entertain and force audiences to beat their feet to shake their head and snap their fingers, without missing a beat. (no dancing in the aisles however!!!) But thatís exactly what sets the Cascadia Wind Ensemble apart: It has managed to create an experience unique in its ability to cater to all sides of the music loving coin.

Gene Ramsbottom had been performing with the CBC Radio Orchestra since 1974 and as its principal clarinetist since 1984 until the orchestra was permanently disbanded by the CBC in November 2008. Maestro Richard Bonynge appointed him to be the founding principal clarinetist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra from 1975-1996. He has performed as a chamber musician or soloist in Canada, England, France, Germany, Israel, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States and Ireland.

He was a featured artist at Troy State University's Clarinet Day conference in Alabama in March 2010 and premiered Alain Mayrand's "Battling Boggarts" with clarinetist Dr. Tim Phillips and the Troy University Symphonic Winds at the 2011 Whistler Con Brio Music Festival. He toured as the guest soloist with the West Vancouver Youth Band in their Germany tour in 2007 and in July 2011 in their tour of France, Belgium and Holland.


The Cascadia Wind Ensemble Present  A Travel Adventure in Music

A fundraiser for the new Mission Rotary Observatory and Space Science Station.

When: Sunday, March 30 2:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Clarke Theatre Heritage Park Centre 33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission

Tickets: Adults $15.00 Seniors/Students/Children $10.00

Special  guests include the spectacular Gene Ramsbottom and Masterful Nicole Hinten, Clarinetists and  Missionís very own Heritage Park Secondary School Concert Band. Half of net proceeds will be donated toward the purchase of a



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