The Montreal New Horizons Band - end of year concert text: Monique Bourbeau; pictures: Marc-Andre Fournier and Audrey-Kristel Barbeau
Having been unable to participate in the spring session, instead of going on stage with my friends, I sat down with the audience. What progress we have made in the last 5 years! The band has grown (3 levels now: Inititation, Adagio and Allegro), the repertoire is rich and varied. Congratulations to all my musician friends: the show was brilliant. My favorite: the beautiful waltz No. 2 from Shostakovich. A somewhat biased choice I admit, because it has accompanied my skating several times at the Boucherville Arena. The performance was magical.
The band with David on the podium
From left to right, the team: David Peretz-Larochelle, Melissa Tardif, Mariane Generale, Audrey-Kristel Barbeau
Concerts given by the Wind Orchestra of Film Music by Monique Bourbeau
On June 13 and 14, The Wind Orchestra of Film Music (and video games) gave 2 concerts at Claude Champagne Hall - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back and Zelda: A link to the Past. Unable to choose, I went to both concerts. I became addicted to film music and video games: I, who have never seen a Star Wars movie or held a Nintendo console in my hands! And if I have developed such an interest, it is thanks to my participation in our band that has allowed me to broaden my musical horizons. I fell in love with the Wind Orchestra of Film and Video Game Music and its director Jocelyn Leblanc. What a man! A colorful, whimsical character (see his concert outfits and his luminous wand) loquacious and funny. We didn't get bored and the show seemed to please the children who were present! With him, the music is both listened to, and seen: he goes to the piano to explain to us how John Williams builds his music; he makes us see turtle battles, castles and dungeons. Sometimes you hear the rain and the storm or the lullaby of Zelda that he interprets himself on the ocarina. The vocal soundtrack ensemble (EVTS) under the direction of Francis Choinière was also performing for the Zelda concert and some singers stood out with their whimsical costumes. Every OVMS concert is a surprise: some musicians and animators are costumed. A prize drawing with drum roll created a certain suspense and allowed for an original and fun fundraiser. Programming for next year is already available: https://ovmf.qc.ca/achat/billets-de-concerts/. In May 2020, the OVMF will present Asterix. I absolutely don't want to miss it: I have played the tapes so much for my kids!