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KeyWinds Trio back on the Classical Concerts program

Originally cancelled in January, a spot opened up for the Feb. 20 concert
The KeyWinds Trio consists of Margaret St. Cyr, French horn; Yvonne Gillespie, piano; and Annick Richardson, clarinet. Keith McLeod is replacing Richardson on the clarinet for this performance. (Photo submitted)

The Chemainus Classical Concerts performance Sunday, Feb. 20 was sold out at 50 per cent capacity, but more tickets became available after changes to provincial health regulations were announced Tuesday.

The 2 p.m. concert Sunday at St. Michael’s Church on Mill St. in Chemainus can now go ahead at full capacity. Anyone who’d like to attend the concert with the expanded audience becoming a reality can contact Eleanor Montour at 250-748-8383 for ticket availability.

The performance features Instruments of Change with the KeyWinds Trio consisting of Margaret St. Cyr, French horn; Yvonne Gillespie, piano; and guest artist Keith McLeod, clarinet.

McLeod has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a soloist and orchestral player. He’s been the principal clarinet of the Victoria Symphony for the past 40 years.

The others are well-established Cowichan musicians who have forged a strong friendship and musical bond through years of collaboration that’s evident in their polished performances.

The concert will highlight the evolution of their respective instruments during the 1800s. Works by Herzogenberg, Reinecke, Bruch and Kahn demonstrate the musical possibilities that these changes provided.

Their performance will be augmented with interesting historical background information and a look at how the respective instruments were treated by these composers.

In accordance with regulations, proof of vaccination and masks are mandatory.

The KeyWinds Trio was originally scheduled to play the Jan. 9 concert, but it was cancelled due to the risks of the Omicron variant. The MacPherson Trio was on tap to perform Feb. 20, but was unable to play and the KeyWinds Trio was brought back, but without usual member Annick Richardson on clarinet.

“We had planned to reschedule the KeyWinds concert at a later date and are very pleased that they were available to perform their program on Feb. 20,” noted Rykie Avenant, artistic co-director of Chemainus Classical Concerts.

Guest artist Keith McLeod, clarinet, joins the KeyWinds Trio for the Feb. 20 Chemainus Classical Concerts series performance as a guest artist. McLeod is the principal clarinet with the Victoria Symphony. (Photo submitted)

Don Bodger

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I've been a part of the newspaper industry since 1980 when I began on a part-time basis covering sports for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle.
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