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Orillia Silver Band performance to benefit Hillcrest Lodge

Saturday night concert at St. Paul's is part of Orillia Jazz Festival and a key fundraiser for Hillcrest Lodge
Cam Davidson and Neil Barlow review the lineup for their October 13 concert. Photo supplied by the Orillia Silver Band.

The Orillia Silver Band will be performing a benefit concert for Hillcrest Lodge on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Centre (United Church), 62 Peter St. N., Orillia.

Tickets: $20; $10 students/children available at the door. With this concert, the Band will headline the Saturday night Orillia Jazz Festival.

Hillcrest Lodge is a charitable organization that provides an affordable housing solution for low-income Orillia and area seniors in need. Providing quality housing, safety, food program and community living to seniors that might otherwise be at risk, Hillcrest Lodge sets a new standard of living for our valued seniors.

Along with their own safe and comfortable home, seniors have on-site access to Helping Hands and other necessary resources to ensure the fundamental requirements for good health.

Created in 2008, Hillcrest Lodge is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

“When we started the Lodge ten years ago, it was the only one of its kind in Canada,” said Cam Davidson, president of Hillcrest’s board of directors. Proceeds from the concert will go directly into maintaining the Lodge.

“Hillcrest Lodge is not a care facility and, as such, does not receive ongoing funding from government,” Davidson explained. “Without the community’s support, such as attending this benefit concert, we would not be able to provide this community to these vulnerable seniors.”

The Orillia Silver Band will kick off the concert with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Procession of the Nobles. Through the course of the evening, the concert will feature three of the Band’s soloists:

  • Laura Christie on Trombone performing Newsome’s Tenor Trombone Rag;
  • Fran Harvey on Cornet playing Siebert’s The Lazy Trumpeter; and
  • Paul Rayment on Euphonium offering Herbert L. Clarke’s From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific.

“The Band is also delighted to be part of the Orillia Jazz Festival and will perform a number of works with a swing jazz theme,” according to Conductor Neil Barlow. Brazil’s Zequinha de Abreu’s wrote Tico Tico in 1917; the piece has been recorded several times by Ethel Smith, The Andrews Sisters and Carmen Miranda.

The Band will perform a couple of Glenn Miller stand-outs -- American Patrol and Pennsylvania 6-5000 – and a medley of Henry Mancini’s hits including The Pink Panther, Moon River and Peter Gunn. Philip Sparke’s California brass band test piece, Fiesta de la Vida, has a lively Latin style that pays tribute to the state’s Mexican roots.

And if that’s not enough, the Band will be releasing a new Christmas CD at the Concert. Christmas Time is Here with the Orillia Silver Band was recorded last March at St. James’ Anglican Church in Orillia.

The CD features both new and classic Christmas works that have proved popular at our Christmas events. The title track, from A Charlie Brown Christmas, was written by the great American jazz pianist, Vince Guaraldi. The CD will be on sale for $15. Plan to start your Christmas shopping early; it will make a great stocking stuffer for music lovers.

So please join us at the concert and support Hillcrest Lodge. You’re sure to be entertained!