COLUMN: Linda Jensen — Feb. 27, 2014

Linda Jensen
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On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., the University of Saskatchewan’s Greystone Singers and the Jazz Ensemble perform a joint concert at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre.

The jazz portion of the program will consist of a wide variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire written specifically for the large jazz ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble is a 25-piece jazz orchestra that includes music and non-music majors.

In recent years this ensemble has toured Western Canada, the northern U.S., Quebec, has commissioned and premiered many new works, released five CDs in their Bumper Crop series and has performed with guest artists Allen Vizzutti, Mike Rud, Eileen Laverty, Grammy award winner Slide Hampton and Juno award winners Hugh Fraser, Jon Ballantyne and Campbell Ryga.

Their conductor, Prof. Dean McNeill,  is an award-winning Canadian trumpet player/composer who teaches brass and jazz courses at the U of S.

The Greystone Singers, conducted by Gerald Langner, is a mixed-voice choir open by audition to all University of Saskatchewan students. The choir sings varied and challenging repertoire from traditional and classical to sacred and secular, including folk songs and spirituals in a variety of languages and styles.

Since 1958 when they were first organized, nearly 2,000 young men and women have sung with this award-winning ensemble.  This choir performs at many local events, festivals and with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

They also tour  annually throughout Saskatchewan, make frequent appearances elsewhere in Canada and occasionally visit the United States, Europe, and other destinations.

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On March 7, one of Newfoundland’s favourite bands, THE ONCE, performs at the Olive and John Diefenbaker Theatre. 

The trio performs original and traditional music and are well known for their wonderful three- part harmony.  Lead singer Geraldine Hollett possesses a voice that can “still a noisy room.” She is accompanied by Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bouzouki. Their sound is a perfect blend of voice and melody.

They have released two albums and are working on their third.  They won two Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2010 (Traditional Album of the Year and New/ Emerging Artist of the Year) and were nominated in 2011 for Group Recording of the Year.

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This is a reminder for young performers (ages 5-18) to register for Search for the Stars.  The audition date is March 23.  Call the Box Office at 306-765-1270.

See you in the Theatre.

Organizations: University of Saskatchewan, E. A. Rawlinson Centre, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Olive and John Diefenbaker Theatre Group Recording Box Office

Geographic location: Western Canada, United States, Quebec Saskatchewan Europe Newfoundland

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