From ragtime and blues, to folk and Celtic melodies, Langley Community Music School (LCMS) opens the stage to two year-end concerts next week.
The first is the year-end jazz concert on Monday, May 11, followed by the fiddlers concert on Wednesday, May 13 â€“ both at 7:30 p.m.
The jazz concert will feature an array of jazz styles from multiple decades performed by the LCMS jazz ensemble.
Highlighting this event are the melodic voices of a five-part vocal group that includes two LCMS voice teachers â€“ choral conductor Liana Savard and singer-songwriter Alisia Lyne â€“ along with their surprise special guests.
The LCMS jazz ensemble is a group of six students (one adult and five high school students) and two of the jazz faculty, Tim Stacey and Ross Curran.
â€œThis yearâ€™s jazz ensemble is the biggest weâ€™ve had at the school,â€ said LCMS jazz teacher Ross Curran.
â€œThis well-rounded program is unique in the Lower Mainland.â€
In addition to lessons, students get to learn from working and performing with professional musicians.
The May 13 LCMS fiddlers year-end concert will â€œcelebrate the violinâ€™s cousin, the fiddle,â€ said Andrea Taylor, LCMS fiddle instructor.
â€œThe LCMS fiddlers will be reeling and jigging their way through a selection of popular traditional music, ranging from old-time and country to Celtic and Slavic.â€
Student fiddler groups will be led by LCMS fiddle instructor and recording artist Andrea Taylor, accompanied by band members Gerry Parsons on guitar, Timothy Stacey on bass, Devon Well on banjo/mandolin and Mike Michalkow on drums.
â€œBoth of these performances highlight the unique breadth of musical expertise that we foster at LCMS,â€ said LCMS principal Susan Magnusson.
â€œOur diverse programs give our students the opportunity to explore many different genres of music, while learning from great teachers.â€
Admission to both concerts is by donation.
The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207th St.
More information is available from the schoolâ€™s box office at 604-534-2848.