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Orillia Silver Band taking part in jazz festival this weekend


The Orillia Silver Band’s Randy Hoover, second from left, and Bob Cairns, right, are pictured with Hillcrest Lodge’s Cam Davidson, left, and John Bobyk. (Philip Jackman/Submitted)

The Orillia Silver Band’s Randy Hoover, second from left, and Bob Cairns, right, are pictured with Hillcrest Lodge’s Cam Davidson, left, and John Bobyk. (Philip Jackman/Submitted)

The Orillia Silver Band will perform a benefit concert Saturday for Hillcrest Lodge.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Centre, 62 Peter St. N. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the door.

Since 2008, Hillcrest Lodge on Cedar Street has set a new standard of living for low-income seniors in the area. Hillcrest’s vision is to seek out, through various social agencies, Orillia-area seniors who might be homeless or have disabilities, and provide them with a safe, secure and affordable place to live. By doing this, the senior’s dignity is restored. They are healthier and less of a burden on the health-care system. They have a community to become a part of and to interact with. And their disabilities become less important in their lives.

Hillcrest Lodge provides an affordable housing solution in Orillia and redefines life for at-risk seniors, offering assisted living to those who are not yet ready or who cannot afford long-term care. The lodge relies on partnership fundraising events such as this benefit concert, as well as the generosity of donors and support from the community, to carry on in its mission.

The Orillia Silver Band will kick the concert off with the moving Agincourt Song, an English folk song written sometime in the early 15th century. This will be followed by Donald Bridger’s march, Airborne Division.

The Orillia Silver Band will premiere a new work by Toronto-based composer and educator Ty Watson. Commissioned by the band, A Life Well Lived commemorates the long and industrious life in southern Ontario of the composer’s grandfather, Frank Watson (1915-2017). The work is written in four movements — Reflection, A Life of Adventure, A Life of Compassion, and A Life of Hope. The band recently performed another work by Watson — Juno 1944.

The band is also delighted to be teaming up with Mariposa Arts Theatre to preview its upcoming musical, Chicago. The winner of six Tony Awards, Chicago has everything that makes a Broadway musical great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, and one show-stopping song after another. Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for fame that will keep them from the gallows in the 1920s. They both enlist the help of slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turns it all into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy. Chicago is a co-production with the Orillia Opera House. Wayne Noble is director and Christina Bosco is musical director. Cast members will perform And All that Jazz from the show, accompanied by the Orillia Silver Band. Chicago runs Nov. 9 to 19 at the opera house.

The band will offer a diverse array of works during the concert, from Mario Burki’s Napoleon to the themes from hit movies including The Incredibles, and the hauntingly beautiful theme from Platoon — Adagio for Strings, by Samuel Barber.

The Orillia Silver Band will once again join in the Orillia Jazz Festival, happening this weekend. The band will perform an inspired arrangement of Don Raye’s Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, made famous by The Andrews Sisters. And the band will wrap up the show with Lew Pollack’s big-band hit, That’s a Plenty.

For more information, visit orilliasilverband.com or hillcrestlodgeorillia.wordpress.com. 

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