3 winners headline Cowichan Consort concerto concert

Mai Ikemura is the Intermediate Winner of the Concerto Contest and will be performing at the annual concerto concert. (submitted)
Ayari Kasukawa is the Senior Winner of the Concerto Contest. (submitted)
Keisha McKay is the Junior Winner of the Concerto Contest. (submitted)
Mai Ikemura, Intermediate Winner of the Concerto Contest. (submitted)

The Cowichan Consort Orchestra is presenting its annual concerto concert on March 7 in Duncan.

This “Featuring Our Youth” concert will have the three winners from the Consort’s annual Concerto Competition performing in concert with the Orchestra.

Junior winner Keisha McKay, 14, will play the famous Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor first movement, Mai Ikemura ,15, Intermediate winner will play the Martinu Rhapsody for Viola Concerto, and Senior Winner Ayari Kasukawa, 20, will play the Concerto for alto saxophone by Glazunov.

The choir from École Mt. Prevost will be also be featured, singing a song from Les Choristes and a song from The Mission, ‘Nella Fantasia-Gabriel’s oboe’ taught by teacher Odette Williams.

The concert will be conducted by guest conductor Nathan Jacklin, a cellist and string teacher at Oak Bay High School.

Concerto Competition chairperson Alice Sinclair was delighted that this year the orchestra will be awarding three bursaries on behalf of the Consort Orchestra and Choir. Consort president Rob Fox, French horn player, said “it was a strong contingent of contestants this year and we are delighted to present music by these three fine young musicians to our Cowichan Valley audience.”

Tickets are available from Volume One Bookstore on Kenneth Street, from members, or at the door. Adults tickets are $20, and students under 21 get in for $10.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Rd., Duncan.

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