Duncan concert to raise funds in memory of Ross Wristen

Ross Wristen touched a lot of hearts in his short life and his friends are invited to remember his kindness

Ross Wristen touched a lot of hearts in his short life and his friends are invited to remember his kindness, compassion and sense of humour in a special fundraising memorial concert Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Christian Reformed Church, starting at 7 p.m.

It is going to be a celebration of music, hosted by Mulberry Lane Music Studio, featuring choirs, ensembles, soloists, a concert band, bake sale, silent auction and more.

Wristen died in July at the age of 17 from causes related to muscular dystrophy, which he’d lived with from early childhood.

However, he lived an active life and really enjoyed music. He studied piano and voice for 13 years and played the clarinet in the Cowichan Secondary School band. Many folks will have seen him participating in the annual Cowichan Music Festival, competing in both voice and piano classes.

As is often the case, his musical experiences supported his physical and emotional health. In recognition of that, organizers are hoping their concert will raise awareness and funds for the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation as well as providing an award to be presented in Wristen’s name at the Cowichan Valley Music Festival.

Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation and the Ross Wristen Memorial Award.