VIDEO: Fabulous dancing, singing, and instrumental music wind up 70th Cowichan Music Festival

With astonishing demonstrations of their talents, a group of Valley performers wound up the 70th annual Cowichan Music Festival with a Highlights Concert on Wednesday, March 6.

The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre resounded with applause as dancers, singers, pianists, instrumental musicians, and musical theatre performers showed their stuff for a big crowd.

‘C’mon Bounce’ say members of Bryony Blake’s zumba fitness group as they present their modern stage entry.
Alison Bendell sings ‘The Love of My Life’ from ‘Brigadoon’ to open the second half of the show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Some of the Aristocats group show why ‘Everybody Wants to Be a Cat’.
‘Bring ‘Em Out’ is the title of this hip hop selection, choreographed by Hannah Schneider.
Frances Kelsey Secondary’s choir, under the direction of Michelle Weckesser, sings an arrangement of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.
In one of several musical theatre performances at the March 6 gala concert, Gillian Duta sings ‘I Know Things Now’ from ‘Into the Woods’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Costumed as Red Riding Hood, Gillian Duta presents a song from Stephen Sondheim’s musical, ‘Into the Woods’ at the second Cowichan Music Festival Highlights Concert.
Ballet dancer Hannah Burgess performs to ‘Insoucince’ by Glauznov, with choreography by Wendy Vernon. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
James Hodson plays ‘Prelude in G Minor Op. 23, No. 5’ by Rachmaninoff on the magnificent Steinway grand piano. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
James Meyer displays his talent in musical theatre, singing ‘Miracle of Miracles’ from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Long-time festival committee volunteer Jean Davis acts as emcee for the second Cowichan Music Festival Highlights Concert March 6 at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Violinist Jonah Miller plays ‘Czardas’ for the audience at the gala.
Known for throwing every part of herself into her dancing, Kassidy Beaudry performs a contemporary/ modern solo to ‘Cusp’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘I’m With You’ is the musical vehicle for Owen Hogg’s athletic lyrical jazz solo, at the final festival gala for the 2019 Cowichan Music Festival. For more from the galas, see page 14. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The contemporary dance, ‘The Consequence of Sound’, featured unique choreography by Elise Sampson. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The familiar music of ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ offers great scope for these demi-character dancers to show off their skills. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘C’mon Bounce’ is a great invitation to get moving from this talented zumba fitness group. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Bryn Posey, classical voice specialist, sings ‘Come to the Fair’, with accompaniment by Rykie Avenant.
Pianist Rykie Avenant, accompanist extraordinaire, recieves a bouquet of flowers for all her work at this year’s festival. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ballet dancer Yuri Glerup displays his style and grace in ‘Prince Alrecht’ by Adam, with choreography by Perrot Corrali. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Lil Miss C’s hip hop group strut their stuff for an appreciative audience at the second festival Highlights Concert. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Kyra Bell obviously enjoys her solo to Rhianna’s ‘S.O.S.’, choreographed by Robyn Anderson. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Traditional jazz performer Kyra Bell spins her magic on the Cowichan Theatre stage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Hannah Smith produced gales of laughter from the crowd for her comic dance to ‘Les Poissons’, choreographed by Elise Sampson. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’Les Poissons’ from ‘The Little Mermaid’ gives modern stage performer Hannah Smith a real chance to stretch herself.
Lily Killam’s contemporary dance to ‘Apparition’ from The Banshee gave her a great chance to show her acting skills as well.
‘We Will Rock You’, picking up on the popularity of the recently released Freddie Mercury movie, is a rockin’ traditional jazz dance. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

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