Solstice events packed the house [video]

Evening closed in early Saturday, Dec. 21 as the year turned at the winter solstice but music lovers enjoyed a special day of concerts in Mill Bay.

Aimed at brightening spirits, two special cabaret events held at Sylvan United Church drew packed houses despite the rush towards Christmas Day.

The performers included Cari Burdett (singer), Adrian Dolan (multi-instrumentalist),

Marisa Jackson (dancer), Corbin Keep (cellist), Sara Marreiros (singer), Richard Moody (violin), Alex Rempel (bass) and Marilyn Rummel (harp).

The selections ranged from popular songs to original compositions to traditional songs from many countries and included a moving dance to Schubert’s Ave Maria.

"This concert is an offering for all of us to open our hearts and allow the magic of the returning light to further awaken us," Burdett said.