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Concert for the Joy of Music

The Semiahmoo Secondary Grade 12 Jazz Band, directed by Dagan Lowe, will help celebrate the Joy of Music for the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary, Nov. 8 at Coast Capital Playhouse. - Contributed photo
The Semiahmoo Secondary Grade 12 Jazz Band, directed by Dagan Lowe, will help celebrate the Joy of Music for the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary, Nov. 8 at Coast Capital Playhouse.
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Music fans will hear a first-class concert – and have a chance to give to a good cause – when the Kay Hogg Goodwill Group of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary presents the 2012 Joy of Music fundraising concert Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd.

This year's program will include the dynamic big band sound and soloists of Semiahmoo Secondary's Senior Jazz Band, the a cappella harmonies of quartet Double Deuce, and the original music of singer-songwriter-guitarist Delaney Rose.

The Semiahmoo ensemble is the award-winning music program's 'flagship' Grade 12 Jazz Band which, director Dagan Lowe notes, is a team made up of student musicians who have been working together since they were in Grade 8, and has already received numerous accolades.

"Most recently, last year, this ensemble was voted best Surrey Senior Jazz Band at the  Envision Jazz Festival, and was selected to perform in front of 7,000 people at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (in Moscow, Idaho) as an outstanding band in its category," he said.

Double Deuce, was formed in 1998 by members who had years of experience singing with other ensembles. Originally rooted in barbershop style harmony, they were inspired by audience reaction to their sound to branch out into other styles, including the updated harmonies of groups like The Four Freshmen, and the gospel sound of the Gaither Quartet.

Delaney Rose first discovered music as a singer at age six in her home province of Manitoba. The guitar became part of the picture when she found a dusty old instrument in her parents' attic, and she wrote her first song at age 13. Now with two albums to her credit (Freedom, in 2003, and Naked, 2010) she has become an accomplished singer-songwriter whose songs reflect a strong purpose and theme of healing.

All proceeds benefit medical programs and equipment. The Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary – including the Kay Hogg group, formed in 1948 – has provided over $10 million to the hospital since 1950.

For tickets ($20) call 604-536-5634.

 

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