Windsor Symphony Orchestra

WSO brings free concert series back to Amherstburg

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

Every summer, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra takes their instruments on the road and head out to play in the fresh county air.

To kick off their 2017 Free Summer Concert Series, the WSO brought their woodwind quintet to the gazebo in King’s Navy Yard Park to play for a crowd of people. Grandparents sat on the grass with the grandchildren, families brought their kids, some people brought their dogs, and they all enjoyed the beautiful weather Saturday evening.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra played an array of songs from Mozart, to Elton John, to Amherstburg’s own Shelton Brooks, and even Johannes Brahms Saturday night in King’s Navy Yard Park.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra played an array of songs from Mozart, to Elton John, to Amherstburg’s own Shelton Brooks, and even Johannes Brahms Saturday night in King’s Navy Yard Park.

“We have been coming to Amherstburg for years now and Colleen and Richard Peddie are the generous sponsors for the event here in Amherstburg, so we are very, very grateful to them,” said Stephani Marshall, director of operations with the WSO. “We like to create a program that’s going to showcase the wonderful music that our musicians can play, but this program this year is really special. It was created by Faith Scholfield, who plays the oboe in this concert. It’s sort of a preview of the season and gives a little taste of what’s to come.”

The WSO will be playing two concerts a month from now until the end of August, and will resume their regular season in September.

Marshall explained one of the best things about the WSO is that there is truly something for everybody. This year’s season includes a number of shows, including Ode To Canada, Music of Star Wars, music from Elton John, The Marriage of Figaro, and so much more. Marshall said they try to appeal to all types of people from all walks of life.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra played an array of songs from Mozart, to Elton John, to Amherstburg’s own Shelton Brooks, and even Johannes Brahms Saturday night in King’s Navy Yard Park.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra played an array of songs from Mozart, to Elton John, to Amherstburg’s own Shelton Brooks, and even Johannes Brahms Saturday night in King’s Navy Yard Park.

“We have a lot of music for young children, we do a kids concert series all throughout our season, we reach thousands of students throughout the county with our education and outreach programs, we go to retirement communities and nursing homes,” said Marshall. “From birth to any age, we have something for everybody. I think if you look at this crowd here, you can see people bring their children, they get an ice cream, people come out with their dogs, it’s just a lovely way for everybody to get together in the community and just have a chance to enjoy the weather.”

To learn more about their Free Summer Concert Series, or about their 2017-2018 regular season, visit www.windsorsymphony.com.

The next summer concert in Navy Yard Park is July 22 at 7 p.m.

Belle Vue Conservancy presents WSO concert proceeds to Amherstburg Community Foundation

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Belle Vue Conservancy raised $5,359 from last month’s concert featuring the Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s string musicians and that money has been transferred to the Amherstburg Community Foundation.

The foundation, the charitable arm of the town, received the cheque last Thursday morning with director of corporate services/treasurer Justin Rousseau and Libro Centre manager of recreation services Rick Daly accepting on behalf of the town.

Carolyn Davies, vice president of the Belle Vue Conservancy and a main organizer of the concert, thanked the WSO for coming to Amherstburg and also thanked those in the community who supported it.

“It was a sold out crowd and I was delighted the community supported it,” said Davies. “We had amazing support from our sponsors and patrons.”

Davies said the Dalhousie St. historic site has been “awaiting restoration since 2003” and believe it will be an economic driver for Amherstburg, much in the same way it was when it was originally constructed in 1816-19.

“It’s come full circle,” she said.

Members of the Belle Vue Conservancy present the proceeds from the recent Windsor Symphony Orchestra concert to the Amherstburg Community Foundation last Thursday morning.

Members of the Belle Vue Conservancy present the proceeds from the recent Windsor Symphony Orchestra concert to the Amherstburg Community Foundation last Thursday morning.

Linda Jackson, who leads the conservancy’s corporate outreach, believed a restored Belle Vue “is going to become an integral to the Amherstburg community.” She believed it would drive tourism as well as attract historians and genealogists to the area.

“Let’s call it what it is,” she added. “It’s a 200-year-old national historic site.”

Jackson also pointed out the work being done by conservancy member Paul Hertel, as Hertel is researching the World War I veterans that stayed there when it was a veterans home.

“We are certainly looking forward to all of the discoveries (Hertel) is making,” said Jackson.

Rousseau thanked the conservancy for its work and for their efforts in realizing their dream of restoring the home.

“It’s very much appreciated,” he said.

The town of Amherstburg agreed to purchase the home last September.

WSO entertains sold out crowd at Belle Vue fundraiser

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Belle Vue Conservancy’s fundraising attempts took a step forward last Thursday night with the aid of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO).

The WSO’s string orchestra was at Christ Church where 135 people enjoyed the nine selections performed by the musicians.

“We’re really fortunate that everyone has backed us,” said Belle Vue Conservancy president Shirley Curson-Prue. “People are understanding what we want to do.”

The WSO string orchestra performs at Christ Church April 27. It was a fundraiser presented by the Belle Vue Conservancy.

The WSO string orchestra performs at Christ Church April 27. It was a fundraiser presented by the Belle Vue Conservancy.

As the concert approached, the ticket sales began to pick up as did the sponsorships. The concert raised over $5,350.

“The momentum is growing, which is good,” said Curson-Prue.

The Belle Vue Conservancy is attempting to raise $1 million during the first phase of its fundraising efforts as initial work has to be done to secure the 200-year-old home’s foundation, roof and eavestroughs. They are hopeful of landing matching federal grant money as well.

The Belle Vue Conservancy has raised approximately $84,500 including in-kind contributions. Their next fundraiser is the “Birdies and Bogies for Belle Vue” golf tournament, scheduled for May 13 at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor. It is a 1 p.m. scramble start and the cost is $150 per person. Curson-Prue said they had about 90 golfers registered as of last Thursday night.

The WSO string orchestra performed an hour-long concert April 27 as a fundraiser for the Belle Vue Conservancy. The concert was at Christ Church on Ramsay St.

The WSO string orchestra performed an hour-long concert April 27 as a fundraiser for the Belle Vue Conservancy. The concert was at Christ Church on Ramsay St.

Those interested can call Meg Reiner at 519-890-4425, e-mail Megreiner9@gmail.com or download a registration form at www.bellevueconservancy.com.

Conservancy vice president Carolyn Davies told the audience at Christ Church that their attendance “sets us on a path for the goal of restoration” and also read greetings from Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, who was announced as being unable to attend due to a death in his family.

Rev. Bill Strang said there are similarities between Christ Church and Belle Vue. He said Robert Reynolds, who built Belle Vue between 1816-19, also donated bricks towards the construction of Christ Church, which opened in 1819.

The WSO string orchestra performed an hour-long concert last Thursday night as a fundraiser for the Belle Vue Conservancy. The concert was at Christ Church on Ramsay St.

The WSO string orchestra performed an hour-long concert last Thursday night as a fundraiser for the Belle Vue Conservancy. The concert was at Christ Church on Ramsay St.

“The ties between Belle Vue and Christ Church go back a long way,” said Rev. Strang.

The town of Amherstburg purchased the building last year for $1.1 million – $100,000 down and $200,000 paid annually interest-free over a five-year period – along with a $200,000 donation receipt. The Belle Vue Conservancy is the body attempting to raise the funds for the restoration and the public is asked to donate either through the conservancy’s website or at www.amherstburg.ca/donate.

The group also has a Facebook page found at www.facebook.com/bellevueconservancy and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BelleVuematters.