By Sulz, Dave on March 3, 2020.
The Lethbridge Community Gold Band will celebrate International Women’s Day with a concert showcasing local, regional and national talent from the wind band tradition.
The performance, set for Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at College Drive Community Church, will include guests Gillian MacKay, Cait Nishimura and the LCI Gold Symphonic Band. Joining MacKay and Nishimura on the podium are local women conductors Tanya Arnold, Karly Lewis and Karen van de Vendel.
Celebrating the role women play in the wind band world, the entire concert will feature works by women composers, many of whom are Canadian. Women represent a fraction of composers in the classical music world and, more specifically, a small percentage in the wind band tradition. The concert aims to shine a light on the role women play in wind band music through composition and conducting.
MacKay is regarded as one of Canada’s pre-eminent conductors. Originally from Lethbridge and currently a professor at the University of Toronto, she is sought after to conduct ensembles throughout Canada and the United States. Nishimura is a composer and educator based in Toronto whose compositions have been performed by bands across Canada, having one of her pieces selected as the winner of the 2017 Canadian Band Association Composition Competition.
Tickets are $15 and available online at lcbs.ca, Casa (230 8 St. S.) and at the door. Children 12 and younger attend free of charge but must have a ticket.