MUSIC MONDAY REGIONAL CELEBRATIONS

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We are highlighting local communities throughout the country to show how music lives where you do. This year’s Regional Celebrations will showcase student ensembles, welcome special guest speakers, and demonstrate the impact of collaboration with others, all in support of music education in schools. Read about what’s happening in your part of the country and join in!

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The Coalition for Music Education in BC will host a free public concert on the steps of the BC Legislature in Victoria, to celebrate Music Monday on May 6th. This Regional Celebration will feature music ensembles with students from a number of Victoria region schools. Performing the 2019 Music Monday Anthem, Hymn To Freedom by Oscar Peterson, will include a mass ensemble led by choral conductor, Dr. Adam Con, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Victoria. Special guests will host include Minister of Education, the Honourable Mr. Rob Fleming, Kelly Peterson, the wife of Oscar Peterson, and other special guests. Please join us!

Hundreds of musicians of all ages from many schools and community groups across Brandon,MB will gather to put on our fourth annual free public concert. Brandon School Division choirs and elementary ensembles, the Brandon Conservatory Youth Choir, Suzuki Talent Education Program, and the Brandon Community Band will all be performing. For the concert finale all groups will join for a mass performance of, “Come With Us” by Manitoban composer, Michelle Pegus. This piece was originally commissioned especially for this event a number of years ago and will feature all the groups and musicians involved in the program together.

Several special guests from our community will also be in attendance and the event will once again be MC’d by Brandon’s own radio personality, Cam Clark. Some groups in attendance may also be performing separately before and/or after the concert in a variety of local venues to widen our musical reach to the community (see local listings for details).

Come be a part of this exciting partnership between multiple local musical organizations as we celebrate music and music education in our community.

The Victoria School for the Arts in Edmonton, AB will include a full day of music making and student involvement. Involving students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 as well as school alumni, this celebration will feature a variety of musical ensembles as well as a collaboration with local elementary schools. This diverse and arts focused community will open its doors to their music rooms for hosting a variety of music making activities, workshops and sing-a-longs for the whole school. A mass event with instrumental and choral music will take place in the courtyard involving a performance of the Music Monday anthem, Hymn To Freedom.

A local celebration in Yorkton, SK will host a division wide Music Monday celebration to include over 1000 band students from 19 local area schools, to celebrate the importance of music in their community. The event will take place at the Farrell Agencies Arena in Yorkton and begin at 12:30pm. The Mayor of Yorkton, Mr. Bob Maloney, will host the event, which will also include special involvement of the Yorkton Community Band, composed of adult and student musicians whose key priorities are mentorship and lifelong music learning.

On May 6th, the National Arts Centre will host a thrilling celebration of music education, in Canada’s capital city. This bilingual event will include a massed children’s choir of over 350 youth under the direction of Jackie Hawley, plus notable guest performers, speakers, and hosts. 2019 is a significant year for both the Coalition and the NAC; while we celebrate our 15th Music Monday, the National Arts Centre observes its 50th anniversary! You can join in the party from coast to coast to coast via livestream!

Oscar Peterson’s hometown will celebrate Music Monday in partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, at the stunning new Pavilion for Peace. This beautiful space will host children and youth, teachers, dignitaries, and musicians from across the island as they gather in a spirit of harmony, peace and unity. Students will share their talents by singing and playing for each other, and enjoy performances by fabulous guest artists. We are very pleased to have Céline Peterson joining our celebration, as we honour her father, and share in singing Hymn to Freedom.

The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Rooms, will host a morning of inspiring music, in Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space. Students from across St. John’s will come together to share their passion for music, and to enjoy performances by talented artists in a number of styles; from classical to Celtic, and everything in between, this event promises to be a day of learning and connection through music. The celebration will culminate with a performance of the 2019 Music Monday Anthem, Oscar Peterson’s iconic Hymn to Freedom.

The Coalition, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, will celebrate Music Monday in the rotunda at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building on May 6th. This choral celebration will involve 6 choirs spanning over two school divisions in Regina, and include over 200 choristers. The event will begin at 12:00pm and focus on the positive effects of community building with the choral community and beyond, which is a direct result of choral music as an opportunity available in schools. This special day will involve several special guests and culminate in the singing of the Music Monday anthem, Hymn To Freedom.

Hundreds of students from throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality will join together in Dartmouth for an evening of collaboration and community building through music. This special Music Monday concert held at Caledonia Junior High will feature the Halifax Regional Arts (Music East) Intermediate Concert Band, the Studio B Jazz Band, two combined bands comprised of students from local schools, and the 36 Canadian Brigade Group (Nova Scotia) Band. This is sure to be a memorable celebration of the importance of music in Canadian schools and beyond!