Filled with music and story, CCPA’s Concert of Remembrance is a moving tribute, which resounds ‘from the frontline to the homefront’.
October 20, 2022
For Immediate Release
VICTORIA, BC: The Canadian College of Performing Arts is proud to take the stage once again, with partners The District of Oak Bay and the Band of the 5th (BC) Field Regiment for a public Concert of Remembrance.
Taking place in-person and available online, at 7:30pm on November 9 at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High School, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. It will feature a performance from all the College’s Diploma and Certificate Program preceded by the Band of the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.
A longstanding tradition offered annually to parishes, legions and senior groups, this year’s concert has been drawn from the real-life letters of Private John Bapst Cronin. “In sharing one soldier’s personal experience, from over a hundred years ago, the students honour the individual struggles and sacrifice of all who have been called to serve.” Says Managing Artistic Director, Caleb Marshall, who compiled and arranged the presentation with Vocal Ensemble Instructor, and director Meredith Zwicker, that will include a tapestry of classic wartime musical favourites, text and dialogue that combine to tell an impactful story. Marshall adds “One of The College’s founding principles is community rooted volunteerism and this is a way for our students to not only respect and honour those who have given so much for our freedom but also collaborate with a highly respected Military Band while actively giving back to our community.”
This will be the fourth collaboration between the Band and the College since 2018, having been interrupted by the pandemic in 2020. “We tip our hats to the Municipality of Oak Bay and to the indefatigable team at CCPA for their efforts to mount this concert and to include us every year. We hope we never have to miss another one.” says Capt. Daniel A. Moses, CD, the Band’s Director of Music. “This year is the 80th anniversary of Operation Jubilee, or the Dieppe Raid, so at this concert, we will be remembering the 916 Canadians whose lives were lost during the Allies’ ten hour raid on the beach at Dieppe on August 19, 1942. Though the loss of life that day was predominantly Canadian, lessons were learned by the Allies that saved thousands of lives two years later at the storming of the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, turning the tide of WWII.”
Tickets to the performance are by donation with proceeds benefiting the Military Family Resource Centre, and the Canadian Heritage Arts Society. Tickets are available at tickets.ccpacanada.com.
“Thank you CCPA and the Band of the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery for helping us achieve our vision for proud, self-reliant military families thriving in a supportive community.” Says Jackie Carlé, Executive Director at the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre. “Throughout the pandemic our military members have been asked to answer the call of duty and have continued to deploy away from their loved ones. They have deployed at sea, on land, and on air missions. They have provided support to long term care facilities in Canada. They have stood “ready, aye ready”. With the funds raised at this event we will be able to support those on the home front and address the unique challenges of being part of a military family.” For more information, please see: esquimaltmfrc.com.
What: Concert of Remembrance
Who: The Canadian College of Performing Arts’ Year II students
When: Wednesday, November 9 2022 at 7:30PM
Where: Dave Dunnet Theatre, at Oak Bay High School, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd and available online.
ABOUT THE BAND
The Band of the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery is a unit of the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Armed Forces and is the only Reserve brass-reed band on Vancouver Island. It has the distinction of being the oldest continually-operational military band west of Thunder Bay, Ontario, dating back to 1864.
The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) offers quality training in a broad spectrum of skills which will prepare the students for careers in the performing arts locally, nationally, and internationally. The College provides a stimulating, positive, and constructive environment where students are encouraged to develop high standards of work ethics and conduct which will serve them in any field of endeavour in the future. CCPA offers three post-secondary training programs for performing arts aligned with the needs of the industry. These unique and intensive programs attract artists from across Canada and around the world. CCPA alumni are pursuing successful careers on major stages across Canada in New York and London, as well as film, television and the recording industry. For more information about CCPA please visit their website at: www.ccpacanada.com
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