This year, for the first time and owing to the broad range of talent across musical genres, MAGS held two different Annual Music Concerts.
On Monday, June 24 the first contemporary music concert was held at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre.
Move Over was MC’d by two entertaining Albertians and featured a host of Jazz, Rock, Pop and R’n’B items. The audience enjoyed items by our qualifying RockQuest bands Brolo and Borderline as well as the Jazz Band and two other school-based bands.
The 50-strong Contemporary Choir showcased some beautiful voices, and there were also performances from the finalists in the Junior MAGS Idol, among other strong solo performances.
Special guest performer Albertian Matt Esekia, now in his final year of a Jazz music degree, came with another guitarist and treated the audience to a wonderful jazz version of the classic There Will Never Be Another You. The audience really enjoyed the evening and were enthusiastic in their praise.
The following night, again at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre, it was the turn of the classical musicians for Night of the Classics and the audience was treated to performances by The Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, String Orchestra and Concert Orchestra.
There were some stunning individual performances as part of the orchestras including virtuoso piano playing by student Eric Shen and the delightful Hayden Trio, and Three on Six piano trio.
The Boys Choir, under the direction of Terence Maskill, gave a stellar debut performance, and the Jazz Band provided a wonderful contrast to the classical repertoire of the evening.
Huge thanks to Ms Moon, Mr Jaffrey and Miss Yung for the time they have put into the orchestras, and to Mr Beard for being the technical liaison for both nights.