Chemainus Classical Concerts series will celebrate wind instruments

St. Michael's Presents Ensemble Pacifica this Sunday at 2 p.m.

Members of Ensemble Pacifica will celebrate wind instruments during a performance this Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church in Chemainus.

Members of Ensemble Pacifica will celebrate wind instruments during a performance this Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church in Chemainus.

Wind instruments were at the core of music’s historical development, yet today, the beauty of their voices is often underappreciated.

Though the works written for wind ensemble are truly wonderful, they are too seldom heard.

Founded in 2004 by John Larsen and Edith Eaton, the Ensemble Pacifica is dedicated to performing wind compositions and to bringing this genre to the attention of a larger audience.

This Sunday (March 25), select wind instrument players from Ensemble Pacifica will join pianist Julian Greenwood in spectacular performances of a quintet by W.A. Mozart and a sextet by the little-known late-Romantic composer Ludwig Thuille during “Music Known and Unknown,” a St. Michael’s Presents concert at 2 p.m. in the 1891 heritage St. Michael’s Church.

George Corwin, his passion for music well-known in our community, leads Ensemble Pacifica. As well as giving regular concerts, the group was invited to perform at the opening of the British Museum Exhibit at the Royal BC Museum. They were particularly pleased to be invited to perform at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (The Old Naval Garrison Chapel) in 2010, the 100th anniversary of our Canadian Navy.

Following the performance, stay for a delicious Meet the Artists Reception.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. They are available at Valley Vines to Wines (Mill Bay), Ten Old Books (Duncan), Ocean Soul Book Caffé (Crofton), Salamander Books (Ladysmith) and the Chemainus Festival Inn or by calling 250-748-8383. You may also buy tickets at Toad Hall Emporium (Chemainus) for $15 until one hour before concert time.

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