The Cascadia Wind Ensemble holds a concert called Cascadia Goes Country on Sunday, June 9 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. (Abbotsford News file photo)

The Cascadia Wind Ensemble holds a concert called Cascadia Goes Country on Sunday, June 9 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Cascadia Goes Country for concert in Abbotsford

Award-winning wind ensemble plays Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Sunday, June 9

The Cascadia Wind Ensemble, fresh from winning gold at the recent KPU International Music Festival, presents a concert in Abbotsford on Sunday, June 9.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser Way) and is the final of the 2018/19 season for the group.

Cascadia Goes Country features music from cowboy movies, including Silverado, Magnificent Seven and The Cowboys.

The wind ensemble was awarded a gold standing in the KPU (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) music festival on May 16.

The annual festival draws musicians from Canada and the U.S.

The 35-member ensemble performed three selections showcasing the talents and capabilities of the group, who range in ages from teens to seniors.

The adjudicators commented on the exceptional musical presentation by the ensemble.

One of the festival selections, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, will be showcased at the Abbotsford concert. There will even be some Willie Nelson songs.

Tickets are $18 general, $13 for seniors and students, and $40 for a family. They are available at the door, at King’s Music in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, and online at eventbrite.ca.

The Cascadia Wind Ensemble was formed as a non-profit society in 2013 by Shannon Goldsmith to give adult and youth musicians an opportunity for performance of great concert band repertoire.

The ensemble is made up of musicians from across the Fraser Valley.

The ensemble was also awarded a gold standing and trophy for Outstanding Community Band at the 2017 Kiwanis Fraser Valley International Music Festival.

Visit cascadiawindensemble.org for more information.

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