Kitchener, ON – THEMUSEUM Community Stage is excited to present a day filled with holiday music, this Saturday. Two performances will be held in the Grand Atrium of THEMUSEUM this Saturday featuring two unique musical groups. The KW Community String School and The Gemsmen will both be performing old favourites and traditional holiday music for visitors.
As a part of their Christmas Outreach Program students from the KW Community String School will be performing a variety of holiday music, exhibiting all their hard work and practice this past year. The performance will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday in THEMUSEUM’s Grand Atrium. The concert will feature local students’ aged 5-18 playing violin, viola and cello. Visitors will enjoy holiday favourites such as Frosty the Snowman and Sleigh Ride as well as classic pieces from the Nutcracker Suite.
Later in the day, at 1:30, enjoy a Merry (Medieval) Christmas performance by The Gemsmen. This medieval gemshorn quartet is made up of four Toronto musicians: Dean Burry, Ken Hall, Trevor Rines, and Hall Train. Enjoy your holiday favourites performed with a twist from the middle ages.
The Gemsmen play gemshorns, which are an instrument of the ocarina family. With similarities to the familiar sounds of Zelda, the quartet plays traditional pieces as well as covers of modern songs. The Game of Thrones theme song has been covered by many but none capture the medieval spirit like the Gemsmen rendition. This genre of music is called Early Music, which is generally European music that was written between 1250 and 1750 and captures the essence of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.
Performances by The Gemsmen and the KW Community String School are a part of THEMUSEUM Community Stage. “We are more than proud to be able to use our space for events that put the spotlight on local talent,” says David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “It’s going to be a great day of music and an opportunity to see just a bit of the brimming local talent.”
All floors and exhibitions in THEMUSEUM will be open at 10:00 am before performances begin on Saturday December 20th. Performances are at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm and are included in the cost of admission. For more information please visit THEMUSEUM.ca