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Winter Magic at Holidays with the Central Band

By Élizabeth Millaire, PSP Ottawa

The incredible talent of the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces (CBCAF) brought holiday cheers to Centrepointe Theatres in Ottawa on December 12 and 13, delighting the audience with a concert steeped in traditional Christmas chants, original performances, and a few seasonal favourites.

With her distinctive folk style, guest vocalist and Canadian music legend Loreena McKennitt, Honorary Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), enthralled concert goers with stories from her childhood in rural Manitoba and selection of holiday classics. Her first performance of the evening – a collection of solo performances with only her harp as musical accompaniment, perfectly showcased her internationally acclaimed vocal styling and talents as a classic instrumentalist. Ms. McKennitt’s enchanting voice provided the base inspiration of the concert set list this year.

The Holidays with the Central Band concert, now in its 6th year, provides the CBCAF the opportunity to share its talents with a wider audience and to thank the Defence community for their support throughout the year.

Under the direction of Captain John Fullerton, Commanding Officer and Music Director of the CBCAF, 40 musicians pipped, strummed and percussed classics such as Sleigh Ride, A Nutcracker Fantasy and White Christmas. Concertgoers also had the unique opportunity to sing alongside Ms. McKennitt in a special singalong of Christmas classics, wrapping up the festive evening with Jingle Bells.

Holidays with the Central Band also featured the amazing talents of the RCAF Pipes and Drums, Serenades of Strings, and a special performance by the second grade class of the Briargreen Public School.


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