Members of the Falls Prevention class say the 12-week course has been helpful in improving balance and avoiding falls. Back row from left Robert Heeps Cathy McIlmurray and instructor Jane Grieves. Front row from left Pam Carroll Sheila Robb and Joan Aubin. /JENN WATT Staff

Public welcome to join audience at music festival

The 2019 Haliburton Highlands Music Festival will take place on Thursday April 25 and Friday April 26 at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

The festival is a celebration of the joy of musical performance in which our local musicians of all ages perform and then are critiqued by professional musicians. There will be performances by pianists instrumentalists singers orchestras and choirs.

The general public is most welcome to attend the classes and admission is free. On Thursday instrumental and orchestral classes will be held in the morning and early afternoon and vocal and choral classes will be held from mid-afternoon through the evening. On Friday piano classes will be held in the morning through mid-afternoon and then again in the evening.

On Thursday May 2 at 7 p.m. the Highlights Concert will showcase the best performers of the festival as recommended by the adjudicators. The charge for admission for the concert is $10 per person.

This year our adjudicators are John Kraus music director and conductor of the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir soprano Maureen Ferguson and pianist Amy Boyes.

An additional feature of the festival this year is a sale of used music that will take place during the days of the festival classes. A variety of music will be available. Purchase will be by donation with proceeds going to help fund the festival. You don’t need to be attending the festival to participate – just come to the theatre’s lobby in the high school where the sale will be set up.

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We hope to see you there.