The Cochrane Music Society ensembles are eager to present their first indoor concert since 2019 this Saturday.
They'll be presenting "River Town Jubilee" at the Bow Valley Baptist Church at 7 p.m.
Band director Adam Mailman says the Band on the Bow concert band has chosen music with themes of inspiration, renewal, and celebration as we emerge from the pandemic.
Among the pieces being performed is a brand new composition by Katherine Bergman which she wrote to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
"It's an interesting and challenging piece, and I think it's the Canadian premiere," says Mailman. "Something we like to do is support new music."
They'll be performing the concert's title piece, River Town Jubilee, composed by Steve Danyew.
"It's written to celebrate what life in a town by the river could be like and encapsulates what a community celebration could sound like, and stand for. It's an awesome piece of music, and I like it a lot."
Among the other numbers is a medley of music from the greatest movies prior to 1986.
The overarching message of the Choral Waves choir music is peace. They are performing songs in a variety of languages including Hebrew, Romanian, Swahili, Zambian, and English – all centered around peace and how it can unify us in body and spirit – sharing it with one another in all circumstances, be they joyful, playful, thoughtful, or sorrowful.
"They're doing something cool right at the beginning of the concert," says Mailman. "I won't tell you what it is, but they've got a big plan for a showpiece that's going to surprise people."
Every Riverside Jazz performance is a little bit of a history lesson. Their jazzers are playing music by great writers from Count Basie to Phil Collins.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and admission is free for children 12 and under. They can be purchased online here or at the door.
Nonperishable food donations will also be collected at the door in support of the local food bank.