The Kiwanis Club of Sudbury hosts its 75th anniversary gala and silent auction on Oct. 21.
Those in attendance will be treated to a musical evening wherein many of the night’s performers made their musical debut at the annual student music competition sponsored by the club.
“More than 200 musicians and singers will perform a special evening of music on Saturday, October 21 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Sudbury,” a press release states.
Formerly call the Kiwanis Music Festival, the event was rebranded as the Sudbury Music Festival in 2021.
“Guest artist violinist Jeremy Bell has performed as soloist with orchestras across North America, and is the curator for the World Concert Artist series at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo,” the release states. “He grew up in Sudbury and studied with Metro Kozak, former conductor of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra for eight years.”
Other featured guest artists also have Sudbury roots:
- International recording artist Joey Niceforo is an original member of The Canadian Tenors and is now a solo artist;
- Christian Overton is one of the most in-demand trombonists and composers in Toronto;
- Pianist Kassandra-Anne Demers is a Cambrian College alumnus;
- Violist Jamie Arrowsmith is the resident conductor of the Sudbury Symphony and respected string educator;
- Classical guitarist Allan Yzereef is an original member of the Guitars Alive Trio.
Local community ensembles that will delight audiences at the concert include The Bel Canto Chorus, Sudbury Chamber Singers, Young Sudbury Singers, Sudbury Youth Orchestra and Nickel City Wind Ensemble.
"The organizing committee is certain there has never been a concert in Sudbury quite like this one. Our talented musicians are second to none," says Ralph McIntosh, chair of the Sudbury Music Festival board.
The concert will be held at the Fraser Auditorium at Laurentian University. The silent auction will open at 6 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.