On line sales will be down Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 18. Sorry for an inconvenience. Please check out our exciting 15th Anniversary Season in Upcoming Events and please be back in touch Wednesday February 20.
I often get asked at the end of the summer, "so what does Westben do throughout the Fall and Winter? Per chance to dream, to sleep? Yes and well, yes! We are full of activity here at Westben. Preparations for Season 2014 - our 15th Anniversary Season, are well under way. Lots of administration business happening, preparing reports from the Season, Grant Reports, Grant Writing, Marketing for 2014 to name a few. The four Westben Choruses are auditioned and are now rehearsing for their production of Little Match Girl Messiah (November 23, 24, 30,December 1) in Brighton, Norwood and at The Barn. Nancy Elmhirst has the Westben Wind Ensemble for Youth and Adults flourishing and has created a new Instrumental Foundations group for Youth and Adults who would like to learn a new musical instrument. Westben's Not for Profit Board of Directors meets monthly and is instrumental in the development and strength of Westben. The Fundraising committee prepared an amazing dinner for the purchasers of the Live Auction Dinner this past weekend and are now looking forward to the December Soiree Fundraising Event. The Education Committee is excited about the endless possibilities and move to the new Campbellford Cultural Centre (more on this later....). Westben Members are an integral part of the Westben Family. Watch for your Members Newsletter this month. If you are not a Member already, I encourage you to consider joining. Membership
Please contact us at Westben any time if you would like more information on any of the programs or concerts, volunteering, membership, Key Note Campaign or programming suggestions.
It is Saturday, August 3rd, the sun is shining and it is a comfortable 20 degrees out side. Jayme Stone and his amazing band are on their way to Ottawa after giving an eclectic and very exciting performance at Westben last night. Any minute now Diana Panton, Guido Basso and friends will be here to set up for their 2 pm performance. Doug Keene has the grounds looking gorgeous as ever, Marilyn Keene, Becky Linton and Sandy Robertson have the volunteers organized and ready for the 340 plus patrons to arrive. Paul Hodge has the sound ready, Jim MacDonald ready to stage manage and Chantal Dignard is ready to cover the other production details. The catering team is ready to serve the artists and the Fundraising Committee is busy getting ready for tomorrow's fundraising event with Robert Michaels called Viva Italia! The Barn has been hopping with music, since the first week of June and it is hard to believe that this is our final weekend of concerts for the summer season of Stories that Sing 2013. It has been an incredible season but before I reminise I would like to encourage you to come to the remaining 2 concerts this weekend. Don't wait for another year! Â Both events still have tickets available at the door. Diana Panton and Guido Basso and Friends today, Saturday August 3 at 2 pm. Finale Fundraiser - Viva Italia! with Robert Michaels, flamenco guitar and his band Sunday, August 4 at 2 pm. See you at The Barn and please say hello!
Introduce someone new to the Westben Experience and become a Westben Ambassador!
You have experienced Westben already. You remember the sublime music wafting over the glorious meadow - sunshine, fresh country breezes, and.......smiles. You remember that Westben presents the best of music and nature together in perfect harmony. Exceptional Performances, Extraordinary Setting. Let's share Westben with others. Let's fill The Barn with friends and music! How to Enter? Let the office know that you are bringing someone new to Westben this summer and become a Westben Ambassador. Simply call or email the Westben office and give the name and contact information of the new friend you are bringing to Westben.
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My first piano teacher Emma Watson was a lovely lady who always offered her students these jelly candies on the way out the door. Hmmm they weren't my favourite but my Dad always loved them from my hidden pocket. Rick Pritchard of Peterborough truly inspired me to find new colours in music. But it was my husband and Artistic Director of Westben, Brian Finley who swept me off my feet with Chopin's Andante spianato Op. 22 some 30 years ago at the Music Gallery in Toronto. What's your piano story?