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Dec
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Season 2015 around the corner and I hear an instrument on the roof

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Is it a plane, a drum, a bird, a violin, a banjo, an oboe.....well it opens 
Season 2015 at The Barn and it makes a sweet sound across the meadow and it sounds like a violin or maybe a viola.  What instrument is it and what musical is named after its player? Members will hear first next week when their Season Preview arrives.  Are you a Member?  Join the Westben Membership team and be part of what keeps great music flowing in this part of the world. http://www.westben.ca/get-involved/membership

Any guesses on what the musical is called?

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10
Nov
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"Yes, Virginia!"

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When eight-year-old daughter, Virginia O'Hanlon asked her father in 1897 whether Santa Claus really existed, he suggested she write the editor of the New York City prominent newspaper, called The Sun. He said "If you see it in The Sun, it's so."
Editor Francis Pharcellus Church's response was so thoughtful and inspiring that more than a century later this is the most reprinted editorial in an English Language newspaper.

"Dear Editor—I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?"

Virginia O'Hanlon
115 West Ninety Fifth Street

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07
Nov
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New House Concert Series at the Clock Tower

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Westben is thrilled to be a partner with the Municipality of Trent Hills in bringing the recently renovated Clock Tower Cultural Centre to life with culture and activities.  The doors are open for other arts groups to use the facitlity as well.  Let's get this place flowing with lots of new cultural activities!  The Municipality did a beautiful job in renovating and Ken Travelyan's design created a large room on the main floor with beautiful accoustics.  Local Musician Ken Tizzard suggested one day to Brian Finley that the Clock would be a great place for House Concerts.  Brian agreed, I agree too, so here we go!  On November 22 at 7 pm, there will be the first "House Concert" at the Clock .  Ken, Brian and I are all working on CD,s at the moment (Ken's - No Dark, No Light and Brian's and mine "Up and Adam") so this informal House Concert will be a chance to share some of the songs and talk about the creative process.  Hope you will join us! It's a pay-what-you can event.  The doors are open! 

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05
Sep
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New Fall Series at Westben

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It's a sunny day here at Westben and I am excited that The Barn doors will be open in September for the first time in many years. The weather is always a gamble in September but actually it's a gamble any time now so when you head to The Barn, be prepared for anything and you will have a great time.

When I was a young singer graduating from U of T, there seemed to be few options for job experience as an opera singer in Canada. Everyone was auditioning for the 6 spots in COC Ensemble or Opera Atelier, Toronto Operetta Theatre and the other 6 opera companies across the country. Most singers I knew went to Europe, as I did, to get experience and then return home. Now it appears opera singers are teaming up with composers, librettists and directors here in Canada, creating small new opera companies and producing exciting new works. These singers are fit, entrepreneurial, talented and not afraid to either put a new twist on established opera such as the Against The Grain Theatre, or create new works such as Tapestry Opera. Bicycle Opera cycled to Westben this summer and filled the Clock Tower with new music, laughter and tears.
I hope you will join us September 20 at 2 pm at The Barn to experience new music with the Tapestry Opera company.

On Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm, join us as Westben and artists pay tribute to one of Canada's most established composers, R. Murray Schafer. After the concert there will be a reception with a chance to meet Murray and the artists.

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16
Jun
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Westben Fundraiser June 21 at a secret garden

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Westben Article for Community Press June 10, 2014
The Barn was electrified with Jesus Christ Superstar and the audience was on its feet dancing and clapping by the end. What a great way to start the Season! I am often asked how it all happens, how do you put on 32 concerts in one summer, how have you managed to still be here 15 years? Well, for sure, Westben has always had a strong vision, developed and supported by a wide range of community members. Community at Westben is certainly geographic with participants, volunteers and audience members from Trent Hills, and surrounding counties of Northumberland, Quinte, Hastings and Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Westben community also means the coming together of artists from across Canada, exploring new music and ensembles together. Westben has Members, Sponsors and government grants with ticket sales support the organization. However, an important piece of the organization is the Annual Fundraiser. The fundraising committee works tirelessly for a year planning and preparing for this annual event. This year the fundraiser has been moved from the end of the season to the June 21 and will be held at a secret location, a home, near Warkworth. (Of course the location is disclosed at time of ticket purchase). It will be a truly fun and unique afternoon. Enjoy a preview of the upcoming Westben season with musical entertainment in a fabulous garden setting. Stroll among the perennial borders or relax and enjoy the glorious vistas – there will be musical inspiration around every corner. Imagine listening to tenor Mark Dubois in a garden while over-looking the hills of Northumberland. Wander the gardens and experience Jazz near the pond, or a string quartet near the woods. In true Westben style there are sure to be some surprises along the way as well. Spectacular musical entertainment, delicious food, magnificent garden views and a Silent Auction – all in support of the Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Call for tickets 877 883 5777 or visit www.westben.ca. If you are looking forward to Phantom of the Opera this summer at Westben then come to the Fundraiser and here the Phantom in a unique and intimate setting. Remember he is the Angel of Music.

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