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Painting by Bert Weir, 001876, oil on canvas 36" x 36" 2009
SUMMER  SOLSTICE  CELEBRATION

Painting by Bert Weir, 001876, oil on canvas 36" x 36" 2009

Friday June 21st 2024
Foley Community Hall and Fairgrounds
60 Rankin Lake Rd, Foley, ON
Celebrate National Indigenous Day and Summer Solstice
with Whispering River Music in Cultural workshops
and a respectful outdoor Gathering honouring the sacred traditions of
the Ojibwe, Métis, and Settlers from all parts of the world.

1:30pm to 3:30pm - CULTURAL WORKSHOPS

Foley Community Hall

All ages and musical levels welcome from complete beginners to advanced players! Once you've registered, you can attend to any of these workshops. Full workshop schedule to come. 
Limited to 40 participants.

  • Métis Fiddling

  • Métis Beading and Crafts

  • Métis Jigging

  • Ojibwe Teachings

  • Beginner Strings - Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass (instruments included) 

4pm - SUMMER SOLSTICE CONCERT

WRM Community Outdoor Stage at the Foley Fairgrounds

Special Guests:

Laval Williams of Little Creek Traditional Drum

Jacinthe Trudeau, Metis Fiddler

Whispering River Orchestra

PROGRAM

Ceremonial Opening

Fanare de chasse by Gioachino Rossini

Métis Fiddle Songs - Jiggers are invited to participate!

Symphony No. 25 in G Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Allegro con brio

  • Andante

  • Menuetto and Trio

  • Allegro 

Inter-tribal Round Dances

Métis Fiddle Songs - Jiggers are invited to participate!

Urban Haiku & Senryu by Regina Haris Baiocchi

Canoe Song Connections - Special Performance of V'la l'bon Vent and Original Compositions by students of Humphrey Public School, École publique aux Quatre-Vents, and Whitestone Lake Public School 

Dance with Me Phylis by Jacinthe Trudeau (arr. Brenda Margaret Muller)

Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók

  • Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)

  • Brâul (Sash Dance)

  • Pe loc (In One Spot)

  • Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)

  • Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)

  • Mărunțel (Fast Dance)

5:30pm - COMMUNITY BBQ

Foley Fairgrounds

We are looking for volunteers for our Community BBQ!

Please Contact us at whisperingriverorchestra@gmail.com or call 705-996-0736 if you would like to volunteer.

Hours available for high school students.

About our Guests

Little Creek Trad Drum

Little Creek Traditional Drum

Laval Williams is the Caretaker of the Little Creek Traditional Grandfather Drum which resonates the Heartbeat of Mother Earth. 

Jacinthe Trudeau

Jacinthe Trudeau and Jeff Wiseman

Jacinthe Trudeau's love affair with music began the very first time a small violin was placed in her hands. She was six years old at the time. Being a warm, honest, positive, sweet, uncomplicated person, she became a masterful musician with a thorough understanding of her instrument. There doesn’t seem to be a musical style with which Jacinthe doesn’t feel at home. She currently resides in Sudbury where she juggles a busy schedule as a studio musician, performer and teacher. She runs her fully bilingual music studio teaching students of all ages. She is the 1996 Canadian Junior Fiddle Champion and the 1998 Canadian Fiddler Entertainer of the Year. She also has a B.Sc. specialised in Mathematics and a teachable in Music from the Laurentian University. Her first CD entitled “ECHO” won her the 2000 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Folk Album. Jacinthe performs cutting edge original music and arrangements with virtuosity and passion.  She brings her fresh and invigorating instrumental style to the stage and genuinely connects with audiences of all ages. From her soulful and expressive playing, to her own feisty compositions, Jacinthe’s love of fiddle music is evident in her playing.

Whispering River Orchestra

 

Artistic Director Brenda Margaret Muller

Oboe

Eric Chow

Patricia Morehead

Flute

Elizabeth McArton

Bassoon

Larkin Hinder

Philip Morehead

Horn

Maggie Niro

Diane Brinker

Diane Harrop

Jane Haapiseva

Violin I

David McFadden

Katja Mathys

Anna Nuedling

Veda Hingert-McDonald

Violin II

Nora Pellerin

Tristan Simm

Nancy Regan 

Kathleen Moquin

Emma Vachon-Tweney

Viola

Alex Andrews

Brain Oxley

Sofiia Livinska

Peter Culjak

Cello

Brenda Margaret Muller

Shannon Lai

Linda Gibson

Judith White

Vi Detlor

Bass

Val Wilshynsky

Zach Louch

A glance of our last year's Solstice Celebration Concert

See You There!

Foley Community Hall:

60 Rankin Lake Road, Foley, ON

Foley Fairgrounds and WRM Outdoor Stage:

Behind Foley Community Hall

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A Special Thank You to

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For providing accommodation for our musicians 

and

Linda Gibson and our volunteers

for their continual support through our Beer Cans and Bottle Drive! 

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