HUNTSVILLE – Twinkling stars are generally hard to capture, but this Sunday a number of stars will be bright and centre stage dazzling an audience with their musical prowess.
Philip Kashap and his students at the Huntsville Suzuki School of Music are busy preparing for their upcoming concert on Dec. 16.
/ Mandi Hargrave
Students from the Huntsville Suzuki School of Music will be performing in a Twinkling Stars concert this Sunday, Dec. 16, playing traditional Christmas carols as well as music from the Suzuki repertoire that suits the season, such as pieces from Bach and Handel.
The students will be playing the violin, cello or viola while accompanied by pianist Kristine Knight.
“It’s a beautiful, uplifting concert,” said Philip Kashap, the new artistic director at the school. “It’s going to be one of the highlights of the Christmas season.”
Kashap began teaching at the school in September after Linda Drennan retired in June. He said the concert is a way to let people know the school is still going as some thought the school closed with Drennan’s retirement. He hopes to grow the student base.
Kashap held similar Christmas concerts at his school in Saskatoon and looks forward to making it a tradition here. His school out west was much larger with seven teachers and more than 120 students.
“We would have big, elaborate concerts at Christmas,” he said. “When they said ‘usually here we just have a little get together,’ I said no, we have to do something bigger than that. I like thinking big in that way. I like the ‘go big or go home.’”
He said the classical music pieces will not only sound beautiful, but the setting will be beautiful as the concert takes place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
“It’s going to be inspiring to listen to and to see,” said Kashap.
Admission is by donation, with funds going toward the school, which is a registered charity. Kashap said people are encouraged to come and pay what they can afford.
The concert takes place at 6:30 p.m. with musical guests The Larks, a female choir.