Parry Sound’s musical hot streak appears to be a permanent state of affairs, the most recent evidence being the wonderful concert presented by the Parry Sound School of Music this last Sunday at the Stockey Centre. Maia Vimboule, the de facto matriarch of music in Parry Sound, was, as usual, in charge, doubling as hostel and accompanist. The woman’s energy and musicianship have, over the past ten years, become legendary. Her affection for Parry Sound was fully reciprocated by a well-filled house that surged to its feet in applause at the program’s conclusion.
Since this is a letter and not a full-length concert review, I should single out individual performers. I will say this, however: All the musicians acquitted themselves with distinction in a mix ranging from small beginners to some of Maia’s most accomplished graduates, giving the audience a sense of the musical education process.
And there is more to come, although by the time you read this, it too will have gone past. I speak (or write) of the upcoming concert at St. James’ Church by the Parry Sound Choral Collective and Community Band on Tuesday night. These concerts are not mere hors d’oeuvres in advance of the Festival of the Sound, but fully-fledged enterprises that deserve, and are getting, full support from an enthusiastic community.
Thanks to all our wonderful musicians from the rest of us.