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70th Kiwanis Music Fest opens

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

The tradition continues!


The 70th annual Kiwanis Music Festival kicked off Monday morning at Festival Hall, marking the beginning of weeks of competition in the categories of vocal, strings, entertainment, piano and dance.

Raghavan Vijay, who with Pembroke Kiwanis Club president Doug Fee are serving as co-chairmen of the music festival, said the event will serve as a showcase of the talents of more than 400 participants.

"This is still considered our signature achievement of the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke," he said, “and it follows our mandate of putting children first.”

Through encouraging and cultivating the talents of young people, it leads them on the path to becoming better citizens, Vijay said, which gives everyone much to celebrate.

Vijay said the Kiwanis Club invites those attending the festival to meet the organizers, volunteers, music teachers, donors and patrons, “who have, with love, commitment, dedication, kindness and generosity, been able to make this event happen.”

“We sincerely thank the students, the teachers, the parents and donors for their unique contributions towards this cultural event,” he said.

Festival Hall will be the centre of activity during the festival, which has been running annually since 1949. Each of the music festival sessions is overseen by a separate adjudicator, who evaluates all of the performances.

The festival gets underway with the piano session (Feb. 12-15) adjudicated by Susanne Hughes, who has returned to Pembroke.

The dance session (Feb. 20, Feb. 22-23), is being adjudicated by Annie Chen.

The instrumental session (Feb. 27-28) is being adjudicated by John Kraus.

The strings session (Mar. 1) is being adjudicated by Martha Gregory.

Wrapping up the competition is the vocal session (Mar. 5 to Mar. 8), adjudicated by Brent Thiessen,

It will last until the first week of March. The event wraps up March 22 with the Festival of Stars, a grand finale of music and dancing performed by the top performers of the Kiwanis Music Festival. 

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