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Symphony Speakeasy a success again

Jack Evans/For The Intelligencer 

Published on: March 7, 2019 | Last Updated: March 7, 2019 11:23 AM EST

The second annual Speakeasy, a 1920’s themed gala for Quinte Symphony, was another huge success, raising several thousand dollars for the financially beleaguered orchestra.
Held in The Belleville Club Feb. 23, the event drew a capacity crowd of around 80, plus a cluster of volunteers and several musical groups who spelled each other off with period music. Many of the guests attended in Roaring Twenties costumes, with prizes awarded for best costumed man and woman.
Silent auction items included original paintings, a violin, craft items and gift certificates and drew lively bidding. Also, some 10 items were up for live auction, including a $750 voucher for a Canadian hotel stay, donated by Williams Hotels. Those items too drew lively bidding.
At one point, orchestra president Debbie Shaw announced a donation of $500 if it could be matched. That, too, drew quick support, plus some other donations.
The menu included a wide range of finger foods, from deluxe sandwiches to meat balls and chicken wings plus sweet treats.
The mini-gala event, with tickets at just $25, is expected to be repeated next year.


The joint presentation by the Belleville Choral Society and Quinte Symphony of Handel’s immortal “The Messiah” oratorio in Bridge Street Church Sunday afternoon was far more than just a concert. It was an inspiring experience. It began with the audience, with lineups outside the church and crowding in to overflowing, requiring dozens of extra chairs to be set up hurriedly.
Then the performance, with exciting soloists, precision choral and orchestral work and an obvious thrust to put meaning into the words, not just sing them, created a pre-Christmas mood of inspiration.

Image: Jack Evans/For The Intelligencer Conductor Dan Tremblay, centre, goes on stage to congratulate “Messiah” soloists (left to right) soprano Larissa Koniuk, mezzo soprano Stephanie Tritchew, tenor Graham Thomson and bass baritone, Geoffrey Sirett. Members of the Belleville Choral Society are in the background.



It was a packed house at the National Air Force Museum in Quinte West, Sunday afternoon, for Quinte Symphony’s 4th Annual Tribute To The Brave with the 8 Wing Concert Band and 8 Wing Pipes & Drums.