Whitney Rowe excited for west coast performances

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Whitney Rowe, a native of Corner Brook, is looking forward to coming to the west coast and performing in “Holiday Pops” as a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.


CORNER BROOK  For Whitney Rowe, performing in front of her family as a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra will be a treat for herself and she believes for them too.

The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Marc David, and ECMA nominated singer Eleanor McCain welcome the holiday season with the orchestra’s first ever Holiday Pops concerts in Stephenville and Corner Brook in mid-December.

Rowe is a percussionist with the orchestra and is just thrilled to be coming to the west coast to perform and after the shows spend time at home with family through most of the Christmas season.

She said the orchestra just finished up a Christmas concert last week at Cochrane Street Church in St. John’s and now they’re getting geared up for the western Newfoundland performances.

Born and raised in the Humber Heights area of Corner Brook, Rowe attended Presentation Junior High before going on to graduate from Regina High School.

She said it was her brother Aaron Rowe who got her into playing drums after listening to him playing and thinking it would be a fun thing to do. At the age of just 10 years she starting taking drum set lessons with Tommy Murphy, which continued for eight years, up to her graduation from university.

Rowe started playing with as many bands as she could, including school concert band, the jazz band and even garage bands. Her convocation from Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Grenfell Campus took place in 2010 after completing an undergrad in music and a Bachelor of Music in Education in her final year.

Now a resident of St. John’s, she has a varied musical background and in addition to playing with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Rowe is a music teacher, a member of The Scruncheons — formerly Scruncheons Percussion Ensemble, a Memorial University of Newfoundland based group — and a member of Hear/Say, a downtown St. John’s hip-hop group.

Her partner, Keith Harding is also a member of that group and plays with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra from time to time. The two did their percussion undergrad program together.

Whitney is the daughter of Lorraine Rowe, who is originally from Gander; and Hubert Rowe, who was an educator at G.C. Rowe Junior High School in Corner Brook for many years.

“I’m so looking forward to Christmas in Corner Brook as there’s no other place like it, especially with my entire family there,” she said.

With the Holiday Pops show, the orchestra is being joined by special guests Caroline Schiller and the Bay of Islands Musical Arts Chorus.

McCain, who has several albums to her credit, will present a program of holiday favourites from her recent Holiday CD.

Holiday Pops takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre and Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre. Both concerts begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at the Arts and Culture Centre Box Office and online at artsandculturecentre.com.

Organizations: Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Cochrane Street Church Regina High School The Scruncheons G.C. Rowe Junior High School Stephenville Arts Arts and Culture Centre Box Office

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Stephenville, Mid-December.Rowe Newfoundland Humber Heights Gander Bay of Islands Musical Arts Chorus.McCain

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