Wintertide Music Festival opens tonight

Diane Crocker
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Duo Concertante, featuring Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves, will perform at the Wintertide Music Festival.

CORNER BROOK — A new winter music festival starts in the city tonight that will warm the cool air with the sounds of jazz and classical music.

The Wintertide Music Festival will feature six performances, including one for children, at four venues around the city.

The festival is being organized by Heather Tuach, a former Corner Brook woman and cellist who currently plays with the London, England-based Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

Among the performers set to perform over the six-day event is Duo Concertante.

Violinist Nancy Dahn is one part the duo.

“It’s absolutely fantastic that Heather has instigated this whole thing, you know had the gumption to do it,” said Dahn. “It’s neat to have a festival that’s in the winter. In the midst of a long winter, to have something to really look forward to.”

Dahn and partner, pianist Timothy Steeves, are especially looking forward to playing with Tuach again.

“We’re really proud of her,” she said of her former Memorial University student. “It’s a treat just to play with her now as colleagues and friends.”

It’s actually being colleagues that lead Dahn and Steeves to one another.

They met at Memorial, where both still teach.

“We had offices across the hall from each other and we started playing recitals together. And we really loved playing together.”

After playing together for a while the two became a couple. Now about 17 years, two children, several recordings and lot of performances later the duo still loves playing together.

“I think the thing that is the essence of who we are is the music,” said Dahn.

Tonight’s festival opener, Bach and the Art of Improvisation, will take place at the arts and culture centre lobby at 8 p.m.

Dahn will perform in Wintertide’s children’s concert in the atrium of city hall on Saturday at 11 a.m. On Saturday night, Dahn and Steeves will take to the stage at All Saints Anglican Church in a Duo Concertante concert at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday the duo will join with Tuach in a concert billed as Piano Trios at All Saints.

Organizations: All Saints Anglican Church

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, London, All Saints

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