Orillia Silver Band set to return with its first public concert of 2022

“There will be something for everyone on this musical ride around the world,” says the event’s conductor at the Orillia Opera House on May 15

The Orillia Silver Band celebrates the warm season of spring with a special spring concert. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Orillia Opera House. Concert tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students/children and are available at the Opera box office.

This is the band’s first public concert since Christmas 2021. The program, titled walkaboutpromises to be a captivating look at music from around the world.

“There will be something for everyone on this musical ride around the world,” says Neil Barlow, the band’s musical director and bandleader. Selections ranging from classics to pops are all included in the playlist.

The program includes suite for brass, a beautiful four-movement arrangement of traditional British songs compiled by John Rutter. Peter Graham is exciting Seize the day is a full-throttle montage of American spirituals.

The haunting beauty of British composer Philip Sparke Aria will be performed by the group’s horn soloist, Rita Arendz. For those who have a taste for exoticism but for tradition, the famous dance music of Luigini from the Egyptian Ballet will be offered.

They will visit South America with the Argentinian melody by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Of course, the namesake of the program is included – the australian march walkabout by Ray Woodfield. And Morton Gould’s moving World War II-era composition titled hi american recalls some well-known folk music. And for those who like to attend concerts simply to dance, the Boogie bandstand will surely get the audience on their feet!

Please don’t miss this entertaining afternoon of spring travel!


Corina C. Butler