Amherst's dancing centenarian becomes social media star
AMHERST, N.S. – Wanted at White Birches Retirement Residence: dance partners for 101-year-old Minerva Boran.
Jonathan Dagenais is guest conductor
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - The P.E.I. Intermediate Honors Band 2017 welcomes guest conductor Jonathan Dagenais to the province this weekend.
Dagenais will be working with the best Grade 9 band students on P.E.I. and then leading them in a public performance on Sunday in the P.E.I. Convention Centre (Delta Hotel). Its starts at 2 p.m.; admission is $5.
The P.E.I. Intermediate Honors Band assembles each year to offer an enrichment opportunity to grade nine instrumental music students across P.E.I. Members are selected from their school band programs based on their playing ability and dedication to the program. They come together for a weekend and perform a concert on the Sunday.
This year Dagenais is guest conductor. With a master’s degree in Wind Orchestra Conducting from McGill University and a bachelor’s degree in Composition from the Université de Montréal, he is in demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician across Canada.
As a conductor, Dagenais has worked with the McGill Wind Symphony and the Montreal Pop Symphony Orchestra. He is co-founder and artistic director of the Orchestre à Vents Non Identifié, and since 2015, has served as conductor of the Montreal Video Game Orchestra. As a longtime fan of video games and their music, this is a natural marriage of his two passions.
In working with musicians of all ages, Dagenais is dedicated to collaboration, active listening, tone quality, and refining interpretation, as well as adopting a humouristic approach. Dagenais will be a guest teacher at McGill University in the next school year and will be pursuing doctoral studies in the near future.
This year’s program consists of a wide variety of music that speaks to Dagenais drive in music making. Storm Chaser is a thrilling and energetic piece that combines dynamic changes, driving rhythms, and a variety of percussion colours.
Arabian Dances brings to mind a festive celebration in a desert landscape where nomads dance until the early morning hours.
The program also includes more classic work (Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition), a more classic cartoon work (Crazy for Cartoons) and a piece composed by Dagenais.