Music at Fieldcote brings a variety of performers to outdoor stage
By Debra Downey, Senior Editor
The sounds of summer will ring out once again in July and August at Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum.
Music at Fieldcote is set to get toes tapping and bodies swaying on eight consecutive Sunday evenings. Up next on the outdoor stage performance schedule is Stuart Laughton on July 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
Anton Plas, one of the directors for Music at Fieldcote, said Laughton, who is now in 60s, has been entertaining audiences since he was a teenager growing up in St. Catharines. Laughton has performed with Porkbelly Futures, the Canadian Brass and most recently Radio Dial. He plays 12 different instruments, said Plas, so the audience can expect an “extremely eclectic” show.
A highlight of the summer music season arrives on July 20 when internationally recognized Canadian conductor Boris Brott brings his 40-piece orchestra to Fieldcote to help commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Bloody Assizes. Among other notable pieces, the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Beethoven’s Wellington March. The evening will also feature a re-created officers’ encampment and a performance of Eliza’s Journey by Binbrook Little Theatre.
Brott’s concert is part of a jam-packed weekend of activities at Fieldcote to mark the 200th anniversary of Canada’s historic Bloody Assize. The free events will explore 1814 Ancaster, when eight local men were sentenced to hang for treason. Descendants of some of those involved with the trials will be on hand to view the exhibit Noose, Knife and Fire, the Zooid Aerial Theatre’s performance of The Hangman’s Reprise, a film screening of Shipwrecked on a Great Lake and an acknowledgement ceremony and plaque unveiling. For more information on the events planned to mark the anniversary, visit www.hamilton.ca/museums.
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque round out the first month of Music at Fieldcote on July 27. Plas said Canadian saxophonist Bunnett has assembled a new sextet featuring young female musicians from Cuba.
“Jane is mentoring the five women who are all in their 20s,” said Plas. “She is touring with them and introducing their music by appearing at many jazz festivals.”
In case of rain, the Sunday evening concerts will move to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 31 Sulphur Springs Rd.
For more information on the summer schedule, visit musicatfieldcote.com