Date(s) - December 12, 2017
12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
First Baptist Church
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You can bring your lunch and join us for our lunchtime concerts at 12.10 pm. Enjoy some hot apple cider and cookies in the foyer. Our second concert will be featuring award winning artitsts – Rosemary Siemens on the violin with guest Eli Bennett on the saxophone.
Known for her love of sparkle and bling, quirky laugh, and warm, genuine personality, world-class improv violinist and vocalist Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences around the world since the age of three. Hailing from a century-family-farm in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, but currently based in Vancouver, BC, Rosemary is a small-town farm girl dominating the world-stage playing a 300-year-old violin named “Sparkle” that was played in King Louis XIV’s orchestra. Since Rosemary’s album release in 2016, Plum Coulee, My Home, charted #11 on the Canadian Country-Music Sales Chart, won the 2016 Global Music Award for “Best Bluegrass/Country Album”, and was featured in Billboard Magazine. Rosemary has performed in over twenty countries. Rosemary’s passion is to take her violin everywhere – to unexpected locations to touch, inspire, and make people smile through music. Read more about her at www.rosemarysiemens.com.
Thirty-five-time internationally award-winning jazz-funk saxophonist and four-time Leo-Nominated film composer Eli Bennett has performed twice at the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles and shared the stage with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Terence Blanchard, Dave Holland, and the Neville Brothers. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, and actively performing in Vancouver and Toronto since 2007, Eli has frequented jazz clubs such as Cory Weed’s Cellar Jazz Club and The Rex Hotel as a leader and sideman. Bennett’s debut jazz album, Breakthrough, released September, 2016, has received extensive international attention, ranking in the top ten on the Canadian and U.S. Jazz Radio Charts, while being featured on the homepage of iTunes Canada Jazz for two months as one of the top Canadian jazz albums. In support of Breakthrough’s pre-release, Bennett embarked on Breakthrough Tour 2015, a 10–day, 10–show cross–Canada Jazz Festival tour with his quartet that saw him perform sold–out concerts at Canada’s major jazz festivals including Vancouver, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, where he was featured prime–time main stage for over ten thousand people after receiving the nomination for the TD Grand Jazz Award from the festival. Read more about him at www.elibennett.com.