Music and the Brain

By Dr. T. Jock Murray For The Advocate I was concerned when I saw Janet with tears running down her face. We were in a music store in Charleston and she was standing by a wall of CDs and earphones. She explained that she was listening to Martha Argerich playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto and...

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Innovation helps ‘Circle’ continue, virtually

Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro can use another adjective to describe his extensive career: innovator. Proving that every situation has a silver lining, Guthro found a new way to deliver his incredibly popular Songwriters Circles to fans everywhere amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: virtually. Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle, The Circle Continues, will be delivered in a...

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Riverfront Jubilee cancelled for 2020

NEW GLASGOW – There will be no live music on the Glasgow Square stage this year with the cancellation of the annual Riverfront Jubilee. The board of directors have announced the 2020 event – which was scheduled to take place July 31-August 2 – will not take place due to uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19...

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Tunes for tough times

Nova Scotian Kitchen Party Facebook group chases away the isolation blues with music, song, dance and more What began as a small act to brighten a few people’s days has now reached out to more than 100,000 people from all over the world sharing something Atlantic Canada is known for: music. The Ultimate Online Nova...

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Open auditions for Nova Scotia Mass Choir

Interested in singing with the Nova Scotia Mass Choir? Please come prepared with one piece of music to showcase your vocal range. The choir is looking to build its ‘Tenor’ and ‘Baritone’ sections, but ALL voices welcome to audition. IMPORTANT: Commitment to Wednesday evening rehearsals is a requirement. Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019  Time: 6:30...

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Riverfront Jubilee seeking volunteers

NEW GLASGOW – Want to be a part of an amazing weekend filled with music? The Riverfront Jubilee is seeking volunteers for the 24th annual festival. The success of the Jubilee depends on the hard work and dedication of more than 300 volunteers who donate their time to the Jubilee.  “The commitment Pictou County has...

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Piano and vocal classes in competition

the annual New Glasgow Music Festival concluded last week with competitors in vocal classes as well as junior and senior piano. Here are the results: SENIOR PIANO April 30 ~ Trinity United Church 6350 Piano Solo, Contemporary, Senior Own Choice: Minimum Grade 9 88 – William Daley, New Glasgow 6150 Piano Solo, 14 years &...

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Music therapy

“I didn’t do much, musically, for a few years after my sisters and I stopped touring. There was something telling me that I needed to get back to it. Having that creative outlet, the social aspect of it, working with other artists. It is very therapeutic indeed.” This from musician, Heather Rankin, the youngest member...

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Williams sisters in world premiere of Grant’s The Bridge

There are some recognizable Pictou County faces in the world premiere production of former Halifax poet laureate Shauntay Grant’s play, The Bridge, which is now playing at Neptune Theatre in Halifax. Well known New Glasgow sisters Murleta Williams and Charla Williams both play choristers and Murleta is also musical director. Murleta explains of the play,...

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Bands supporting bands

A big band with a big sound is making its way to the deCoste Performing Arts Centre to help out some local schools this month. The Stadacona Band will be playing tunes of all types in support of the band programs for McCulloch Education Centre, Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated School and West Pictou Consolidated School....

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