The Celtic sounds of Ensemble Galilei are coming to White Rock next weekend.

The Celtic sounds of Ensemble Galilei are coming to White Rock next weekend.

A stellar ensemble

Celtic sounds coming to First United Church April 1.

A stellar group of U.S. musicians will make their only Canadian appearance during a West Coast tour on April 1 at 8 p.m. at First United Church in White Rock.

Ensemble Galilei brings together musicians from different worlds in an ongoing adventure that utilizes their renowned expertise and technique to create new dimensions of music.

The ensemble features Ryan McKasson on Scottish fiddle, Jackie Moran on bodhran and tenor banjo, and Sue Richards on Celtic harp, all versed in Scottish and Irish traditions, plus violinist Ginger Hildebrand and viola da gamba player Carolyn Surrick – both with decades of experience in Renaissance and Baroque music.

The result is quite different from groups in either of the traditions, said Geoff Giffin, who is using the concert to launch his new production company, Peninsula Productions, which aims to bring different, high quality concerts to the White Rock and South Surrey scene.

“I first heard Ensemble Galilei play a few years ago when I was living in Maryland and promptly fell in love,”  Giffin said.  “When I found out they were doing a West Coast tour I knew they would be perfect for Peninsula Productions’ first concert.”

Tickets ($25) are available from Tapestry Music, First United Church, the Surrey Arts Centre box office (604-501-5566) and online at https://tickets.surrey.ca

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