On stage

More than 1,500 people are with the 49th annual Pacific Northwest Music Festival beginning tomorrow and continuing until April 12.

DOING anything the next couple of weeks?

More than 1,500 people are with the 49th annual Pacific Northwest Music Festival beginning tomorrow and continuing until April 12.

School buses and private vehicles will be making their way to Terrace from around the region as competitors display their piano, vocal, string, woodwinds, speech arts, dance, band, choral and Orff classroom music talents under the watchful eyes of 11 adjudicators.

Those performing seek to exhibit the results of months of preparation and practice.

Best of all for those attending is that admission to the three venues – The REM Lee Theatre, the Knox United Church and the Evangelical Free Church – is free, save for the April 11 scholarship performance evening and the concluding gala performance on April 12, both of which are being held at the REM Lee Theatre.

Although the competition portions are free, it does cost to put on the music festival and donations are always cheerfully accepted.

Of particular note is Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at the REM Lee. That’s when northwest school concert and jazz bands perform.

To quote William Shakespeare: “If music be the food of love, play on.”

Festival programs are available  at Sight and Sound on Keith Ave. or Misty River Books on Lazelle.