Local Talent of All Ages to Perform in ‘Autumn Serenade’

Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s annual fundraiser is a sure bet for music lovers

Herb Williams’ grandfather always told him “to rest is to rust” so, at the age of 88, Herb has no intention of slowing down and, to prove it, he will accompany Oakville’s young multi-instrumentalist and composer Leslie Ashworth at the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s fundraiser on Sunday, September 24 at the Joshua Creek Art Centre.

“My life has been a very diverse voyage to the present, which is now so focused on music,” Herb says. “I have starred in TV shows, movies, documentaries, and live audience performances and continue to perform on the piano, in diverse venues. I’m a great supporter of the OCO (Oakville Chamber Orchestra).”

Leslie, a violin, viola, piano, music theory, and music history teacher at the Oakville School of Music and Performing Arts, has performed with numerous orchestras across Canada and in such celebrated venues as Carnegie Hall, Koerner Hall, Vancouver Convention Centre, and Rolston Hall in the Banff Centre. She has won the Grand Prize in the Canadian Music Competition and was a gold medalist in the ‘Passion of Music’ International Competition held in New York City.

Also making an appearance between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Autumn Serenade will be Linda Ruan, recently named among CBC’s “Top 30 Classical Musicians under 30”, Jeremy Ledbetter and Eliana Cuevas offering up some jazz, and a number of past winners of the OCO’s respected Youth Concerto Competition.

OCO’s President Julie Palmer and the new Board of Directors formed this summer hope for a strong community presence showing generous support, as many arts and culture organizations must rely, more than ever, upon the time and money Canadians give as volunteers and donors.

A silent auction and delightful refreshments will round off this elegant Sunday afternoon event supporting the OCO’s ongoing youth initiatives. A limited number of tickets is available for purchase online via Eventbrite and charitable donation tax receipts will be issued for a portion of the ticket value.

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