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RNS Community Performance Series

Rothesay Netherwood School is excited to announce the first two acts in the 2017-2018 RNS Community Performance Series line-up.

Join us the Hill on Thursday, September 14th to listen to the blues sounds of award-winning Newfoundland musicians Nick Earle and Joe Coffin (read more about this talented duo, below). Our second concert will be held on Thursday, November 16th and features The Milton String Quartet, an award-winning ensemble from Montreal, QC (scroll down to learn more about this outstanding quartet).
All concerts in the series begin at 7:00 pm and are held on campus at the beautiful, 206-seat Théâtre Susan B. Ganong. The Community Performance Series provides a prime opportunity for music buffs to enjoy a local night out, as well as a great venue for professional musicians, both established and up-and-coming, to perform in an inviting and intimate environment.
Tickets for the concerts are $20 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for RNS students.
Click here to purchase tickets online, or call (506) 847-8224 for more information.

About Earle and Coffin

National award-winning duo Nick Earle and Joe Coffin are emerging blues artists from St. John's, NL. Earle and Coffin released their debut album Live at The Citadel House, earning them the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performers of the Year, 2017 East Coast Music Award nomination for Blues Recording of the Year and a 2016 MusicNL nomination for Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year. Adopting a distinctive style which is well beyond their years, they draw inspiration from blues greats such as Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters. Rich soulful vocals and exceptional guitar playing are just two of the descriptions that come to mind when watching these two execute their skills. Earle and Coffin have performed with many of the region’s top roots and blues musicians and have learned to demonstrate the utmost professionalism and style.

Reviving old blues is just one of the projects this duo has been working on, in February 2017 Earle and Coffin released their sophomore album Wood, Wire, Blood and Bone recorded at the Citadel House in Lewisporte, NL. Already receiving great reviews and national airplay, this “potluck” of electric blues/rock inspired originals and standards features a full band with a big sound that will surely satisfy your taste! 

About The Milton String Quartet

Winners of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize and Senior String Division Gold Medal, the Milton String Quartet is an ensemble based in Montreal, Quebec. The quartet was formed in 2015 at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and is currently working under the tutelage of Professor André J. Roy. The ensemble was the 2017 Fellowship String Quartet at ENCORE Chamber Music in Cleveland, OH, and was named winner of the 2016 McGill University Chamber Music Competition, earning an exchange in May 2017 with the Mozarteum Universität in Salzburg, Austria.

The quartet has enjoyed a wide variety of musical engagements in and around the city of Montreal, including recurring engagements at the Lakeshore Chamber Music Society and at the Atwater Library Lunchtime Concert Series. In May 2016, the quartet performed in Place-des-Arts’ Cinquieme Salle as part of the Opera America Conference. 

Since their formation, the group has had the chance to play in masterclasses for Vladimir Balshin, Valentin Erben, Stefan Fehlandt, Sergei Lomovsky, Igor Naidin, Daniel Philips, Günter Pichler, Wolfgang Redik, Rainer Schmidt, Gerhard Schulz and the Escher Quartet. The quartet has participated in the McGill International String Quartet Academy in 2016 and 2017.

In addition to their Midwestern United States tour, the Milton String Quartet’s fall season includes debut performances in Ontario and New Brunswick. As part of the Fischoff Grand Prize, the quartet will attend the Emilia Romagna Music Festival in Italy in summer 2018.