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‘Sonic Escape: Daredevils with instruments’ liven stage at Opera House April 11 in MCA concert open to public

GRAVENHURST — On Friday, April 11, Sonic Escape looks forward to continuing their love affair with Ontario at the Gravenhurst Opera House.

Flutist Shawn Wyckoff, cellist, Nan-Cheng Chen and violinist Maria Millar are guaranteed to put on a lively and entertaining and musical show Friday at the Opera House in Gravenhurst.

Flutist Shawn Wyckoff, cellist, Nan-Cheng Chen and violinist Maria Millar are guaranteed to put on a lively and entertaining and musical show Friday at the Opera House in Gravenhurst.

Presented by the Muskoka Concert Association, the concert will feature music from their debut album, Circle the Sea, as well as their vocal/instrumental rendition of the Canadian folk favourite The Log Driver’s Waltz.

Admission is open to the public and tickets are $30 for adults ($5 for students) and available at the Gravenhurst Opera House Box Office or online at http://www.gravenhurst.ca/en/opera/shows.asp. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the Box Office at 705 687-5550 or 888-495-8888 or go to the website above.

Sonic Escape, who bill themselves as ’Daredevils with instruments,’ is a flute-violin-cello trio of Juilliard graduates that uses every part of the performer – fingers, mind, voice & story – to reshape the live music experience.

The virtuoso members have travelled the world in roles as diverse as soloing at Carnegie Hall, fiddle-dancing in Riverdance, jamming with Beale Street blues bands and playing rock clubs across NYC. To see them in action online: http://www.sonicescapemusic.com.

They have performed from Sioux Lookout to Toronto and Ottawa to Sarnia – in concert halls, folk festivals and even farmhouses, and not once have they met an audience that doesn’t adore music.

“The joy we see on people’s faces, the desire to experience something new… we’ve never seen anything like it,” they say in a news release.

For violinist Maria Millar, who grew up in Edmonton before attending The Juilliard School in NYC, the opportunity to perform in Canada and Ontario, in particular, is a dream come true.

“For many years, I received grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Alberta Foundation for the Arts to compose and perform, yet struggled to find a way to bring what I do back home.”

This changed when Sonic Escape was selected to perform showcases at the Ontario Contact and Folk Music Ontario conferences.

“The conferences gave us the opportunity to meet and play for presenters from across the province, and we made some great friends and connections at both,” says Millar’s husband, Shawn Wyckoff, flutist and managing director of Sonic Escape.

Soon after, the group started touring their newly-adopted province.

The Washington Post recently said of Sonic Escape: “It was an evening designed to entertain… with a wide-ranging, anything- goes sense of fun. Wonderfully imaginative… smile-inducing … impressive.”

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