WELCOME BACK TO THE NEW NORMALITY

Serenata Music is pleased to announce a new venture with London Symphonia. We will co-sponsor the April 30 concert with Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear and the London Symphonia in a wonderful program of both standard and original music.
We also are planning another concert which will be a Canadian premiere of music by a former Canadian. Watch for details to be made public soon.
In the meantime, look at the listing of both firm and tentative concerts in our area. We are thrilled to see that the musical arts groups are attempting to return to public concerts. Please support them.

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All performances at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library, 251 Dundas St. London at 8 P.M., Saturdays, or 3 P.M., Sundays unless otherwise noted.

Tickets Are Available From

Online from www.OnStageDirect.com
http://www.onstagedirect.com/serenatamusic
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General Admission single ticket: $40
Student Admission single ticket: $20
Special Concerts:
General Admission: $50
Student Admission: $25

Grand Theatre London Box Office
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General Admission single ticket: $40
Student Admission single ticket: $20
Special Concerts:
General Admission: $50
Student Admission: $25

(519) 672-8800
Online at:
www.grandtheatre.com/cbo/serenatamusic

At the door: $40/20
Special Concerts: $50/25
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Biographies

Don thompson
piano/vibraphone
Don Thompson was born 18 January 1940 Powell River, British Columbia, Canada. He lived in Vancouver from 1960 to 1965 working as a freelance musician primarily on bass. He has appeared with jazz troupes led by some of Vancouver's finest musicians such as Dave Robbins, Chris Gage and Fraser MacPherson, as well as leading his own musical groups. In addition to appearing regularly on CBC radio, he is also on television as a featured artist. In 1965 he joined the now legendary John Handy Quintet and moved to San Francisco for a two year stay. During that time the Handy Quintet performed extensively throughout the United States and recorded two albums for the Columbia label. One of these, John Handy live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, became one of the most popular jazz albums of the 1960s. While in San Francisco Don also worked with Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, Denny Zeitlin and George Duke. He returned to Canada in 1967 and has been a resident of Toronto since 1969. In that year he joined Rob McConnell's BOSS BRASS as a percussionist, switching to bass in 1971 and later to piano (1987–1993). He was also a member of Moe Koffman's group from 1970 to 1979 as pianist or bassist, contributing arrangements and compositions and working as co-producer with Koffman on two albums, Museum Pieces and Looking Up. He also worked extensively with guitarists Ed Bickert, Lenny Breau and Sonny Greenwich while keeping busy with his own various projects. As a member of the "house rhythm section" at Toronto's Bourbon Street Jazz Club he worked (and recorded *) with such Jazz Celebrities as Paul Desmond, Jim Hall, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Harry Edison, Frank Rosolino, Slide Hampton, Lee Konitz and Abbey Lincoln, and appeared at other venues with Sarah Vaughan, Red Rodney, Joe Henderson, Dewey Redman, Red Mitchell, Sheila Jordan and Kenny Wheeler. He became a member of guitarist Jim Hall's trio in 1974 travelling to Europe and Japan as well as touring the United States and Canada. In 1982 he joined pianist George Shearing and stayed for a five year period during which he appeared at virtually every major jazz club and festival in the United States. Their travels also included tours of Great Britain and two trips to Brazil. In 1996 he was artist in residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, England, and performed in a concert of all-Canadian music with fellow Canadians Kenny Wheeler and Hugh Fraser. He teaches regularly at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts along with other major international musicians. Don is currently working as a freelance musician, teacher, member of the band JMOG and as leader of his own quartet. He is equally at home on vibes, piano, bass and drums, and is a reliable and trusted sound engineer with his own home-studio. He was awarded the order of Canada on 25 May 2009.