Westben presents
Digital Concerts at The Barn

It is an honour to share an array of short performances from the dozen Digital Concerts at The Barn that we have created over the past year! Each of the nine segments features an excerpt taken from a fuller concert which was created during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and shared in the fall of 2020 and throughout 2021. (Full performances are still available on our website: www.westben.ca

Westben’s Digital Concerts initially grew out of a desire to support our guest artists while staying connected with our many communities. It was our way of “doing something!’ Within seconds, though, we realized that we had stumbled on to a whole new creative format in which to explore the musical experience in a completely new way, especially the relationship between music, musicians and setting. The explorations took us to many interesting places ranging from a completely empty Barn with a single light, to a sun-drenched meadow, to a tree-covered nature conservancy. We are also overjoyed that these pieces reached more than 55,000 viewers over the past year – this exponential audience growth is absolutely thrilling! 

I am profoundly grateful to all the artists who participated so fully and enthusiastically in this project – each demonstrated a remarkable willingness (and trust) to explore right along with us! Special thanks too, to our incredible production team featuring Videographer/Editor Stephen Dagg (www.stephendagg.com), Audio Technician Andy Thompson (www.northumberlandmusic.com) and Production Coordinator David Vanderlip (david@westben.ca). Please enjoy these wonderful “silver linings” to a rather dark year by visiting www.westben.ca or at our Digital Venue www.westbendigitalvenue.ca   And more are coming! We will continue to present Digital Concerts at The Barn monthly (except the summer) throughout 2022. “

– Brian Finley, Westben Artistic Director

NOTE: July in January videos are available for viewing Friday, January 28 — Monday, February 28.