Indra & Friends finale brings a swan, many songs

Among all the performers gathering to play in the final Indra & Friends concert on Saturday, one seems to have a particularly fitting piece.

Burns Lake singer Lauren Solecki sings at last year's Indra & Friends concert. This year's concert will feature several Broadway favourites

Among all the singers, actors and musicians gathering to play in the final Indra & Friends concert on Saturday, one seems to have a particularly fitting piece.

Cellist Natana Foreman will play The Swan, a famous solo that organizer Indra Egan says will be a real treat.

“She has a beautiful tone, and she really engages the audience,” said Egan.

Cellos are rarely heard in northern B.C., she added.

While beautiful to hear and see played, celloes “are not the handiest instruments to pick up and brng to a party,” she said.

Along with cello, piano, and violin pieces, Egan said concertgoers will also get a chance to see several Broadway musical numbesr performed in full costume.

Songs from West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera and the Sound of Music are all on the bill.

Egan, who started the Indra & Friends concert at age nine, is no stranger to the stage, having performed at concerts since she was five years old.

“Starting young, it just became a part of me,” she said. “I don’t really remember life without music.”

Egan and her brother Ovid will also be playing on Saturday performing a duet of Pachabelle’s Canon for violin and piano.

“I love music, and I love sharing music with others,” Egan said, adding that an Houston concert was a great way to showcase some of the local talent she was seeing at music festivals in places like Burns Lake and Prince George.

Indra & Friends has also raised money for several good causes, she said.

Over $12,700 have been raised so far, and Egan is hoping that this year’s event, which raises funds for the Juvenille Diabetes Foundation, sees them over the $15,000 mark.

Next year, Egan is off to study English at UNBC, play violin in the Prince George symphony, and join in her first opera. She will miss the concert, but looks forward to a fabulous finale.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. concert at Houston Christian Reform Church are available at the door, or in advance at 1st Choice Fashions and Country Wide Printing and Stationary.

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