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Copper Cliff Public School hand chime choir performs at CTV-Lions Telethon

Dolcissimo, a hand chime choir from Copper Cliff Public School, will perform live on the CTV-Lions Children’s Christmas Telethon this Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at 2:15 pm.

“Our talented students, under the direction of music teacher Valerie Whitehead, auditioned for the telethon and are delighted to be the opening act,” says Principal Chris Bourré.  “The ringers are very excited to perform and invite the entire community to tune in.”

Dolcissimo (pronounced Dole-chee-see-moh with the accent on the second syllable) made its debut four years ago when Copper Cliff Public School purchased a set of hand chimes. Dolcissimo is an Italian musical term meaning ‘very sweetly’, a fitting name for the lovely bell-like sound of the chimes. 

“The popularity of the hand chimes with students has increased over the years and the school now runs two or three chime choirs each year,” says Principal Bourré. “The senior chime group, comprised of students in Grades 6 to 8, will perform on the telethon.” Ringers include Marzia Giommi, Meghan McInnes, Nicole Conlin, Kayla Lapointe, Maddie Denault, Bailey-Sue Martin, Julia Cormack, Julia Fortunato, Danica Djuric and Tiffany Steinke.

Dolcissimo practises twice a week and consists of a dedicated group of ringers, many of whom have been with the group since its inception. The group has performed at Christmas concerts, graduation ceremonies, community concerts, the Kiwanis Music Festival, the Northern Ontario Music Festival, and special events such as Music Monday.  The group has also entertained residents at Copper Cliff Manor. 

“Performing for the CTV-Lions Children’s Christmas Telethon is a great opportunity to help out those in need in our community,” says Principal Bourré. “Our young musicians are excited and honoured to be part of this annual tradition.” 

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Media Contact:

Chris Bourré, Principal, Copper Cliff Public School,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-682-4721.