Patrons of St. Columban Foundation presents Songs of Inspiration concert with Tenor, Richard Valdez 

Above, photo of St. Columban Church and Tenor Richard Valdez. Courtesy photo

CORNWALL — The Patrons of St. Columban Foundation is presenting an afternoon of Songs of Inspiration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 23 at St. Columban Church 36 Fourth St. W., Cornwall. The musical entertainment will feature Richard Valdez, Tenor and Joanne Moorcroft on the piano.

Valdez is a veteran on stage in Concert, Opera, Oratorio, and Musical Theatre performing for the past 40 years at concert venues in Europe, Canada, United States, and the Caribbean.

He made his Canadian debut at Walter Hall in Toronto, European debut in Prien, Germany and his American debut in New York City at Carnegie Hall. He studied voice in New York with Samuel Margolis, Timothy Corcoran of County Cork, Ireland, Hryhory Shwedchenko of Kiev Opera, Ukraine and Helmut Shonder in Pforzheim, Germany.

Valdez also devotes much of his performing life in service to a variety of charities, including the Knights of Columbus, several Christian organizations, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Ethiopian Famine Relief, Victims of 911, Doctors Without Borders, Canadian and American Red Cross and many other charities.

Richard Valdez recently moved to Cornwall and joined St. Columban Parish where he approached the Patrons of St. Columban Foundation to do a concert to raise funds for the capital repairs to St. Columban Church. Brian Lynch, President of the of the Patrons of St. Columban Foundation, said that the members of the Foundation welcomed Richard Valdez’s generous offer.

Lynch indicated that during the past 14 years the Foundation has been able to raise over $770,000 for the restoration and preservation of St. Columban Church as a result of the generosity of the parishioners of St. Columban and the community at large. Lynch stated: “Much work has been done on major capital repairs in recent years such as repointing and repairing stone work, repairing the wall buttresses, foundation grading, renovating the washroom, working on the bell tower and steeple, and replacing the roof etc. However, there is still more work to be done. Money raised at the concert will be directed to the work on the church steeple cross.”

Admission is freewill donation. Everyone is welcome to attend the afternoon of popular and classical music on February 23.

For further information, contact Brian Lynch at 613-933-8353 or brijo@pppoe.ca.

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