Cameron Wilson, violin
"The work I’ve composed is called a Midnight Clear. It is based on the actual text of the traditional Xmas Carol “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” but has been rearranged by Erick Lichte to create a story. There are three sections which segue into each to create a single work. These sections are titled “Mystery”, “The Message” and “A Hoedown of Hope”. It is scored for piano, harp, acoustic guitar, percussion, violin and choir. For me, the piece is really about hope. Hope for peace despite the ravages of war and hate. Hope for love and hope and faith for a better future for all people. This resonates so true in today’s world given the horrible recent events in the Middle East.
The first section “Mystery” is sparse, beautiful and mysterious. The second section “The Message”, is an original tune set to the traditional lyrics of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”. The last section “Hoedown of Hope” is a lively fiddle feature bringing the piece to a joyous conclusion reflecting on the power of Hope."
Violinist Cameron Wilson has been a fixture on the Vancouver music scene for the past three decades. He is recognized as one of the most versatile violinists, able to play a wide variety of different musical genres. He currently performs with Joe Trio as well as the gypsy jazz quartet, Van Django, The Wahs, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Mariachi del Soul, and the Marc Atkinson Quartet.