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  MAUREEN SMITH & DINUK WIJERATNE
  SUNDAY OCTOBER 17, 2010 | 19:30 h
AT THE MUSIC ROOM | GET TICKETS
  Maureen Smith
  Reeny Smith was born May 12, 1992. She hails from the community of North Preston, Nova Scotia. Since
the age of five, she has been a singer as well as a pianist. She was enrolled in the conservatory of music
at the age of seven pursuing piano, and is currently studying under Halifax based pianist, Paul Simons.
Reeny is currently studying jazz vocals at the Maritime conservatory under Ryan Billington, head of
vocals at St. Francis Xavier University. Reeny is a volunteer pianist at her local church; Saint Thomas
Baptist, and is a member of three choirs within the church.

Her musical roots stem from a long list of great family musicians. Her father and grandfather, Wallace
Smith Sr. and Jr., are former members of The Gospel Heirs, one of Canada’s Premier Gospel bands. Her
father also directs the award winning Hallelujah Praise Choir. Uncles Carson and Murray Downey of the
Carson Downey Band are additional testaments to the great musical legacy that Reeny has for inspiration.
After hearing Reeny’s demo CD, Laura (Lulu) Healy, Artistic Director of the 2010 Atlantic Jazz festival,
stated “the vocals are incredible”, earning her a showcase at this years Festival. Reeny’s love of
music has driven her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in jazz vocals at St Francis Xavier University in
September.

   
  Dinuk Wijeratne
  Dinuk made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a conductor, composer and pianist, performing with Yo Yo
Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. A second Carnegie appearance followed in 2009, this time alongside
tabla legend Zakir Hussain. Dinuk has also appeared at Opera Bastille (Paris), the Kennedy Center
(Washington DC), Der Philharmonie (Berlin) and has toured the Middle East. A graduate of the Royal
Northern College of Music (UK), Mannes College (NYC), and from the Juilliard School where he studied
with Oscar-winner John Corigliano, Dinuk now lectures at Dalhousie University, and the NSCC. He is also
currently Music Director of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, having conducted the National Arts Centre
Orchestra (Ottawa) and appeared many times with Symphony Nova Scotia during his 3-year appointment
as Conductor-in-Residence. He is the recipient of the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award for Orchestral Conducting,
double Merritt Award nominations (2009), as well as numerous other international prizes. His music
and collaborative work embrace the great diversity of his international background and influences.
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