“My passion for the music of the 1940s is longstanding and deep seated. As a small child, in lieu of bed time stories, I played a nightly musical game with my father, himself a World War II vet, wherein he would hum a tune that I would have to identify and complete. Hence: the beginnings of repertoire!
This was added to, researched, and polished over the years as I amassed a large body of material on the 1940s and on the music that unified nations and won a war. In 1995, I had the chance to create and star in a recreated WWII troop show backed by the Canadian Forces Band that toured Canada to enthusiastic response. It was on this project, my personal tribute to our amazing veterans, that I met Mark Ferguson, who was the chief musical arranger, and a partnership as well as a friendship was founded. In 1999 Mark and I were commissioned to create a concert in salute of the RCAF POW’s of WWII, further cementing in our minds that the time was right for the return of a true big band. Calling on a team of handpicked, top-flight musicians, the mark Ferguson Orchestra was born.
In the glorious tradition of glamorous broadcasts from starlit ballrooms we aim to give audiences the experience of what it would have been like to attend a 1940s big band concert. And, though our music is grounded in the 1940s, every now and then we bring our own interpretation of the sound to more recently minted tunes and even to some of our own compositions.
It is a never-ending joy to us to bring our music to audiences, and a particular pleasure to see it so enthusiastically embraced by a new, young generation. I am awfully glad for those early musical games. They have proved to be quite a gift.”
Holly ranks as one of Canada’s most versatile performers. Presently starring in the international television series “Homes By Design,” seen in Canada on the HGTV Network, she made a return to her musical theatre roots as author, co-creator, and star of “Past Forgetting,” a sparkling recreation of a World War II troop show. Following its world premier in commemoration of the fiftieth Anniversary of the end of the war “Past Forgetting,” backed by Canadian Forces Band, embarked on a hugely successful cross Canada tour.
Her TV credits include her well known starring role in “Under the Umbrella Tree” seen in world distribution on the Disney Channel and CBC specials “Holly Larocque: It’s About Time” and “Christmas Holly.” She has written and starred in a one-woman show “Holly: from Broadway to Brussels” at Canada’s national Arts Centre. She is a featured personality in photographer Michelle Valberg’s book “Dare to Dream,” a compendium of exceptional Canadian women. A Disney nominee to the Daytime Emmy Awards and a DuMaurier Search For Stars winner, Holly has costarred in concert with Broadway legend Carol Channing.
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