October 23rd, 2020

Young artist competition winner to perform with Symphony

By Mabell, Dave on November 16, 2019.

Who will be the next musical “child prodigy” from Alberta?

Every second year, the Lethbridge Symphony organization plays a role in recognizing new talent by holding a young artist competition.

And in between, southern Albertans have the pleasure of hearing the latest winner. This year it’s Jacques Forestier, a violinist from Edmonton.

Lethbridge judges declared Forestier “the clear winner” last year, says symphony spokesperson Melanie Gattiker. Now he’s had a further year of study and practice, she points out.

And he’ll be front and centre Monday at Southminster United Church, on Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto. Music director Glenn Klassen will also lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “the Eroica,” and Schubert’s well-known “Entr’Acte No. 3” from “Rosamunde.”

Remaining tickets can be bought and home-printed online at lethbridgesymphony.com or purchased on Monday at the orchestra’s 11 Street South kiosk in Westminster Hall, or at the door.

Next up on the orchestra’s playlist is a pair of “kids choir” concerts, Nov. 27 and 28, followed by a presentation of “The Messiah” on Dec. 15 and 16.

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There’s much more music coming up downtown this month.

The Andrea Superstein Jazz Trio will perform Nov. 23, 8 p.m. at the Mortar and Brick Art Gallery, with tickets from geomaticattic.ca.

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On Nov. 30, director Joanne Collier and Vox Musica will present a “Celebration for the Season” at Southminster United with guest artists the Aeris Brass as directed by Keith Griffoen and the Incanto Singers, directed by Kathy Matkin-Clapton. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m., with tickets at the door.

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And to make your own music, Lethbridge Musical Theatre invites all interested to Broadway Open Mic, Nov. 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. It’s open to all ages, featuring live piano accompaniment, group sing-alongs, musical theatre trivia – and no cover charge.

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On stage at the University of Lethbridge, the U of L Jazz Ensemble takes to the stage on Nov. 22, the University Singers are presenting their end-of-semester concert on Nov. 23, the Wind Ensemble on Nov. 26 and Global Drums on Nov. 30. Tickets are available online at uleth.universitytickets.com.

Meanwhile Hawksley Workman, the latest Geomatic presentation, will welcome fans to the University Theatre on Nov. 23, 8 p.m., with tickets from Geomatic as above.

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Elsewhere in town, the Lethbridge Folk Club will present Old Man Luedecke, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Cave at Lethbridge College, with tickets at the door.

The Scott Woods Band will celebrate an “Old Time Country Christmas” on Nov. 25, 7 p.m. at McKillop United Church with last-minute tickets at the door, or in advance at 403-328-2703.

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And for a taste of music and carols from long ago, “All is Calm” celebrates a brief truce at the start of the First World War. A fundraiser for the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, it’s directed by Fran Rude with musical direction by Ken Rogers. It runs Nov. 22 to 24 at the Yates; check for seats at either Ticket Centre location or call 403-329-7328.

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So here’s an opportunity – and a challenge! Lethbridge residents past and present are invited to share their thoughts in “Letters to Lethbridge.” Helping celebrate the Lethbridge Public Library’s 100th birthday, the event aims at collecting stories “to capture the experience of living in Lethbridge up to and including the year 2019.”

Full details are available at either branch, with submissions accepted online at stories@lethlib.ca by Dec. 1. Jurors will select about 100 to include in a bound volume, and then all will be posted on the library’s website.

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For your last-minute options:

National Child Day events for parents and kids are being held at Lethbridge College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The no-charge event will include a community craft project, multicultural dancing, a “roving gym,” games, outdoor play, prizes and food!

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It’s our annual art and craft market weekend in Lethbridge, with five venues offering a vast selection of gift and home decor items – and far more. Doors will be open at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, at Casa and at the Allied Arts Council office, 318 7 St. S., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Etsy Lethbridge Makers Market next door at Mortar and Brick, 316 7 St. S., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And at Westminster Community Hall, the Oldman Potters’ Guild and the Lethbridge Society of Glass Artisans will also be holding their show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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It’s the final night for “The Pink Unicorn,” being presented by Theatre Outre in Didi’s Playhaus on 4 Avenue downtown. Tickets are online at theatreoutre.ca with any remaining offered at the door.

And opening Wednesday, drama students at Winston Churchill High are staging “Escape from Peligro Island,” billed as a “choose your own adventure” offering, through Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre; check for tickets at the door.

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