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Posted: November 24, 2011

Symphony Christmas concert Dec. 3 and 4

Come and join the community Christmas celebration concerts with the Symphony of the Kootenays, Dec. 3 and 4.

Sharnell Yaretz

The symphony as an organization is proud of what we offer our community. And we are deeply grateful for the support from our community partners. Cranbrook truly is a city filled with talent. Joining us this year will be 70 students from the Cranbrook Violin Club.

Dan Yaretz

We will also welcome local piano students Daniel and Sharnell Yaretz, and the Symphony Choir. Combined with a touch of traditional Christmas melodies, unique seasonal scores, and topped with sing along carols, this evening will have you counting down the days until Christmas.

Joining us for the first time is the newly formed Cranbrook Violin Club.  Close to 70 students ages 5-12 will grace the Key City stage as they join the Orchestra for a delightful Christmas favourite. The Symphony is pleased to be able to offer these budding musicians the opportunity to perform with a professional Orchestra. We hope they will walk away with a better understanding of performance skills and what they can achieve with hard work and diligence.

In 1996 the East Kootenay Music Teachers’ Association and the Symphony formed a partnership to present as part of the annual December concert program, up to three students performing a full concerto or concerto movements.  The process for this amazing event begins in January of each year when the EKMTA students with Grade 8 or higher are invited to submit an extensive application to perform with the Symphony.  The students are also expected to participate in the East Kootenay Festival of the Performing Arts which takes place in April. Qualified students are then selected by adjudicators. The students then embark on a six month practice schedule to focus on security, speed, musicianship and memory. All this leads to the prestigious opportunity to perform with a professional Orchestra.

The Symphony of the Kootenays assists in advancing the careers of music students who are regularly invited to perform with the Symphony. Our musicians take special pride in mentoring these keen students. Our orchestra is a regional orchestra with 85% of our musicians driving from two to eight hours to perform with the Symphony of the Kootenays. They have a strong feeling of connectedness and take back to their communities the excitement they feel when musicians share their love of music with students and a live audience.

We look forward to this community concert. It will be a wonderful community evening, with the Symphony choir, and what we hope will be our future Symphony musicians. It will be an evening filled will the joy of the season, a few laughs and more than that, pride in our wonderful community.

The two shows are Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Key City Theatre Box Office.

Amanda Ball, General Manager, Symphony of the Kootenays

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