A new instrument was added to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops concert this year - an anvil! ...Well, TWO anvils. Grade 6 student, Bryce, from Stonybrook Middle School, and Grade 5 student Tiara, from Niverville Elementary, mastered these instruments in a few moments in a rehearsal before the show - and were ready to play with vigor during the second portion of the evenings show. This opportunity didn't come to Bryce and Tiara by chance - they earned the privilege to play with Winnipeg's fine-tuned Symphony. In late November, grade five and six students from all our Southeast schools were asked to provide their ideas for the most creative use of an anvil. Bryce said, "My creative idea for the use of an anvil is a big paperweight." Tiara said, "My creative idea for the use of an anvil is the anchor for a pirate ship and then in the middle of nowhere they also have an ironing board." Other students provided ideas for a fat giant's weight room, puppy sculpture and more. Thanks to all our contestants in the 'Who Wants to Play with the Symphony?' Contest - and congratulations to our two winners!
The crowds for this event surpassed 600. It was a delight to hear these voices join in the harmony line of their choice for festive carols like 'The First Noel' and 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.' The audience also enjoyed favorites like 'Polar Express' and 'Nutcracker,' plus songs with vocals provided by guest soprano Naomi Forman (formerly from Kleefeld) and the SRSS Intermediate Female Choir directed by Kristel Peters. Maestro Richard Lee was back again this year, with all his lively passion - and humour - directing the Symphony, and our two anvil players.
The Symphony's Holiday Tour will also take them to Gladstone, Winkler and Portage la Prairie.
Submitted by Shannon Neufeld, SAC Marketing Coordinator