Madeline Hildebrand delighted audience with an impeccable performance of John Corigliano's "Winging It" and more on November 15th. The finale of her impressive repertoire was Samuel Barber's Sonata for Piano, op. 26 - which Madeline confessed in an interview was the hardest piece she has ever learned to play. It was hard to tell she had ever struggled with learning it, as Madeline's fingers seemingly flew across the piano's keyboard at times. With a Master of Music in Piano under her belt, and having studied with many distinguished pianists, including Jane Coop from BC, Maddy's refined playing had the audience bursting with applause.

Having grown up in Steinbach, Maddy said it was such a pleasure to be back, playing in her hometown. The evening's emcee, Michelle Sawatzky-Koop (now a radio announcer at Golden West) was Madeline's first piano teacher. Michelle's introduction of Madeline was very warm-hearted as Michelle reflected back to the level of understanding and skill Madeline had portrayed, even as a young girl just starting to play.

Also gracing the stage was Adam Krahn, our young, local guest emerging artist, who played Chopin's Nocturne in A Flat Major with skill and flare. Adam is currently studying under Dr. David Moroz at the University of Manitoba and working towards a Bachelor of Music.

Having been delighted earlier this year to find out that Madeline had been the winner of the prestigious Doris McLellan competition for live solo performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra - which we were sure to include in our column in the local newspaper, along with congratulations - we were delighted once again to have Maddy back on the home stage for a brilliant performance showcasing her mastery of piano techniques.

Maddy also held a Master Piano Class while she was in town. The Master Class took place at the Cultural Arts Centre on November 16, and was filled to capacity, with many music teachers coming to audit and take notes for their students. We are pleased to have been able to organize this class for our local students, and thank Madeline for encouraging our inspiring artists in this way. Thanks to all those who took advantage of this opportunity. We hope there are many more to come!

Submitted by Shannon Neufeld, Marketing Coordinator

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About the Steinbach Arts Council

The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

For more info, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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