The Arts Council was pleased to recognize performing artists who have made a significant contribution to our community at our Café Night on Oct 25, 2013 at the Arts Centre. Special presentations were made to David Klassen, Jacqueline Brandt and Sheila Ardies.
David Klassen's tenor voice has become well-known throughout the Southeast and beyond. David’s been involved in a significant number of projects, including a sacred classics tour within Manitoba where he partnered with local choirs along the way. He has been engaged as a soloist with many prominent opera and ballet companies, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Besides performing, David also adjudicates, and teaches at the Canadian Mennonite University and the University of Manitoba. David was the original artist who created the Young Artists in Concert series in 2003. He wanted to give our local emerging artists the experience of performing on a stage in a formal concert setting. Part of the opportunity was to learn how to negotiate a contract, learn the promotion aspects, and learn about the technical aspects...
Jacqueline Brandt has also been teaching voice, piano and theory for 25 years. She is also known as an accomplished accompanist, and as the president of our Southeastern Music Festival, an instructor for Kindermusik, and also very active in the community.
Sheila Ardies has been a voice teacher here for 15 years, a talented actor, and active member in our Arts community.
Kim Bestvater-Sidorchuk, the accompanist for our Young Artist in Concert on Oct 25, was also recognized. Kim keeps busy all over the Eastman region and Steinbach community by accompanying many vocalists, instrumentalists, musicals and choirs. She has her Associate in Music – Piano Performance from the Western Board, as well as her Bachelor of Music – Piano Performance from the University of Toronto. When she’s not teaching in her private studio or doing her own rehearsing, Kim enjoys hanging out with husband Rob and their two children, Julie and Rachel.
Other mentions were given to Bucky Driedger, Byron Dueck, Jocelyn Dueck, Valerie Dueck, Naomi Forman, Darryl Friesen, Matt Schellenberg, Tammy Schroeder, Jodie Stenekes, Carrie Wiebe and Matt Zimmerman. Many of these folks have participated in our Young Artists series in past years. To all of them - thank you for your contribution to our Arts community!