The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at Steinbach Mennonite Church on Tuesday night (Dec 6th) was a whirlwind of music and family fun. Trev Schellenberg from Golden West Radio introduced the night, and then introduced Greg Meneer, who brought greetings on behalf of Manitoba Hydro, who sponsors the Holiday Express Tour. The symphony was spectacular, performing Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Sleigh Ride and many more. Soloist Ashley Klassen sang beautifully in the operetta style. Our ‘Who Wants to Play in the Symphony?’ contest winners had a lot of fun with conductor Richard Lee during the Champagne Polka. He would point to them when he wanted them to fire their ‘champagne popper,’ a small device that makes the sound of a champagne bottle opening. At one point he spun around as if to point at one of them, but then just continued spinning—a humorous gesture which got the crowd laughing. Richard also enjoyed a pretend glass of champagne at the end of the song, served up by Katimavik volunteer Justin Simms. The Hanover Symphony Singers youth choir, decked out in black, white and red, performed three numbers, directed by Millie Hildebrand. They also performed Somewhere in My Memory from Home Alone with the orchestra, which was a real hit. The evening ended with a sing along, where Richard Lee referred to the audience as another huge choir. It was a memorable way to end the night, all singing together in celebration of the holiday season. Please see the ‘Who wants to Play with the Symphony?’ winning ballots below:

“Ever since I was in grade 4 when I first got this paper, I was SO excited! I was so disappointed when I didn’t get picked. Now that I have another chance I’d love to win this! I’m a good kid. I will not disturb the instructor and I really know how to beat a rhythm. I’m really good on stage (I’ve won 3rd place in the Provincial French Poetry contest) and I have musical talents (I can play the piano). I would be ever so grateful if I went with the WSO!” – Daniel, Grade 6 Mitchell Middle school

“I would like to play the champagne poppers with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra because I always wanted to play the champagne poppers and I want my dream coming true and it will probably be fun playing it with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and my parents and friends will be proud of me.” – Nancy, Grade 6 Green Valley school

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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!

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