Wintersong tradition returns to the Dekker Centre this weekend

By Roger White
December 9, 2016 - 3:02pm

A Battlefords holiday tradition will continue this weekend.

This Sunday, the Dekker Centre presents Wintersong, featuring the combined talents of the Battlefords Junior and Preparatory Choirs, the Gallery Singers and the Kamala Youth Choir with a matinee at 3 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m.

“We have a wide range of entertainment that I’m sure everyone will enjoy,” co-artistic director JoAnne Kasper said. “The choirs are made up of many talented people ranging in age from five to some in their eighties. This allows us to do cute fun songs to traditional carols arranged in a unique way. Plus we have a lot of collaboration between the choirs as well.”

Kasper will help direct the show along with Dianne Gryba.

She said one of the highlights of the show will be the return of two former choir members Matthew Armet and Tricia Florence who will be performing solos as well as joining the choirs for a few selections. They will be joined by seasoned musicians Tom Kroczynski on bass while Jan Michael Bourgeois and Connor Newton lend their musical expertise on percussion and saxophone respectively.

“The concert has been an annual event since the choirs were formed in 2000. The title Wintersong was given to the concert after a show several years back contained a lot of winter songs. The name kind of stuck with us since,” Kasper said.


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