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Members of the Brandon Community Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Chris McConnell, perform during Sunday’s Celebrate Christmas concert held at city hall. The orchestra will visit Souris this Sunday.
This Sunday, the Souris Glenwood Community Hall will be alive with the sounds of Christmas when the Brandon Community Orchestra comes to town.
Back to Souris by popular demand, the orchestra will be joined by the Souris Community Choir for a medley of festive carols.
The 40-voice choir — with members from Souris, Elgin and Wawanesa — has been practising for this joint venture, learning new harmonies for many Christmas favourites.
As well, a choir from the Filipino community in Souris will be sharing one of their carols — "Kay Sigla Ng Gabi (Noche Buena)"; Laura Symons will sing "Under the Star," and one of Souris’ Brazilian exchange students, Helio Fernando Oliveira Jr., will be playing the well-known Christmas carol, "O Holy Night" on flugelhorn.
The Brandon Community Orchestra was founded in 1986 with Blain Dunaway as conductor. Since then, seven other conductors have taken the podium, with Chris McConnell currently wielding the baton.
The orchestra is a collection of dedicated individuals coming from different backgrounds, professions, abilities and regions for one unified purpose — to create and share music for all to enjoy.
The members meet each week to play, listen and learn. Some travel an hour or more to play in the group — a testimonial to their dedication and the reason why the orchestra is a "community" organization.
Several of the current musicians are founding members.
While the orchestra enjoys playing traditional classical music, it balances performances with music from Broadway shows, movies and standard pops. The diversity of the repertoire provides members with opportunities to experience various playing styles, including jazz and swing.
The Souris District Arts Council is thrilled to be able to host Sunday’s Christmas celebration, and guests will be treated to an evening of fine fair fit for the festive season. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets — adult $16, student $10 or family $42 — must be purchased in advance. They’re available at Plaza Petals or callSharon Dunn at 204-483-2001 to reserve.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 11, 2013