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Oratorio Choir prepares for concerts in Shaunavon and Swift Current in Dec.

Written by  Lesley Oakman
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The Swift Current Oratorio Choir celebrates the beginning of the Christmas season by presenting “Once Upon a Winter’s Night”.

After a long fall, winter is arriving in southwest Saskatchewan. Snow has fallen, the temperatures are dropping, and the season for Christmas music is beginning. However, “Once Upon a Winter’s Night” is more than just Christmas. The choir will present a wide range of music, including a collection of contemporary and traditional arrangements of Christmas songs and carols, as well as folk songs and spirituals. The concert will also feature a presentation of Brother Heinrich’s Christmas, a musical Christmas fable.
The concert will also feature Prairie Spirit, a smaller, auditioned choral group in Swift Current. It is relatively new, and originally began as a chamber group within the Oratorio Choir. The two choirs continue their close association even as Prairie Spirit has grown and taken on a life of its own. Both choirs are directed by Marcia McLean. Amy Wiens is the accompanist for the Oratorio Choir, while Prairie Spirit is accompanied by Sheila Braun.
The Swift Current Oratorio Choir is continuing to build on more than 40 years of choral music in the Swift Current area. Its members range in age from high school students to seniors in their 90s and every age in between, who get together every week to rehearse and to share the love of singing. While it is a community choir based in Swift Current, it draws members from all over southwest Saskatchewan.
With so much support for the Oratorio Choir from all over the southwest, the choir will perform two concerts, with a performance in Shaunavon in addition to their concert in Swift Current.
“Once Upon a Winter’s Night” will be performed at Centre Street United Church in Shaunavon on Sunday Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., and on Monday Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Zion Mennonite Church in Swift Current.
Tickets for each concert will be $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Advance tickets for the Dec. 6 performance are available at Andersboda in Shaunavon, or at Pharmasave in Swift Current for the concert Dec. 7.

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