The Swift Current Oratorio Choir (SCOC) performed Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater, a meditation on the suffering of Mary as she stands beneath the cross where Jesus is crucified, with Canadian mezzo-soprano Renée Brad and the Regina Symphony Chamber Players, directed by Greg McLean, at the Bridgeway Community Church, April 13. The choir's spring performance also included Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria in D major with Brad and lyric soprano Jordanne Erichsen as soloists. SCOC members previously performed the Stabat Mater at Carnegie Hall in New York on Jan. 20, when they participated in a mass choir performance to celebrate Jenkins' 70th birthday. SCOC members who perform as the auditioned choral group Prairie Spirit Chamber Singers will be in concert at the Swift Current Art Gallery on May 8, The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at Pharmasave.


 The Swift Current Ag & Ex hosted the educational event Discover the Farm: A Farm Facts Experience at Kinetic Exhibition Park from April 10 to 12. It was open to school groups during the first two days and close to 600 students from across southwest Saskatchewan attended. The two-hour program included 12 exhibits where they learned more about animal care, food production and farm safety. The event, which included a poultry and exotic animal sale, was open to the public on April 12 and there was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. 

Over 25 club members participated in the Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do club's “Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains” break-a-thon fundraising event on April 12 to raise money for the work done by the International Justice Mission (IJM) to end modern-day slavery. Club members collected pledges in the run-up to the event and each participant used martial arts techniques to break three boards. The club exceeded their fundraising goal of $2,000 by raising a total of $4,341. There are 29.8 million slaves in the world and IJM investigates, rescues and rehabilitates these victims of oppression.

The Swift Current & District Music Festival Association's Xtravaganza, which took place at the Church of the Open Bible on April. 6, concluded three weeks of competition with an evening of musical performances and award presentations to the winners in numerous categories, including vocal and musical theatre, choral and band, piano, guitar and strings. The major festival awards were presented to Iris Gosiengfiao (most promising junior piano), Chloe Golden (most promising intermediate piano), Presley Reddekopp (outstanding performance for intermediate piano), Brennan Schommer (outstanding performance for intermediate voice), Lauren Levorson-Wong (most promising intermediate musical theatre), Madisson Andrzejewski (most distinguished senior piano) and Austin Castle (most distinguished senior strings). Festival adjudicators recommended Presley Reddekopp (piano), Lauren Levorson-Wong (vocal), Brennan Schommer (vocal and brass) and Austin Castle (strings) for the provincial finals competition while the SCCHS Meistersingers and SCCHS Chamber Singers were recommended for the Saskatchewan level of national competition. The Swift Current music festival, which started in 1929, is one of 48 similar competitions taking place annually around the province.


The Waldeck Warriors Junior Girls basketball team won the 2013/14 SWAC Junior Girls Basketball Championship after defeating the Swift Comprehensive High School Ardens team in a nail-biting finish with a score of 63-59. The match, played at Waldeck School on Feb. 27, kept fans on the edge of their seats as the teams battled during the final minutes for the lead. The Warriors got off to a strong start and was leading 41-27 at halftime, but the Ardens fought back and with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter the teams were tied at 57 points. Two late baskets gave the home team the edge and the Ardens added two points on free throws.


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