Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The 89th annual Swift Current & District Music Festival concluded with a musical and awards program at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, May 4. The festival provides an opportunity for amateur musicians to perform and showcase their talent. The festival took place during March and April. The various categories of adjudication were strings and guitars, band and instrumental solos, piano, school music and speech arts, choral, voice and musical theatre. There were 278 solo participants and 964 participants in the school music and band categories. Three choral groups took part in the festival, involving about 60 people. The festival awarded over $6,000 in scholarships. Participants in the different categories were evaluated at adjudicated sessions and the festival concluded with the Xtravaganza, where award presentations were made to the category winners and a number of the winners performed to the audience. The following festival competitors received recommendations to participate in the finals for the provincial competition: Katherine Cacal (piano solo), Naomi Derksen (woodwind solo), Mandy Friesen (musical theatre) Anthony Merkel (brass solo), Jeremy Ponting (musical theatre), Dawnella Rude (musical theatre), Justine Sletten (vocal solo), Prairie Spirit Choir (choral), Meistersingers (choral), and Swift Current Comprehensive High School Chamber Singers (choral – national recommendation).

 

Maverick School's 12th annual Through our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 2 and 3. Both nights were sold out and raised a total of $24,460 for the school's arts and outdoor education programs. This was the highest amount ever raised by the event through a combination of ticket sales, business sponsorship, as well as the live and silent auction of art works by student and professional artists on both nights. The winners of each night's 50/50 draw also donated the money back to Maverick School. Each evening featured musical performances by talented Maverick students. Many of them were first year performers at the event, but long hours of preparation were evident from the polished performances by all 22 students.

 

For the last show of the season, the Blenders Music Series is excited to present the Slocan Ramblers on Saturday, April 21 at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current.

A creek bank stabilization project along the Chinook Parkway in Swift Current will prevent any damage to the trail.

Some careful planning is taking place to come up with a design solution for the repair work on one of the oldest permanent structures in Swift Current.

The Swift Current Oratorio Choir is celebrating 45 years of making music in Swift Current, with a special performance of Handel's Messiah on Sunday April 15.

Mothers and their newborn babies as well as emergency room patients at the Cypress Regional Hospital are benefitting from recent equipment purchases that were funded by the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.

The Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce has adopted a new strategic plan to achieve its goal to be the most influential business association in southwest Saskatchewan.

A variety of community groups in Swift Current will receive funding from the Saskatchewan Lotteries grant program.

People showed their support for an emergency youth shelter in southwest Saskatchewan during a rally in front of Dorie's House in Swift Current, March 28.

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