Monday 7:00 PM
One show only "Chicks with Sticks"
Chicks With Sticks is a dynamic trio of female woodwind artists who love touring the province of Saskatchewan to bring woodwind trio repertoire to diverse audiences. These ladies originally formed the "Chicks With Sticks" group in the spring of 2012 to play in several long term care facilities, and completed a tour of the Hudson Bay Health Region, visiting ten different communities.
Beautifully sparkling with shiniest stick, Randi Nelson is principal flutist with the Saskatoon Symphony and on the teaching faculty at the University of Saskatchewan. When she's not performing in various groups or teaching, Randi enjoys spending time in her garden.
Our loudest stick belongs to Erin Brophey, who joined the Saskatoon Symphony as principal oboist in 2009 and also joined the teaching faculty at the University of Saskatchewan. Erin previously held the position of section oboe and English Horn with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for eight seasons. Besides keeping busy with teaching and freelancing in many different groups across the country, Erin has her hands full with her new daughter, Ruby.
With the biggest stick, Stephanie Unverricht moved back to Saskatchewan in 2011 as principal bassoonist with the Saskatoon Symphony. Stephanie plays bassoon and other instruments with her semi-experimental alternative folk music band Minor Matter, and teaches bassoon and guitar around the province.
Tuesday 6:00 and 8:00 PM
Depending on who you ask, Steven Palmer’s voice is like “a cool shady tree on a hot summer’s day” (Scott Cook, AB) or it’s like “a warm blanket on a cold winter’s night” (Jericho Folk Club, BC). Adding his smooth Travis style picking, his accomplished 12 string guitar picking, and his 40 plus years of touring experience and the result is a smooth, sweet, and versatile performer. Drawing his experience from country and folk legends like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Merle Travis and the Carter Family, Steven Palmer presents a joyous blending of original and traditional Country/Folk, Gospel, Blues and Ragtime.
For this special performance, Steve will be joined by Kelly Sapergia
and drummer Steve Leidal. Kelly is an accomplished keyboardist, web
DJ, and video game composer. Steve teaches drumset and percussion at
the University of Regina and performs regularily with the Rusty Augers
Wednesday 6:00 and 8:00 PM
Arlene Shiplett's Horn Choir
Arlene Shiplett is the brass instructor for the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, Administrative Assistant for the North Saskatchewan Wind Symphony, and works at Musicraft Instrument Repair. She also teaches horn at the University of Saskatchewan as well as private teaching and coaching. Arlene formed the Saskatoon Horn Choir in 2002. It has become a group made up of horn players from every adult band and orchestra in Saskatoon. The horn choir performs several concerts during the Christmas season and in the spring. There is also a junior form of this group. Most participants are private students of Arlene’s and they will be the Night Show guest artists at the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival in May, 2013.
The Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival, (formerly International), for over 60 years has had a wonderful collection of guest artists perform for its evening concerts. To help celebrate our 60th Anniversary, we featured the True Jive Pluckers one evening and the National Youth Band of Canada on the second evening. Two fantastic programs!
In the past, Moose Jaw audiences have been treated to the virtuoso musicianship of world-renowned artists such as Rafael Mendez, Sigurd Rascher, and Buddy DeFranco. More recently, the True North Brass from Toronto performed an amazing show to a standing-room-only audience at the Mae Wilson Theatre. We've heard from some wonderful bands as well, including some of the best military bands from Canada and the United States, as well as one of our all time favourites, Canada's own RCMP Concert Band.
We have been privileged to frequently have the Air Command Band from Winnipeg as our guest artists and we hope to have them back in the near future.