36th Wetaskiwin Music Festival Is Upon Us

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With 350 entries, 1200 participants, seven accomplished adjudicators, and five venues running throughout the week of Mar 20th to 27th. This year’s Wetaskiwin Music Festival promises to once again bring a wave of talent and entertainment throughout the city.

An invite is extended to community members who appreciate piano, stringed instruments, vocal, choir, bands and musical theatre. They will join parents, grandparents, siblings and friends as they support the many performers who are anywhere from just starting out to being highly skilled artists in one or many disciplines.

Just one of the talented and accomplished adjudicators is Michael Coburn, a native of Waterloo, Ontario. Michael began piano lessons at the age of six, obtaining his A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2002, and in 2006 received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary where he concentrated on piano performance and conducting. At the University, Michael had the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed artists such as Paul Badura-Skoda and Emanuel Krasovsky. In 2004 and 2005 he attended the Académie Musicale Internationale “Barbara Krakauer” in Vaison-la-Romaine, France, and in 2006 was featured as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Michael is representative of the quality music program that has been established over many years in Wetaskiwin by its gifted teachers, students and organizers of festivals such as this one. It is well worth making the time to attend.

Junior Piano will be hosted at the Church of God Friday night, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Piano, Strings and Choir can be seen at the United Church Saturday through Wednesday. Vocal and Musical Theatre can be found at Ebenezer Baptist Church Monday and Tuesday. Bands and Instrumental will be playing at the Sacred Heart School on Wednesday and Bands and Jazz Band at the High School.

For more information, please contact Bev Sweet at (780) 3527339.

Photo: Michael Coburn, just one of many accomplished adjudicators at this year’s Music Festival to be held March 20 – 26, with an awards concert on Mar 27. Photo submitted.