Piatta Forma Singers Perform With The Black Gold Community Band

Pipestone Flyer

Leduc choir Piatta Forma Singers joined the Black Gold Community Band in an outstanding concert held at Peace Lutheran Church in Leduc city’s downtown core, on the evening of Saturday December 6th.

Piatta Forma Singers, a community choir, was founded in 1994 by the dynamic and talented Arlene Klonteig who was the proud recipient of the City of Leduc’s 2013 Culture and Heritage Recognition Award. The choir now comprises 47 members of various ages who all share wonderful vocal talents. Don Steenwinkel, music and musical teacher at Leduc Composite High (LCHS), is the interim choir director while Ms. Klonteig is battling health concerns (our best wishes for her recovery). Happy with his new role, Don hopes to help strengthen the choir’s brand name, and to continue the great musical tradition created by Ms. Klonteig.

Accompanied by Kathy Regehr, the first act of the Piatta Forma Singers’ concert was a wonderful blend of unique versions of traditional Christmas songs. One piece was ‘Vuelie’ which was much acclaimed as part of the ‘Frozen’ music score.

The second act, ‘Three Gifts: A Christmas Cantata’ was crafted by three American composers and brilliantly narrated by Rebecca Hiller and Lucas Paterson, both LCHS students.

Mr. Steenwinkel encouraged the audience to sing along with the choir twice and at the very end, the choir and guests all sang a traditional Silent Night. Several solos were much appreciated; Murray Grunwald and Janice Egleston were impressive performers, while Tanya Chrapko, a Calmar native and experienced singer, joined three youthful singers in their own impressive solos.

The Black Gold Community Band is a group of fifteen gifted musicians, playing wind instruments, piano and drums. Formed in 1987, it is now directed by youthful Carly Loewen who is a Thorsby school teacher. The tuba in particular was a strong presence in each musical piece.

Their seasonal selections were well-chosen and perfectly performed. Interestingly, a guest clarinetist hails from Australia, Sonya Elek is here with her two sons and husband Peter Elek who is soon ending a one-year teacher exchange at Notre Dame School. Sonya also sang in the first act of the Piatta Forma Singers’ performance.

A mid-concert collection was to benefit the Leduc & District Food Bank which continues to support the less fortunate residents of our region, and invites anyone interested to go get a tour of its facility.

Piatta Forma Singers is starting a new season in January, and invites hopeful singers to attend its first rehearsal at Peace Lutheran on January 8 at 7pm. All in all, it was a wonderful concert and will be presented again next year.

Pictured: Piatta Forma Singers entertain alongside of the Black Gold Community Band. Photo by Dominique Vrolyk

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta has 3,651 active cases of COVID-19. (File photo)
432 new COVID cases sets another record Friday

Central zone holds steady at 126 active cases

"We are looking seriously at the spread and determining what our next steps should be," says Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, as the daily number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb.
427 new COVID cases is highest in Alberta ever

Central zone has 126 active cases of COVID-19

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Temporary COVID-19 testing sites coming to Wetaskiwin and Ponoka

The Wetaskiwin location will open Oct. 23, 2020 and the Ponoka location will open Oct. 29.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
City and County of Wetaskiwin reporting active cases

Both the City of Wetaskiwin and County of Wetaskiwin have active cases.

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the Covid-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday March 20, 2020. nbsp;Alberta is reporting it's highest daily number of COVID-19 cases, with 364 new infections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta confirmed 323 COVID-19 cases Tuesday

Central zone active cases at 145

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. NDP leader John Horgan and B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau. (Black Press Media)
VIDEO: One day until B.C. voters go to the polls in snap election defined by pandemic

NDP Leader John Horgan’s decision to call an election comes more than a year ahead of schedule and during a pandemic

This photo provided by Air Force Reserve shows a sky view of Hurricane Epsilon taken by Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter team over the Atlantic Ocean taken Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.   Epsilon’s maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly as it prepares to sideswipe Bermuda on a path over the Atlantic Ocean.  The National Hurricane Center says it should come close enough Thursday, Oct. 22, evening to merit a tropical storm warning for the island.  (Air Force Reserve via AP)
Hurricane Epsilon expected to remain offshore but will push waves at Atlantic Canada

Epsilon is not expected to have any real impact on land

A voter places her absentee ballot in the ballot box, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Robert F. Bukaty
American voters living in Canada increasingly being counted in presidential race

The largest number of Canadian-based American voters cast their ballots in New York and California

A composite image of three photographs shows BC NDP Leader John Horgan, left, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Sept. 25, 2020; BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau, centre, in Victoria on Sept. 24, 2020; and BC Liberal Party Leader Andrew Wilkinson Pitt Meadows, B.C., on Sept. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck, Chad Hipolito
British Columbia votes in snap election called during COVID-19 pandemic

NDP Leader John Horgan called the snap election one year before the fixed voting date

Nunavut's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, on Tuesday June 30, 2020. The annual report from Nunavut's representative for children and youth says "complacency and a lack of accountability" in the territory's public service means basic information about young people needing services isn’t tracked. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Nunavut’s young people ‘should be expecting more’ from government services: advocate

‘The majority of information we requested is not tracked or was not provided by departments’

Ryen Williams, 11, with a lost miniature horse at JJ Collett Oct. 23. Photo by Don Williams
UPDATE: Owners found

Father and son found him while out for a walk at JJ Collett

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

U.S. border officers at the Peace Arch crossing arrested two men on California warrants this week. (File photo)
Ottawa predicts system delays, backlogs unless court extends life of refugee pact

Canada and the United States recognize each other as safe places to seek protection

Conservative member of Parliament Michelle Rempel Garner, left to right, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and Conservative Deputy Leader Candice Bergen arrive to hold a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
No-confidence showdown over sweeping Tory motion on government handling of pandemic

The Conservative motion is to be put to a vote Monday and has the support of both the Bloc Québécois and NDP

Most Read