Fifty students from the Selkirk Secondary Music program traveled to Calgary last week to take in a Calgary Philharmonic Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a new work by Stephen Chatman called A Song of Joys.
Students were obviously enthralled by the power of Beethoven’s Ninth, and were also moved by the world premiere of Chatman’s beautiful and thrilling new work. Also a choral work, “A Song of Joys,” had several moving adagio sections tempered by thrilling virtuoso drum and percussion solos.
Selkirk Music students also performed with the Kimberley Community Band in April, The Kimberley Community Choir in March, workshopped with internationally renowned choral director Sarona Mynhardt in February, and are busily preparing for Legally Blonde this month and the final concert of the season in June.
Selkirk’s year-end concert will be held on Wednesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at McKim Theatre, and admission will be by donation. Band and Choir students have been hard at work revisiting and reinventing familiar material as well as learning new material to present to audiences. Admission is by donation and all proceeds from concerts go to supporting trips like the Calgary trip last week. Come out on June 11 to see the 60-person strong music program put on an awesome show.
Legally Blonde runs at McKim Theatre from Wednesday May 21 to Saturday May 24, with five shows in all. With nearly every student in the production also heavily involved in the music program this show promises fantastic acting, singing, and dancing. Directed by Bob McCue and Sven Heyde and choreographed by Selkirk students Clara MacLeod and Courtney Crawford, Legally Blonde is a fun, upbeat show with great music.
As with all past productions Legally Blonde is a huge community effort, with parents and community volunteers organizing costumes and props, building sets, and playing in the orchestra pit. There is a fantastic orchestra in this show, comprised of several amazing local musicians, with one member coming in from as far away as Nelson to play.
Legally Blonde runs at McKim Theatre from May 21-24 and tickets are now on sale at McKim School in Cranbrook and Lotus Books in Kimberley. Tickets are $12, with $5 student tickets on Thursday night the 22nd, and $5 seniors’ tickets for the matinée on Saturday the 24.