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RDSO closes season in style

It was a big, cymbals-crashing, kettle drum-booming finish for the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra’s season on Friday night at the Red Deer College Arts Centre.

You’ve got to hand it to Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky for really knowing how to wrap up a composition — in this case with his famous, grandiose Great Gate of Kiev theme from his Pictures at an Exhibition. READ

CAT comes back to Black Knight Inn

Central Alberta Theatre has come full circle, returning to the Black Knight Inn for its dinner theatre shows starting this fall. READ

Hoja serves up modern take on a cappella singing

The three young guys in Hoja perform Beyonce’s Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), complete with the whole thigh-jiggling, butt-slapping dance routine. It kinda gives new meaning to a cappella singing, admitted Matt Deroche, of the vocal trio. READ

Flippin' fiddler returns with sister

Canada’s “flippin’ fiddler” Scott Woods is returning to Red Deer — with a sibling in tow. READ

McDermott sings songs of the Isles

He gets a phone call from an orbiting astronaut, performance requests from the Kennedys, and a Bob Hope Award for supporting veteran’s causes. You could say quitting his day job turned into quite an adventure for Canadian singer John McDermott. READ

Gopher Hole Museum showcased in new doc on CBC site

Whether tickled, appalled or intrigued, 5,000 people from around the world have been finding their way annually to Torrington’s Gopher Hole Museum. Husband-and-wife filmmakers, Chelsea McMullan and Douglas Nayler, have been among the visitors, returning over a five-year period. In the process, they made the 15-minute documentary, World Famous Gopher Hole Museum, which is described as a “wistful ode” to the resourceful residents of a fading Prairie town. READ

St. James is spicing up country music

“Full-throttle,” boot-stomping, rabble-rousing country music, according to singer Ginger St. James, is best performed in Alberta. READ

RDSO and ESO combine forces to paint Mussorgsky's Pictures

Ah, the things that spark musical inspiration … For Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky it was his friend’s artworks. For Red Deer Symphony Orchestra conductor Claude Lapalme, it was the historic music that had been performed under the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. READ

Johnny Summers swings into spring

The saying goes: “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Johnny Summers not only heeded that advice, he wrote a song about it. READ

National attention for local hip-hop group

Red Deer hip-hop band Midwest Mindset has jumped from the Alberta bar circuit into the national spotlight. READ

New doc puts spotlight on wolf killings in Alberta

The inhumane and indiscriminate poisoning, snaring and shooting of thousands of Alberta wolves could soon be judged by a global audience, says local conservationist Anna-Marie Ferguson. READ

Tree House wraps season with one-act plays

Tree House Youth Theatre’s young actors are honing their singing and acting talents for the year-end show. READ

Rockin' and rollin' in photos

Dave Flewwelling’s concert photographs pulsate with the energy and passion of the rock and roots acts he’s captured across North America. The Red Deer owner of Moloich Photography Ltd. is showing 29 music-related images at the white gallery adjoining Sunworks. READ

Tyson's wit as irreverent as ever

Ian Tyson told nearly 700 Red Deer fans he has new appreciation for Alberta beef after getting a heart valve transplant from a young heifer. READ

Benefit for Fort McMurray evacuees planned for Sunday

Red Deer-area musicians and promoters are pulling together to stage a benefit concert Sunday for the people of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray. READ

Reunion marks mother's spirit

It was Katalin Papp’s dearest wish to see all of her seven children united together, under one roof. Although Papp died of a heart attack in 1998 after being able to raise only three of her seven kids, all of her now middle-aged children will be celebrating their mother’s survivor spirit when they arrive for what could be their first and last complete gathering. READ

Awesome, photographic art for First Friday in May

Some “awesome art,” photographic art and do-it-yourself art are part of May’s First Friday gallery openings in Red Deer. READ

Peters is a ukulele sensation

Jake Peters is about to earn some respect for the humble ukulele. READ

Steele teaches songwriting at SongRise

Aspiring songwriters will write new tunes, record them, and perform them for an audience, at the SongRise Music Industry Conference and Showcase in Red Deer. READ

More captures Sylvan Lake summer

Central Alberta artist Dave More is getting a jump on summer with his first-ever figurative exhibit, based on Sylvan Lake beach-goers. READ

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