Choir Kids! kicks off

It’s once again time for Choir Kids!, the RDSO’s spring celebration of youth and music. For the 12th year, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra musicians will share the stage with choirs from various Central Alberta elementary schools.

It’s once again time for Choir Kids!, the RDSO’s spring celebration of youth and music.

For the 12th year, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra musicians will share the stage with choirs from various Central Alberta elementary schools.

This year’s performances, involving 19 regional schools, will be held on two Mondays, March 22 and 29, at the New Life Fellowship Church at 20 Kelloway Cres. in Red Deer.

Choirs from Blackfalds, Lacombe, Leslieville, Innisfail, Sylvan Lake, Rocky, and Red Deer, will be featured at either the 6 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. concert on either Monday.

Participating elementary music teachers have taught their students an array of songs — from campfire tunes to old favorites like On the Railroad, to novelties, such as The Crawdad Song.

And in each case, conductor Claude Lapalme has arranged the music for full orchestral accompaniment.

This one-of-a-kind program offers children the opportunity to rehearse and perform with a professional orchestra.

RDSO’s Choir Kids! program started as a pilot project in 1999, and has become an annual event at the conclusion of each season.

Choirs rehearse in their classrooms for three months, then have an exclusive rehearsal with the RDSO just before each performance.

As a bonus, a grand finale featuring four or five choirs singing as one is a “spectacular,” don’t-miss experience at the end of each concert, said Audrey Reid, RDSO administrative assistant.

Tickets are $10 through participating schools or the RDSO office.