RDSO concert at Bower Ponds was delightful and fun

A big thank you to the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and maestro Claude Lapalme, for the delightful (free!) concert, “a gift to the community,” presented at the Bower Ponds Stage on Sunday afternoon. We were treated to a wide variety of folk and popular music, arranged for symphony orchestra mostly by Mr. Lapalme, starting with an orchestral arrangement of Ian Tyson’s Four Strong Winds, which, as Mr. Lapalme said in his introduction, was a thankful reminder that this afternoon’s weather was a lot more pleasant than Saturday’s blustery, cool weather at the orchestra’s Jazz Concert at Sylvan Lake!

A big thank you to the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and maestro Claude Lapalme, for the delightful (free!) concert, “a gift to the community,” presented at the Bower Ponds Stage on Sunday afternoon.

We were treated to a wide variety of folk and popular music, arranged for symphony orchestra mostly by Mr. Lapalme, starting with an orchestral arrangement of Ian Tyson’s Four Strong Winds, which, as Mr. Lapalme said in his introduction, was a thankful reminder that this afternoon’s weather was a lot more pleasant than Saturday’s blustery, cool weather at the orchestra’s Jazz Concert at Sylvan Lake!

The quite large audience, sitting in folding chairs and on blankets, responded heartily to the cleverly arranged rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and other songs from across Canada (I particularly enjoyed Mon Pays and another folk song from Quebec), and the orchestra, too, seemed to be having fun, playing the “non-classical” music!

With gratitude,

Jeff Challoner

Red Deer