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Red Deer Symphony Orchestra invites you to the 2024-2025 season!

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The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra is a community-oriented professional performing arts leader dedicated to engaging, educating, and inspiring Central Alberta through music.

Despite a successful 2023-24 season featuring diverse musical performances and collaborations, the RDSO faces funding cuts and has launched an advocacy campaign for new operational funds. Historically supported by the City of Red Deer, recent policy changes have reduced available grants, impacting the orchestra’s budget and programming. Donations to the RDSO are being accepted online.

Join us with a Full Season Subscription!

The most music for the best price!

Not only do full-season subscribers get the first pick of the best seats, they also hear the most music for the best price. Buy a full-season subscription and you’ll receive all SIX of our Main Series concerts for the price of FIVE – you get an evening of Red Deer’s finest live music for free!

Full-season subscribers have the opportunity to save their seats before anyone else, and receive “Subscribers Only” benefits throughout the season. Additionally, subscribers receive $10 off extra single tickets: you can bring friends and share the music with them too!

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Four-Concert Subscription

Curate your own season!

RDSO offers four-concert subscriptions for those who prefer to curate their own season, so you can enjoy a selection of RDSO’s exciting 2023-24 performances and get the satisfaction of knowing that you are actively supporting Central Alberta’s flagship performing arts organization!

Choose any four of RDSO’s six 2024-25 Main Series Concerts and save your seat in the concert hall!

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Three-Concert Subscription

Curate your own season!

RDSO offers three-concert subscriptions for those who prefer to curate their own season, so you can enjoy a selection of RDSO’s exciting 2023-24 performances and get the satisfaction of knowing that you are actively supporting Central Alberta’s flagship performing arts organization!

Choose any three of RDSO’s six 2024-25 Main Series Concerts and save your seat in the concert hall!

For Any Three Concerts!

In 1987, the population of this fair city was just under 55,000 and the Red Deer College Arts Centre had just opened its doors when a gentleman by the name of Howard Mar took his vision of a community symphonic orchestra in Red Deer, enlisted the financial support to the tune of $165,000 from Red Deer’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch #35, rallied his friends and fellow patrons of the arts, gathered a group of musicians both amateur and professional and… created the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra!

Dr. Alan Johnson, former head of Obstetrics at the RDRHC and the first president of the RDSO said of the beginning: “It was mostly Howard, really. As far as my involvement was concerned and you can quote me – I’ve been at many deliveries before but this one has got to be one of the biggest.”  Mr. Mar was the parent; the community delivered and nurtured the creation.

There have been many changes in the last three decades: the population has grown and so has your symphony.  Under the creative and talented guidance of Maestro Claude Lapalme, the caring guardianship of many, many board members and volunteers throughout the years, the support of numerous patrons, sponsors and funding agencies, the RDSO has matured from a community based, semi-professional orchestra to a fully professional symphony orchestra, employing union musicians.  We have moved from a four-concert season with a budget of $71,000 and an apprenticeship program, to a seven-concert season with a budget of over $500,000 and a range of musical education experiences.

Our community programs include the Dress Rehearsal program that is aimed at making the RDSO accessible to anyone, the Choir Kids program (where children in the Red Deer schools get a chance to publicly perform their songs arranged by our Maestro and played by the symphony); and the budding Music + Explorers program, which is an El Sistema-inspired after school social development program that uses music as a lever to engage socio-economically challenged kids in North Red Deer in creative and artistic activities that improve their quality of life.

Although much has changed, much has also remained the same. We are still run by a volunteer board that works very hard to keep the music playing. We are still financially reliant on the generosity of our local patrons and businesses. We still hold to the original vision of providing educational experiences with symphonic music for central Alberta. We still share the stage with amateur musicians, groups from around the area such as the Red Deer Royals, the Red Deer College Choir, the Lindsay Thurber Composite High School’s choirs, the Rosedale Valley Strings, Soliloquy, and the Red Deer Youth Orchestra.

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City of Red Deer

Upgrades to Woody’s Athletic Park begin next week

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New track sub-surface and rubber overlay, curbing and barrier-free pedestrian access are all part of the upcoming construction project at Woody’s Athletic Park. On June 26 construction crews will begin mobilizing at the athletic park next to Lindsay Thurber High School to begin the nearly three-month project.

The project will see the replacement of the track’s sub-surface and rubber overlay, installation of inside lane curbing, and creation of barrier-free access throughout the amenity. These upgrades will allow for Woody’s Athletic Park to achieve World Athletics Certification. Obtaining this certification will allow groups to host provincial, national and even international competitions.

“The upgrades to the park will help us to achieve World Athletics Certification, providing more opportunity to attract large scale track and field events to our community,” said Kristin Walsh, Safe & Healthy Communities Manager. “Woody’s Athletic Park already hosts many local competitions, but with the upgrades, there will be an opportunity to host provincial, national, even international events right here in Red Deer.”

Phase One – where we are at:

The first phase will see the existing rubber surface removed to repair and resurface 40-year-old sub-surface, as well as the construction of barrier-free pedestrian pathways to access the park. This phase is anticipated to take about a month. Once complete, the asphalt will sit for about two weeks as a requirement of the new synthetic topcoat surface.

Phase Two – where we’ll go next:

The second phase will begin in August, and it will include the rubber overlay on the track as well as curbing on the inside of turns or lane 1. The new rubber overlay will be red, rather than the current black surface.

Community impact

The impact to the community includes no access to the athletic park during construction until the anticipated re-opening date of September 15. There will be signage and additional fencing to restrict access to the construction area to eliminate risk to the general public, as with any construction site. There should be no impact to surrounding roads, pathways and trails. There may be minor disruptions in the initial set up of the construction access early July, and potential interruption as construction equipment access the site throughout the project.

The user groups who regularly book the track during the summer have found alternate locations to train and compete this year during the closure.

Woody’s Athletic Park is maintained and booked by The City of Red Deer. The total budget for this project is $1.45 million. The project is funded by The City of Red Deer, Red Deer Public School Division, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, Red Deer Titans Track & Field Club, and sponsorship.

The name

The renaming of the amenity to Woody’s Athletic Park occurred in 2023, following a financial contribution by long-time resident, Woody Paylor. Permanent signage featuring the new name will be installed throughout the construction project.

Related link: Enhancing recreation through community partnership

Contact Information

Address: 4204-58 Street (map)
Located on Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School grounds.

For booking information contact Facility and Park Rentals or email [email protected] or call your bookings specialist at 403-309-8421. Our bookings specialist will ask you for details of your planned event, discuss amenities and walk you through the bookings process.

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Crime

Large amount of drugs, firearms seized from Red Deer home

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News release from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

Five firearms were seized alongside nearly a quarter million dollars’ in drugs and cash after a Red Deer home was searched.

ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime team searched the home on May 23, 2024 with help from Red Deer RCMP. The home, located in the Eastview neighbourhood, contained a large amount of drugs and firearms with five suspects being arrested.

“None of these firearms were lawfully possessed and are instruments of the drug trade. There’s an inherent violence with drug trafficking that threatens all of our safety,” said Insp. Brad Lundeen, ALERT Regional.

The drugs seized have an estimated street value of $220,000 and include:

  • Five firearms;
  • 670 grams of cocaine;
  • 336 grams of MDMA;
  • 90 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 76 suspected methamphetamine pills;
  • 71 opioid pills;
  • 494 illicit prescription pills;
  • 4.4 litres of GHB;
  • 1,313 grams of cannabis;
  • $96,440 cash.

One of the firearms, a loaded 40-caliber handgun, had previously been reported as stolen. Two of the firearms also had their serial number tampered. The seized firearms will be sent to ALERT’s Provincial Firearms Solutions Lab for ballistics testing and analysis.

Five suspects, ranging in age from 32 to 51 years old, were arrested but charges have yet to been laid. The investigation remains ongoing as investigators prepare reports and disclosure for Crown Counsel.

ALERT’s investigation began in January 2024 in response to drug trafficking in the Red Deer area.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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