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Time to consider RDSO Season Tickets

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From the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra

The RDSO Reveals Upcoming Season
The 2019-2020 Season has a lot in store for central Alberta. The Main Series will deliver seven concerts with programming ranging from Pachelbel, to Lapalme, to music from Broadway.


We The North | October 5, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
Come hear music from Russia, Finland and Norway. Though conceived in icy cold climates, don’t be fooled – this music is still full of warmth. The first concert of the season will feature the newly appointed principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Arnold Choi, in the highly demanding and exciting Sinfonia Concertante by Prokofiev.
Featuring Arnold Choi, Cello
PROKOFIEV: Sinfonia Concertante
SIBELIUS: Finlandia
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite


Czech Out These Bohemians | November 2, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
Let Czech-born Edmontonian Zuzana Simurdova delight you in the very entertaining piano concertino by Bohuslav Martinů. And because there is no such thing as having too much Dvořák in life, this program will further visit the Bohemian countryside with his celebrated Serenade for Strings.
Featuring Zuzana Simurdova, Piano
MARTINŮ: Nonet
MARTINŮ: Piano Concerto
DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Strings


Stringing The Holidays Together | December 7, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
A concert for strings only, featuring the Rosedale Valley Strings Youth Orchestra playing alongside the RDSO’s string sections. This concert will feature a variety of Christmas favourites and a surprise or two.
Featuring Rosedale Valley Strings | Conductor Naomi Delafield

On Broadway | January 25, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre
The musical stage will come alive! This exciting pops concert will feature music ranging from old chestnuts to newly minted classics. From Cole Porter to Elton John, and Rogers & Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber, there will be something for everyone.
Selections From:
Rogers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Music; Cole Porter: Kiss me Kate; Claude Schönberg: Les Misérables; Elton John: The Lion King; Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady; Stephen Sondheim: “A Little Night Music”; Pasek and Paul: The Greatest Showman ; Stephen Schwartz: Wicked; Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story ; Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera


Canada On Canvas | February 22, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre
An all-Canadian tribute to the visual arts. Among works by Somers (on Picasso) and Korndorf (on Maud Lewis), there will be an exciting new premiere. Our very own Claude Lapalme is composing an important new work to celebrate and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven.
Featuring the Premiere of the “Group of Seven Suite” by Claude Lapalme

Water Music | April 18, 2020 | Gaetz Memorial United Church
Presented by the RDSO, Rosa Barroca returns with a full complement of winds to present audience favorites from the baroque period, such as the Pachelbel Canon and the Suites from Handel’s Water Music.
Presenting Rosa Barocca
PACHELBEL: Canon and Gigue
ALBIONI GIAZIOTTO: Albinoni
HANDEL: Water Music


Finale Friday | FRIDAY, June 5, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre

Corey Hamm’s triumphant return to the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. He will wow us with an energetic performance of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program will be RDSO’s concerto competition winner from Red Deer’s 2019 Festival of the Performing Arts, Kathryn Fakeley. This incredible young cellist will be performing a movement of the Kabalevsky cello concerto. The evening will end with the 1812 Overture by
Tchaikovsky. It will be a sound spectacular!
Featuring Corey Hamm, Piano & 2019 Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts Winner Kathryn Fakeley, Cello
BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 2
KABALEVSKY: Cello Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture


For information regarding Season Memberships and a downloadable 2019-2020 Season booklet visit https://www.rdso.ca/

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3 Questions for Curtis Labelle – Singer/Songwriter, Renowned Pianist and Vibrant Performer

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Move over New York City, we’ll keep him thanks.

How do I even begin? Curtis Labelle is a dream. Quite literally you may find yourself hanging out with him and actually asking yourself “am I dreaming? Did he just sell out a show by putting a plunger (yes a plunger) on his head?” True story, not only did it sell out but what a phenomenal night! If you’ve seen a show from Curtis then you know what I’m talking about. It becomes a communal effort. Everyone is part of the show. Sing-a-longs, hysterical laughter and and straight up good times.

“My fingers do the walking…”   – Curtis Labelle

Did you know that not so long ago in a land pretty far away called New York City our very own Curtis Labelle was enjoying himself and trying to figure out where he was headed in his musical journey. Yes sir, even the virtuosos like Curtis Labelle need time to ponder and contemplate where this crazy musical adventure is headed next. For a while he was even doing Liberace tributes. I’ve always told him he should take it as a compliment when ‘The FEDS’ shut you down. ‘The FEDS’ lol, thats probably not the right terminology but it sounds cool. Better said, team Liberace shut him down with the good ol’ “cease and desist” letter. They made it clear, that part of his career was over. Immediately. I remember telling Curtis that in some crazy way this was the best thing to happen to his career.

Since relocating to Red Deer Curtis has been killing it! New music, videos, teaching, getting married and just all around living life to the fullest.

I actually had the honour of performing Curtis’s very first original song on stage with him for the first time he performed it, ever. He didn’t even have his piano. He pulls me into the hall and says “do something like this…” Bam! We were on stage at The Velvet Olive (re-opening June 3rd) and Curtis introduced his original music to the world. No cooler feeling than being a part of that.

Last year he was the winner of the 2019 Rock 104.5 Star Search, securing the opportunity to work on a new single with JUNO Nominated Producer Mark Troyer! Very cool. This year he’s secured a spot on “The Shot” which is a pretty sweet competition based Canadian platform. We wish you the best in your efforts!

If you’re into Elton John, Billy Joel and good music in general you’re in luck. All of Curtis Labelle’s music is now available on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Music, Google Play, Deezer and more. for more on Curtis check out his website and socials at curtislabelle.com and make sure to drop a follow or like wherever you’re at. I could go on for days about all the stories and craziness I’ve been through with Curtis but lets get to the questions!!!

1. Where does it come from? Your ability to make your fingers do what they do?

My fingers are an avenue and a path. The universe sends messages and then my brain makes the music. My fingers do the walking and my brain does the talking.

2. Do you ever eat your dessert before your dinner?

Always dinner first – I’m large enough.

3. How has music affected your mental health during COVID-19?

Music has kept me alive and vibrating inside. It’s my healing and medicine.

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RBC launches new series to help out Canadian musicians

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From the good folks at RBC…

May 20, 2020

TORONTO, ON

Today, RBC announced a new virtual performance series, First Up with RBCxMusic that will support and promote emerging Canadian recording artists and musicians through the challenging circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Musicians and recording artists who traditionally rely on income from paid performances continue to experience financial hardship with the suspension of live events. According to a recent survey by Music Canada and Connect Music Licensing, nearly half of artists reported they have lost more than 75% of their income since the crisis.

Applications for First Up with RBCxMusic are now open, and beginning in June, the program will spotlight emerging artists from across Canada who represent a variety of musical genres to celebrate the vast musical talent we have in our country.

RBCxMusic will select more than 100 artists to participate in the program in 2020. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 stipend to perform a 30-minute virtual set hosted on the artist’s personal Instagram channel, with media and promotional support from RBCxMusic. A schedule of each week’s musical performances will be shared at the beginning of the week on the RBCxMusic Instagram Channel, with performances taking place Thursday through Sunday evenings.

In addition to receiving funding and promotional support, recipients will have access to mentorship and networking opportunities with renowned Canadian artists through RBC’s partnership with Live Nation Canada.

“With live events and paid performances currently on pause, the creative community is in need of support now more than ever,” said Matt McGlynn, Vice-President, Brand Marketing, RBC. “First Up with RBCxMusic hopes to help fill that void, so emerging musicians and recording artists can continue to hone their craft, perform for fans and ultimately, progress their young careers.”

First Up with RBCxMusic is open to Canadian recording artists and musicians between the ages 18 and 35, who are in the early stages of their career and seek primary income from their music. Submissions should include a brief biography, song sample, artist imagery and Instagram handle. RBCxMusic will be accepting applications for round one starting today.

RBC has a long-standing commitment to supporting emerging creatives, demonstrated through programs such as the Music Video Production (MVP) Project and the RBC Emerging Artists Project. At RBC we believe the arts play an important role in creating strong and vibrant communities, and in fostering creativity and innovation. Dedicated to supporting the careers and development of emerging artists, RBC offers funding, mentorship and training, as well as networking opportunities. Since 2015, over 13,000 alumni have been supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, through the RBC Foundation’s donations totaling over $8 million each year to hundreds of arts organizations across Canada.

About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada (RY) is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 85,000+ employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 17 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 34 other countries. Learn more at rbc.com.‎

We are proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-social-impact.

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