Recently I interviewed Naomi Woo, Assistant Conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.  We talked about the real people behind the famous composers who lived one story above and below one another in their European apartments, and how they influenced each other in their writing.  Apparently, being influenced by our neighbor hasn’t changed over the last couple of centuries!

We also talked about her work as Music Director of Sistema Winnipeg, a free program for kids who want to study music, and a group of professional musicians and teachers who want to inspire social change. 

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Up here on my soap box, my message is always that the arts build skills beyond singing, dancing, acting, or painting; the arts help build the Whole Human.

The Steinbach Arts Council has a long tradition of hosting a huge community event in support of our programming. This year’s “Paint the Town, Virtual Fundraising Gala” is no exception! We’ve taken a new approach (out of pandemic necessity) and pulled out all the virtual stops!

In the last two weeks, we’ve put together a list of classes and activities for our region, from preschoolers to adults in every discipline.  How do we do it, you ask?

Early on in the pandemic, while we were planning for a year of unknowns, we decided, (together with our Board of Directors) that the health and safety of our members and their families is our number one priority.

Madeline Hildebrand in Concert…New Technology? No problem.

My dad once said to me, “David, with your musical training, you can succeed at anything you want.”

I guess that might have had some influence on my approach to new projects, including our latest concert with Madeline Hildebrand.

For our 40th Anniversary year, here are 40 reasons why the After School Art Program (A.S.A.P.) is “ESSENTIAL!”

Studying Art, Music, Theatre, Dance and Wellness at SAC…

Nurtures creativity
Encourages self-expression
Encourages exploration
Improves academic performance