The Polaris Center to host performances by the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra

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On December 10 and 11, the Polaris Center for the Performing Arts in Balzac will host the holiday performances of the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Holiday Dreams and Dances.

The Center Polaris des Arts du Spectacle in Balzac will host the holiday performances of the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Holiday dreams and dances, December 10 and 11.

The two-hour performances will feature a full symphony orchestra, with around 48 musicians playing holiday-themed classical music, ranging from a trumpet concerto to that of Tchaikovsky. Nutcracker Suite.

According to Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Polaris Center General Manager Carlos Foggin, the show will include music for all tastes and is not the typical orchestral performance one would expect.

For example, he said, there is a trumpet concerto in the soundtrack of the popular Netflix series. Squid game.

“We have everything including a harp for this gig, so it’s a fun show,” he said. “There isn’t a big Christmas carol – it’s a formal concert – but there really is something for everyone.

Foggin, a professional musician, has led the organization since its inception in 2016. He said the rural-based orchestra has given more than 50 concerts over the past six years to audiences ranging from farmers to oil workers and to truck drivers.

He said the symphony aims to dispel the myth that classical music is only suitable for members of high society.

“There is an idea that classical music is for the educated – it’s an elite thing,” he said. “We don’t mean it, we don’t believe it.”

Foggin said classical music was primarily associated with movie soundtracks enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

He added that the music is accessible to a wide range of audience members, including children, who are not likely to squirm during the performance.

“Nothing is too long or complicated, so it’s really easy to listen to, even for young children,” he said. “I think the longest piece in the whole program is the trumpet concerto, and it only lasts 14 minutes.”

The music is also easily recognizable, according to Foggin, and is sure to spark the spirit of the Christmas season for members of the public.

“We all love the Nutcracker ballet, so it’s all here,” he said. “The bar will be open and you can have your drink directly during the concert. What could be better than that? ”

The venue has implemented the Restriction Exemption Program (REP), which requires all guests to present a QR code as proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 rapid test upon entry.

Face masks are also required inside the venue, with one exception when guests are enjoying a drink at the bar.

Foggin said that a live streaming option of the performance is also available for those who are not comfortable attending a live performance, or who prefer to experience it in the comfort of their own homes. . He added that watching the livestream is a way to continue supporting the orchestra without attending in person.

Customers wishing to purchase tickets for the live broadcast or in-person performances are encouraged to visit the Rocky Mountain Sympony Orchestra website at rockymountainsymphony.ca/holiday-dreams

Carmen Cundy, AirdrieToday.com

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