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Arts Council Stars for Saskatchewan releases 2017-18 schedule

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The Swift Current Arts Council is extremely excited to announce the 49th season of Swift Current’s  Stars for Saskatchewan series. 


This year’s series runs from Sept. 21 to May 10, 2018. The series offers will definitely entertain everyone.
Parallel 3 opens the 2017/18 season Sept. 21, with this amazing trio of talented and harmonious gentlemen.
Parallel 3 has received international attention and tenors Cody Karey, Marc Devigne and Brett Pruneau bring a unique blend of beautiful vocal artistry.
Individually they performed worldwide and have received special attention of Canadian producer David Foster.
Their blend of personality and modern style create a new and exciting fusion of sound and modern style.
Laila Biali an Award winning Canadian pianist singer and songwriter performs Oct, 24. She describes her sound as a blend of jazz with pop and recently toured Europe with dates in Switzerland, Germany and Poland.
Biali performed on stage with Sting as well as other music greats Chris Botti and Diana Krall and has received the SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year awards at Canada’s National Jazz Awards.
David Myles will perform on Nov. 1.
Like his trademark suit, Myles’ music is timeless and performs with irresistible energy, from soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots hovering somewhere around that magic spot between James Taylor and Justin Timberlake.
Myles has garnered prestigious nominations and awards, including a JUNO and multiple Music Nova Scotia and ECMA awards. His endearing charm, coupled with an uplifting sense of humour, has gained him an increasingly large fan base, and afforded him frequent festival appearances.
The seasonal concert this year features Saskatchewan’s own singer songwriter Belle Plaine joining forces with the Regina Chamber Players on Dec. 12 to offer a new Christmas concert experience to the audience. 
Belle Plaine brings to the stage musical versatility and onstage charm and this spectacular holiday extravaganza will feature Christmas carols both new and old as well as original compositions accompanied by the Regina Chamber Players.
The group of musicians with the Regina Chamber Players are performers, music educators, conductors, and soloists. Throw on your favourite holiday sweater, grab a hot chocolate and bring the family along to an intimate evening of beloved music that is sure to warm your spirit no matter the temperature outside.
Michael Kaeshammer opens 2018 on Jan. 9. The award winner Canadian jazz and boogie-woogie pianist, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and producer will perform with a trio of exceptional musicians to thrill our audience with an unforgettable performance.Sit back and enjoy the entertaining sounds of this versatile musician and friends.
The concert in February brings Prairie Debut: Henderson-Kolk Guitar Duo on Feb. 27.
This show will be the highlight of the year for all those who love classical music and the classical guitar.
Drew Henderson and Michael Kolk formed their duo in Toronto in 2004 and perform with that special musical chemistry that brings a dynamic and exciting performance to the stage with an emphasis on their own original arrangements.
They rework familiar works to create fresh and intricate sounds.
This will be the first time touring the prairies and they are excited about the opportunity.
A prairie debut, The Chooi Brothers come to the stage March 13.
Brothers Nikki and Timothy perform with pianist Philip Chiu and are united by a profound and genuine passion for the violin. The Chooi brother’s musical repertoire brings a new twist to typical classical violins and piano presentations and their program ranges from jazzy influenced pieces to classical showpieces and fresh interesting and experimental period of the 20th century.
Performances include music by Grieg, Prokofiev and Ravel and Canadian composer Arcuri.
This will be their first time performing in Saskatchewan and they are excited to share their world-class performances.
April brings Union Duke to the stage on April 16. Union Duke, a Toronto quintet with explosive live shows described as two fifths city, two fifths country and one fifth whiskey. They have been making music together since they were children and bridge big city rock with bluegrass and country with rambling banjos, soaring vocal harmonies, electric guitars and a fast driving, heel stomping beat with a little heartbreak of twang and a boot shake of rock and roll. Defy those feet from moving with the beat for this fun loving crowd pleasing band.
On May 10, Melody A. Johnson’s play Miss Caledonia is the last regular performance of the series this season. The year is 1955 in RR#2 Caledonia and Peggy Ann Douglas has a plan. Peggy Ann has a plan to become a Hollywood movie starlet following the steps of Debbie Reynolds and Lee Meriwether by winning the local pageant. This comedy brims with love, optimism and reality down on the farm.
The Arts Council Stars for Saskatchewan tickets can be purchased through Ticketpro (www.ticketpro.ca or call 1-888-655-9090) and will allow patrons to purchase subscriptions and single-concert tickets online or by telephone.
Current subscriber renewals are available June 19  to July 31. New season subscriptions will be available to the public Aug. 14.
Single concert tickets will be available on Sept. 4.
More information about the season and the Swift Current Arts Council is available on the website www.scarts council.ca and on Facebook at https:// www.facebook.com/swiftcurrentartscouncil.

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