Varying styles blend at musical fundraiser

Concert shows what you get when you mix a folk-pop-singer-songwriter with about a dozen members from the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

Jeffery Straker, a folk-pop singer-songwriter-pianist from Saskatchewan, performs with 11 members of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra for a crowd of about 100 people at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre on April 6. The Kindersley & District Arts Council presented the concert as a fundraiser for a future new community centre in town.

Kenneth Brown
of The Clarion

An audience in Kindersley now knows what you get when you mix a folk-pop-singer-songwriter with about a dozen members from the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

Jeffery Straker, a singer-songwriter-pianist from Punnichy, Sask., performed with 11 members of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) at a fundraiser on April 6 at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre. The concert was presented by the Kindersley & District Arts Council.

The 11-person ensemble from the SSO is referred to as the orchestra’s chamber players. The musicians took their seats before Straker had been introduced to the more than 100 people in attendance. Several of the chamber players sat in a semi-circle around where Straker’s piano was set up at centre stage.

Delee DeCap, the arts council’s president, welcomed people to the show and thanked everyone for getting out to support the cause. DeCap thanked all of the event sponsors including the ones that sponsored four special raffle prizes.

The arts council brings several performers to the community and DeCap encouraged people to check out the performers on YouTube or on their websites if they are not familiar with them. She told people about future and current events as part of the arts council’s various annual programs.

For more on this story, please see the Apr. 11 print edition of The Clarion.

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