Castor Violin Teacher Carol Ries’ students held their first recital at St. Peter’s Church in Stettler on Wed. June 6.
Students from Hanna, Brownfield, Stettler and Castor celebrated one year toward becoming a violinist. They enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their budding ability to an appreciative audience of proud parents, grandparents and siblings.
Each student played up to four selections, appealing to every musical taste ranging from popular traditional tunes like Bingo, Arkansas Traveler, Do Re Mi from “The Sound of Music”, Michael Row Your Boat Ashore, Mexican fold tune song Firoliralera, Offenbach’s “Can-Can” and Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) repertoire “Nightingale” by H. & K. Colledge.
Stettler students plan to make their recitals a much-anticipated annual event, as well as playing violin in Stettler Junior and Senior Bands led by Eric Rahn.
Carol lived in Ontario and taught violin at Burlington’s “Long & McQuade Musical Instruments” from 2002 to 2013. She now lives in Castor and teaches from her home studio, as well as at St. Peter’s in Stettler.
“The violin is a very versatile, expressive and portable instrument with extensive repertoire,” says Ries. “Music is a universal language that unites us all. Studying music offers a life-long enriching pursuit.”
Kim Hennel (left) plays Beethoven’s 9th Symphony theme “Ode to Joy.” ECA Review/Submitted
Madison Branford (right) plays RCM selection “Canon“by Philip Hayes. ECA Review/Submitted
Part of ensemble playing internationally famous fiddle tune “Bile ’em Cabbage Down”. From the left, back row: Kristine Chesla and Don Yates.
Front row: Laia Chesla, Amy Aicken, Madison Bradford and Laura Hebbes. ECA Review/Submitted