Christmas with The Phil:
Here We Come a-Caroling!
Featuring Guest Artists
Donna Laube, piano
Stevenson-Britannia School Choir conductor Julianna Rempel
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Phil! And this year’s concert, “Here We Come A’caroling” at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (NOTE: NEW VENUE!) promises to be one of our best yet!
Christmas with the Phil has become a beloved tradition for anyone and everyone looking for beautiful music, angelic voices and the opportunity to join in singing some of their most favourite Christmas carols. This year’s program includes works by Handel, Howells, Bolden, Moineau, Ledger, Willcocks and selections from Rutter’s Magnificat.
We are especially excited to welcome back our favourite organist, Wes Elias, our favourite pianist, Donna Laube, and our special guest choir, Stevenson-Britannia School, directed by Julianna Rempel, who will help us create the comfort and joy of this most wonderful time of the year!
Ho-ho-hold on to your toques and join us at either our 3pm or 7pm concert on Sunday, December 16 at Crescent Fort Rouge. We look forward to seeing – and hearing – you!
Wes Elias, organ
Wes Elias is an active Winnipeg musician who works as a private music teacher, performer, RCM examiner and church musician. He has served as organist at St. Andrew’s River Heights United
Church since 2009. Prior to this he was Music Director at Broadway-First Baptist Church for 17 years. Primary organ studies were with Douglas Bodle at the University of Toronto. Other organ teachers have included Winnifred Sim, Peter Letkemann and Lawrence Ritchey. He has appeared on numerous occasions with the Phil.
Donna Laube, piano
A native of Saskatchewan, Ms. Laube received a B. Mus. from Brandon University as a student of Dr. Joan Miller and subsequently her M. Music in Piano accompaniment from McGill University under the tutelage of Dale Bartlett. Ms. Laube is also an alumnus of the Franz-Schubert-Institute in Austria (with a focus on German Lieder and poetry), and of Opera Nuova in Edmonton. She has been active for the past decade as a pianist for singers, instrumentalists and choirs performing at international competitions as well as for CBC Radio Two. Ms. Laube is currently Principal Pianist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and is performing as orchestral pianist with the WSO this season.
The Stevenson-Britannia Singing Sabres Choir
The Stevenson-Britannia Singing Sabres Choir is a newly formed auditioned group of 34 students, ages 8-10. They have been rehearsing for this Christmas event with the Phil since September. In addition, they also attend weekly choir class with their regular school choir of 75 students. Their director, Julianna Rempel, has been teaching music and choir at Stevenson for 9 years. Their accompanist, Amanda Hahn-Tomchuk, is a master pianist who accompanies several top level choirs throughout Winnipeg.
Stevenson students sing at various events during the year including their school winter concert, Remembrance Day assembly, Stevenson’s Celebration of the Arts event, Winnipeg Music Festival, St. James-Assiniboia School Divisional Music Celebration, Music Monday and a local carehome. We are very honoured and excited to perform with the Philharmonic.