If you are looking for some great entertainment in the next few days you need look no further than our family.
Tomorrow night the male choir my husband Dave sings in will be presenting an evening of wonderful music at Bethel Mennonite Church. Dave will be playing his harmonica for one of the numbers and I’ve been invited to be the narrator sharing personal family stories and readings from the Biblical narrative. It is the last performance by the choir with their current director the amazing Shirley Bestvater. She is retiring after tomorrow night and so the choir will be pulling out all the stops in her honor. You don’t want to miss it.
Then on Sunday afternoon our talented daughter-in-law Alisa will be performing with the Winnipeg Singers at Westminster Church. They will be reviving the music from their very popular CD Swingle Bells. The choir along with our daughter-in-law traveled to Europe this summer where they were the first place winners in a prestigious international choir competition in Florence, Italy. We will be at their Sunday Christmas concert with bells on. Why don’t you join us?
Last night we attended the Winnipeg performance of Shakespeare’s Richard II called Am I Not King? at the West End Cultural Centre. What a moving piece of musical theatre that was! You can read more about it here. And yes here is another shameless bit of family promotion…. our son Bucky and his band Royal Canoe are performing all the original music in this production. They are just terrific. The show runs till Sunday and you want to be sure to take in this unique production.
So there it is. The Driedger family is providing plenty of options for your entertainment pleasure this coming weekend. Hope to see you!
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My husband Dave has been singing in the Men of Song choir at Bethel Mennonite Church this past year. On Sunday they took part in a Saengerfest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum in Steinbach. A Saengerfest is a singing festival and the tradition of these festivals goes back to the Mennonite settlements in Ukraine where choirs from many different villages would get together to perform for one another and sing together.
On Sunday three choirs performed. First Dave’s group Men Of Song conducted by Shirley Bestvater.
The Evangeliums Christen Gemeinde of Steinbach choir sang next. Their first pieces were performed by a men’s only choir. They opened with a Russian song. The members of the choir belong to families who lived in Russia, immigrated to Germany and have now settled in Steinbach. The final group was directed by Leona Hildebrand and included members from several Mennonite churches in the Steinbach area.
Barry Dyck the museum director thanked the choirs for participating in the museum’s 50th birthday celebrations.
Then the three choirs joined forces for three beautiful numbers- How Can I Keep From Singing- Gott ist die Liebe arranged by Esther Wiebe and O God Our Help in Ages Past. Music has always played a very important role in Mennonite churches and communities so it was fitting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a Mennonite Museum with a song festival. I enjoyed my chance to hear my husband sing and also appreciated the opportunity it provided to visit with many of my Steinbach acquaintances.
Other posts about Mennonites ……..
Introducing our Visitors to Mennonite History at the Mennonite Museum
The Constructed Mennonite
Mennonites and Canada’s First Nations Have More In Common Than You Think
What’s a Break Event?
Heinrich and Gertrude Enns Story