The 2014-15 Stars for Saskatchewan series in Estevan will feature six concerts, and performers will range from soloists to choirs.
The season kicks off with a concert by Jimmy Rankin on October 20 at the Estevan Comprehensive School. Rankin is an award-winning soloist, and the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the multi-platinum Celtic-pop act The Rankin Family. He performs roots, country and pop music.
Rankin has won back-to-back Canadian Country Music Awards for Roots Artist of the Year (2011 and 2012). He received a 2012 Juno nomination for Country Recording of the Year, and most recently took the top spot in the CBC's Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time contest for his tune Fare Thee Well Love.
The Fung-Chiu Piano Duo will be the next show on November 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Consisting of Janelle Fung and Philip Chiu, the tandem has quickly become one of Canada’s premiere piano duos. They are able to transform the 100 musicians of an orchestra into 20 fingers playing on a piano. The duo also chats with the audience throughout the concert.
The third show will be the Vienna Boys Choir on November 23 at St. Paul's United Church. The choir has been around for more than 500 years, and today it boasts around 100 members, between the ages of 10 and 14, who are divided into four touring choirs.
The four choirs combine for around 300 concerts and performances each year, in front of almost half a million people. Their repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music.
The Gala Trio will perform on March 22 at St. Paul's United Church. The trio performs a broad range of selections. They supplement their discoveries with their own arrangements, and they have ventured into a wide variety of genres and styles, from classical to jazz and musical theatre.
The Ensemble Caprice Baroque Quintet will play on April 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. They have received national and international acclaim for more than 20 years. Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels won a Juno Award in 2009.
Memory Lane: a Tribute to the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, will wrap up the season on May 7 at the Estevan Comprehensive School. An eight-piece band is fronted by the Irish born Stephen Maguire, who is known for his storytelling and friendly banter with the crowd. The show features the music of Buddy Holly, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Roy Orbison, Doris Day, The Platters and many more.