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That Was Really Something!

on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 12:56

The ARCS 2015 Talent Show & Silent Auction on February 21st at the Gateway on SAIT's Campus was a tour de force of incredible performances. The members of ARCS took the spotlight for this annual event showcasing their talent to the delight of an enthusiastic audience. 23 acts seized the theme "Dance to the Music" and astounded everyone in attendance with their polished performances, stunning costumes, creativity and staging. The audience got in on the action with competitions for best "Twist" couple and best "Village People" impersonation. The emcees, Lyndia and Shari, did an outstanding job of introducing the acts with humor and sass. Guests bid on items in the Silent Auction and entered to win half the pot in a 50:50 draw.

Over the past thirteen years, ARCS has committed itself to awakening, nurturing and sharing the magic of voices in harmony. The ARCS Talent Show is an extension of that mission - and what an experience it is to see the fruits of our labour. Newcomers to our organization joined with more seasoned members on stage, each bringing something truly special and unique. To know that we've provided an opportunity for adults to express their talents, creativity and, frankly, brilliance is incredibly gratifying. To each and every performer who took up the challenge, our most heartfelt and enthusiastic congratulations. You were and are AMAZING!

Behind the scenes is another tour de force of dedicated staff and volunteers who made the Talent Show possible.

ARCS' GOT TALENT!

on Mon, 01/19/2015 - 20:15
Welcome to 2015! To our many new singers and all those returning after the holidays, our best wishes to you and yours for a Happy New Year. The weeks and months ahead are packed with fun and fulfilling opportunities to sing, learn and make new friends.
 
Right around the corner is the ARCS 2015 Talent Show & Silent Auction. All members of ARCS are invited to enter the Talent Show and show off their special abilities. This event is one of the highlights of our season and not to be missed. The Entry Deadline is extended to February 5th.
 
Complete details and the Entry Form are available here. And don't forget to line up your Silent Auction contributions!
 
Just down the road are more exciting ARCS events, including the She's Up2Something Retreat (February 28th-March 1st) and Calgary Sings! (April 18th). Up2Something and She's Up2Something will also converge at Altadore Baptist Church on January 24th for our first workshop of 2015.
 
Stay tuned for further updates and highlights of our 2014-15 season. Above all, we hope you enjoy being part of ARCS and look forward to making great music together!

Something Christmas!

on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 13:16
The ARCS Family of Choirs proudly presented three performances of "Something Christmas" on December 7 and 8 and Riverpark Church.  Along with emcee and storyteller Steve Olson, Up2Christmas and Up2Something delighted audiences with performances of seasonal favorites, including "Jingle Bells", "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming", "Huron Carol" and "We Need a Little Christmas".  The combined choir of 150 voices served up spine-tingling renditions of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "O Holy Night".  The audience joined in on a special "Holiday Sing-Along" that included "Deck the Hall" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".  A grand time was had by all!
 
2014 marked the 10th Anniversary of "Up2Christmas" - a seasonal chorus that began in 2005 under the direction of Brian Bowman.  Over time, it has become a women's chorus.  Under the direction of Michelle Kotelko, it has flourished and grown to its present size of approximately 75 enthusiastic and talented women.  Up2Something - a mixed chorus of some 85 men and women -- has lent there voices to the annual Christmas production and 2014 was no exception.  Video recordings of the exceptional performances of these two choirs is available on YouTube along with a selection of photos from the production, available by clicking here.
 
ARCS is now accepting new singers to two of its programs: She's Up2Something and Something Lite.  More information on these excellent singing opportunities is available by clicking on the "Join Us" tab.

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