Watsonaires ready for Sunday concert

Jodi Schellenberg
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Music lovers looking for a weekend activity could enjoy an afternoon concert this Sunday.

The Watsonaires, Prince Albert’s only female choir, will be holding their annual spring concert this Sunday.

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, The Watsonaires are having their annual spring concert at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre in Prince Albert. The choir is directed by May Jenzen and accompanied by pianist Marilyn Lorenz.  

“The Watsonaires are Prince Albert’s only female choir and we have been around since about 1956,” Teena Polle said. “The spring concert is done annually, every year the first Sunday in May belongs to us.”

The concert boasts a wide variety of music, including religious, Broadway, modern hits and standards.

Although there are many choirs in the city, the Watsonaires are unique.

“We are the only female choir in the city,” Polle said. “It is sort of an iconic thing. It has never been stopped and started sort of thing, it has just been continued since the founding of the Watsonaires. We carry the name of the founder, Mrs. Kathleen Watson.”

They will also have a number of guest performers, including The Menfolk Chorus, tenor Brett Watson, pianist Anika Sukkhu and appearances by Twyla Gange on the flute and Shelly Acorn on the clarinet.

“Brett Watson is a tenor and as a young child he was one of our music festival winners. He is now grown,” Polle said. “We have a lot of history and a lot of artists who have gone through the Watsonaires Concert Series.

“We change them all the time and I think they were just chosen for general interest and variety. We try to do something different every year.”

Bringing in guest artists helps keep the show fresh, she said.

“You always feature guest artists to make it more interesting to the public, to give other people a chance to perform a concert, especially the music festival winners,” Polle said. “They practise all year to enter the musical festival and they win an award, but how nice it is to be able to present it to the public at a formal stage, in a beautiful theatre like the Rawlinson.”

The Watsonaires will be doing a special, surprise number with the Menfolk during the spring concert, Polle said.

This year, the Watsonaires are raising money for the new Pineview Terrace.

“We are planning to assist with the sound system for the new Pineview Terrace Home that is being build and we are donating that to the sound system,” Polle said.

Tickets are $20 and available at Val’s Floral.

Organizations: Watsonaires Concert Series, Prince Albert, E.A. Rawlinson Centre The Menfolk Chorus

Geographic location: Broadway

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