What gifts will you give this holiday season?

You’re invited to The Spirit of Christmas, presented by The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, on Sunday, December 6, at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. This uplifting performance celebrates the greatest gifts we can give each other this holiday season, inspiring audiences to think about the gifts that come from within.

Dancers and singers act out numerous gifts throughout the performance, including the gifts of compassion, joy, laughter, peace and more. “[This year’s performers] were asked to bring their own life experiences into the pieces, which creates those deeper threads,” says Cyndi Scott, director of dance development.

Our inner gifts

Our inner gifts

Stephanie Hradsky, vocal instructor and former Young Canadian performer, explains, “when working on the vocals for the show, I was inspired by storytelling, and motivating the Young Canadians to not just look at the music as something to sing and perform, but as something to communicate with.”

Having performers find personal connections to the pieces also creates more genuine movements that capture the audience’s attention. “[We strived to find] the authenticity in everyone’s voice and interpretation so that when they step on stage, they are completely in the moment,” Hradsky continues.

The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede from the 2014 performance

The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede from the 2014 performance

The Spirit of Christmas is a performance you won’t want to miss. To experience The Spirit of Christmas, you can purchase tickets online. Tickets are $26.50 and all proceeds are reinvested into Calgary Stampede programming supporting youth development through the Calgary Stampede Foundation.

TYC - The Spirit of Christmas

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