String, piano and speech arts performers delight audience

Fall Recital marks beginning of 100 Mile Festival of the Arts season

Joelle Waldner Kuyek played Aeolian Lullaby by Canadian composer Jane Hansen during the 100 Mile Festival of the Arts Fall Recital on Nov. 30. The Evangelical Free Church in 100 Mile House was filled with family

The 100 Mile Festival of the Arts Committee hosted its annual Fall Recital at the Evangelical Free Church in 100 Mile House on Nov. 30, and the performers provided great entertainment.

Marilyn Buyar, who co-chairs the committee with Bruce Madu, says it was a full program with two dozen participants – both young and old.

She adds many of the pieces were written by Canadian composers.

“It was lovely because it was Canada Music Week. It was nice, too, that we had strings well represented, and we had quite a few piano performers as well.”

Buyar notes this was the first event of the season. The next recital will be near the end of February; however, the date has not been determined.

The festival syllabus for 2015 is available and a reference copy is at the 100 Mile House Branch Library, she says, adding anyone wanting a personal copy should contact Elaine Saunders at

The adjudicators for 2015 have already been selected and they are Marilyn Wiwcharuk (piano and organ), Colleen Whidden (vocal), Kathy Bloomfield (speech arts and drama) and Martin Summers (instrumental).

The 2015 adjudicated festival begins on April 13 and closes on April 24 with the Showcase Concert at Martin Exeter Hall.

Buyar says committee members are excited to have launched a fundraising project, which is completely independent of the regular festival budget, to raise $30,000 to replace the piano at Martin Exeter Hall.

“Our local students work hard to reach their performance goals, and we would like to ensure they have a quality, responsive instrument on which to perform.”

She adds there will be more information about the fundraising efforts in the upcoming editions of the 100 Mile House Free Press.

Buyar notes the 100 Mile Festival of the Arts has a small but dedicated committee of volunteers, and new members are always welcome.

Folks who are interested in getting involved can reach Festival of the Arts through contact information posted on the 100 Mile Arts Council website at


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