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Kootenay Festival of the Arts Week Two showcases Strings, Vocals and Piano

Violinist Fiona Burkholder, New Denver, is one of the hundred participants performing this week in the Kootenay Festival of the Arts. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Festival of the Arts resumed for its second week of competition with Strings, Vocals and Piano taking over at St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral, Bethel Christian Centre and Nelson United Church, respectively.

The Kootenay Festival of the Arts, opening with dance two weeks ago, showcases than 400 performers between five and 69 years of age from throughout the West Kootenay, including Cranbook, Trail, Castlegar, New Denver and Nelson performing in front of adjudicators.

The festival concludes with the Festival Highlights Concert at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday (April 16th) at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

The top performers from event in Nelson have the opportunity to advance to the 2016 Provincial Festival of Performing Arts Tuesday, May 31 to Saturday, June 4 at Fort St. John.

Kootenay Music Festival Society is dedicated to providing an opportunity for young performers top perform at high level. To keep entrance fees low for participants, the society asks spectators to be generous when donating admission to events.

Some past performers who have gone on to professional careers include Herbison, Nancy Argenta, Rebecca MacLeod, Natasha Hall and Molly MacKinnon.

For more information check out the Kootenay Festival of the Arts website .