Winter Solstice is a new Rocky Mountain Fairy Tale about a girl cross-country skiing into "the very majestic, magnificent and mysterious Mt. Assiniboine". On her journey, she and her friends prepare for a trek that threatens avalanches and teaches them to expect the unexpected.

This performance features the symphony orchestra and sends a special message to the audience about the commitment and dedication it takes to become an orchestral musician - or to do anything in life well.

The story is told by a solo narrator who sings, dances and interacts with the musicians and the audience. The use of dramatic lighting, seven banners of original artwork hung above the orchestra and audience participation add to the excitement of this 45-minute show.

Original Score: Keon Birney
Original Story:
Samantha Whelan Kotkas  (see About Storyfair)
Original Art Work: Lynne Huras
Lighting Design: Brian Pincott
Movement Coach: Trina Rasmuson

Visit the Gallery for video excerpts and artwork samples.

The Making of Winter Solstice (coming soon)
Winter Solstice Info Package

The reaction was tremendous to this well-written, well-performed gem for young audiences. Samantha's talent as a comedian & storyteller is effective and engaging, delivering a very personal, heartwarming and entertaining tale.

Pierre Simard, Resident Conductor
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra