Friday, April 27, 2012

Popular waltz and polka band to perform at Horizon Stage
The Emeralds Show and Dance Band are an Alberta treasure. Since forming in Edmonton in 1970 they have become one of our provinces’ most-loved, polka and waltz bands. With 29 albums to their credit, The Emeralds have received 6 gold, 2 platinum, and 1 double platinum awards and the support of  their local fans is un-wavering. In 1997, they were inducted into the City of Edmonton's Cultural Hall of Fame and they still perform regularly at local events and dances for enthusiastic crowds. Last seen at Horizon Stage in 2009, they are happy to be returning to Spruce Grove on Sunday, April 29th at 2 p.m.

Best-known for their International Hit "The Bird Dance", a staple at dances and weddings around the world, the Emeralds have toured to New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Trinidad, and the United States. Always fun and full of energy, their concerts feature beloved favourites such as “Blue Hawaii”, “Cotton Eyed Joe", “In The Mood”, “Amazing Grace”, “Clarinet Polka” and “Waltz Across Texas”. Their most recent CD, Look At Us, was released in 2009 and includes versions of “Moonlight Serenade”, “Log Driver's Waltz” and “What a Wonderful World”.

Currently, the Emeralds Show and Dance Band consists of five members: Allan Broder on tenor saxophone and vocals, Wallis Petruk on tenor saxophone, violin, flute, clarinet and vocals, Don Remeika on drums and vocals, Terry Kole on rhythm guitar, banjo, vocals, and voice impressions and Reiner Piehl on keyboards, bass, vocals and voice impressions. Together, these talented musicians will get your toes tapping, your hips swaying, and your whole body up and moving. Yes, there will be space for dancing at their Horizon Stage concert, so don’t be shy!

Let your feathers fly, and waltz to the classics, with The Emeralds when they perform Up Close & Personal at Horizon Stage on Sunday, April 29. The theatre is located at 1001 Calahoo Road, attached to Spruce Grove Composite High School. The Box Office and lobby will open at 1 p.m. and show-time is at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors, but don’t wait until the 29th to purchase yours as there are only a limited number left.  Call 780-962-8995, come in person to the Spruce Grove City Hall Ticket Centre at 315 Jespersen Avenue, or go online at, as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

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