Fast-growing Lethbridge can’t keep pace with cultural needs

As conductor Glenn Klassen raised his baton and his musicians sounded the opening notes of Handel’s Messiah at a recent concert, there wasn’t an empty seat in any of the pews at the local church the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra calls home.

While the sellout performance to a crowd of 750 people ought to have filled his heart with joy, Klassen said he felt a tinge of sadness instead that this fast-growing city lacks a performing arts centre with the acoustics and capacity to accommodate his ensemble.

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