Here’s to Hope!!
The informal tag line on our budget for 2021-22, prepared back in the dark days of February, was “Season of Hope.” As the pandemic dragged on, long-term planning has been a challenge, but we have been cautiously optimistic. We are a pro-vaccination choir and moved forward with choir rehearsals in October. All those in attendance are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and wear medical masks throughout rehearsals.
We will break our silence on November 27 with our traditional Yuletide Cheer concert: a joyful extravaganza of our favorite carols, along with our guests, the virtuosic Venabrass, organ, and choir, all making music together.
We have commissioned our long time friend Len Ballantine to compose a new work to break the 21-month choral drought. The premiere performance of this commissioned piece, “To Be Continued …”, will be performed at Yuletide Cheer on November 27. Handel’s Messiah follows in December, and four exciting soloists have been chosen, demonstrating the choir’s support of Canada’s top young emerging artists.
We change gears in February, and bring you the music of Paul Simon at Emmanuel United Church, with our team of spectacular local jazz musicians.
In May we return to the classical world with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem, along with a 12-piece brass section adding spine tingling excitement.
We hope you can join us!