The weekend of Halloween I took the opportunity to return home to St Albert and visit my wife and sons. My youngest was performing in his first concert with the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers and I very much wanted to see it. I took some banked time and left work at lunch to make it with a couple of hours to spare and just decided to spend it in the South side of Edmonton to not fight the traffic. At an hour before concert time I received a text from my son asking if I had received the message to pick up his girlfriend and bring her to the concert. Nope. So there I was suddenly racing up St Albert Trail and then back down St Albert Trail to get to the concert on time – hopefully there were no speed camera’s working as I did that. Anyway we arrived at the concert and walked into sit just as the choir entered Convocation Hall. It was a great concert – made all the more special by being able to see folks who I have not had the chance to talk to since I last sang with RES in May.
The Concert was with music from Part, Esenvalds, Chilcoot and others with a world premier of Margaret King’s Arcadia – all of it was pretty great.
Then, on Sunday, I was looking to ensure that I had all of my son’s concerts in my and my wife’s calendar when I noticed that Pro Coro Canada had a concert about an hour from that time. We went to Missae III and had the chance to hear:
The Mass in E-flat ‘Cantus Missae’, Op. 109 by Joseph Rheinberger
The Mass in C minor, Op. 52 by Louis Spohr
These masses are set against new interpretations by Canadians Larry Nickel, Luke Nickel, Joseph Lai and Shane Raman. With the Joseph Lai work being another World Premier.
Missae III was a wonderful auditory extravaganza, we were able to meet other friends and had another opportunity to listen to this absolutely great choir one more time.
Well on to the rehearsal, our last prior to our Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday. Anyway we did:
Set me as a Seal
In Flanders Fields
All Suddenly the Wind
And The Mother
Requiem For the Living – only certain parts to brush up on.
For The Fallen
Once again we were met by Tim Y as we left, he with his plate of gourmet cookies, another reason to go to rehearsals!!!
And now, the shameless plug, which also includes a World Premier.
A Terrible Beauty
Words and music to honour the living and commemorate the dead
Wednesday, November 11
Knox United Church, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 for students.
Available from McNally Robinson, choir members, and online
Free parking available in the StarPhoenix parking lot
2015 marks the 18th year that Saskatoon Chamber Singers will present a concert of music and readings on Remembrance Day. This year’s concert is somewhat different from those of the past in that it will include a forty minute work called Requiem for the Living by the American composer Dan Forrest, featuring a chamber orchestra. As a result this concert is not only dedicated to “those who have fought and died in war, as well as those others who have gone before”, but also to us, the living.
This concert also features the premiere of a piece by Canadian composer Allan Bevan entitled All Suddenly the Wind, commissioned by our choir. Other featured composers include Karl Jenkins, Joseph Martin, Richard Nance and Ola Gjeilo. A setting of In Flanders Fields will be performed and as usual, the concert includes the Act of Remembrance.
We are pleased to welcome the following guest musicians for this concert: Janet Wilson (organ), Cecile Denis (harp), Randi Nelson (flute), Kevin Junk (oboe), Samuel Milner (violin), Scott McKnight (cello), Arlene Shiplett (French horn), Darrell Bueckert (percussion), Nathan Degenhart (tenor saxophone), Dean McNeill (trumpet). Our soloists in the Requiem for the Living are soprano Louella Friesen and tenor soloist Derrick Lee. Eleanor Voegeli and Tim Nickel will be readers for the concert.
For more information, read Director James Hawn’s program notes
Please join us at Knox United Church on Wednesday, November 11 either at 2:00 or 7:30.