The Avanti Chamber Singers present: “There Is Sweet Music Here”
Published on October 09 2012
On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Avanti Chamber Singers will present a concert celebrating the Canadian spirit! The event offers a diverse variety of musical expressions highlighting our national and regional history, to be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church at 7:30 p.m.
The Avanti Chamber Singers is a community-based, mixed choir performing mainstream choral literature, both accompanied and a cappella, led by conductor Harris Loewen, a Brock University music professor and founder of the ensemble. Accompanied pieces will feature guest artists, Lesley Kingham, piano; Rob D’Orante, oboe; Devon Fornelli, percussion; and Gail Poulsen, violin and featured composer.
Known for his choral artistry, conductor Harris Loewen states, “This program offers the listener a taste of both serious and light-hearted Canadiana, including some delightful Niagara works, references to the War of 1812, plus a sprinkling of Bach for contrast!”
Three pieces dealing directly with the war of 1812 will commemorate this year’s bicentennial: "Come All You Bold Canadians" – a song about Sir Isaac Brock and the battle of Queenston Heights, arranged by celebrated Toronto composer Ruth Watson Henderson; Stan Rogers' song about the same battle, "MacDonnell on the Heights" arranged by Niagara composer John Butler; and "Peaceful Niagara" – an 1882 poem that reflects on the conflict of 1812 and contrasts peaceful relations 70 years later – with music composed by Harris Loewen. The Niagara Region will also be celebrated through four other choral pieces by local composers. Other Canadiana included in the program will be choral suite “There is Sweet Music Here” by Vancouver composer Stephen Chatman, and Canadian folksongs arranged by various composers. In addition there will be instrumental violin, oboe and organ pieces by the “original father of harmony” Johann Sebastian Bach.
Such performances from the Department of Music are a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts' mandate in building connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University.
Join us and listen to the lush harmonies and dramatic spirit of the Avanti Chamber Singers on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 31 Queenston Street, St. Catharines. Tickets are available at Ryson's Music, 5 Court Street, St. Catharines; from the Department of Music at 905.688.5550, x 3817; or at the door. Admission: $20 adults; $15 seniors & students; $5 for the eyeGo ticket program for high school students.
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