Why is the concert called “Roca Family Christmas”?
The actual title came from James, as far as I remember, but I think we’re talking about two families here: the ROCA family of Chorus and Orchestra coming together for the holiday season, as families do – and also to identify a program of music that will be accessible to people of all ages who love Christmas music
What is special about this Christmas concert?
Normally our Christmas concerts are Chorus-only, and the Orchestra focuses on run-out performances in seniors’ homes and in the malls. This is the first time the full ensemble has been together for a Christmas performance
Why should people come to this concert?
This is a program that will have lots of things you know! Last year the Chorus offered Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies of the South West”, which is a marvellous work but is not so familiar to audiences. This year we’re focusing on music that is much better-known
What music will be featured?
Lots of favourites, as well as a few lesser-known pieces. The Orchestra will be playing a suite from the Polar Express movie, lovely music by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams on the “What Child is This” tune, a selection of dances from the seasonal “Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky, as well as carol medleys. The Chorus will offer the stunning “Ave Maria” of Franz Biebl and a couple of carols by the ever-popular John Rutter, as well as a set of three Canadian carols. The words of the last one “The Lesser Joys of Christmas” sum up all the “bah, humbug!” moments we occasionally have at this time of year. Together, we offer the magnificent “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah as well as carols and Christmas songs with which you will want to sing along.