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ABOUT THE CONCERT
British Columbia is blessed in the variety and quality of its choirs and its choral composers and arrangers. The two are undoubtedly connected – fine choirs commission composers to write music that will challenge them, and in the challenging, they rise to new heights. Vancouver Chamber Choir, Phoenix Chamber Choir, musica intima, CapriCcio, Aura Chamber Choir and many other fine ensembles have contributed in putting our province firmly on the choral map, and BC music is sung throughout our country and internationally.
Bringing Richmond Chorus together with the various ensembles around Chilliwack Symphony Chorus has given us a wonderful opportunity to share in these choral riches. The choirs offer music together at the beginning and end of the program, and each group will sing its own set of favourites.
Performing together, the choirs offer Ron Smail’s arrangement of The Maple Leaf Forever as an opening, and I Will Sing Unto the Lord by Imant Raminsh at the end of the concert.
The selection offered by the Richmond Chorus includes music both sacred and secular. Brian Tate’s quirky Gate Gate, based on a Buddhist mantra, gives way to Stephen Chatman’s lyrical setting of Archibald Lampman’s poem Voices of Earth. Ramona Luengen’s energetic setting of the sacred text Laudate Dominum (Psalm 117) is contrasted by Rupert Lang’s serene spirituality of Earth Teach Me, based on a First Nations text. The gentle nostalgia of Connie Kaldor’s Wood River is matched with the high spirits of Larry Nickel’s arrangement of Dave Baker’s song Royal Hudson.
The Chilliwack choirs include Chilliwack Symphony Chorus, Belle Voci and a children’s choir, and they will also offer compositions and arrangements by Larry Nickel – All the Little Rivers, a setting of Ian Tyson’s Four Strong Winds, and Come Unto Me – as well as original works by Bruce Sled, Mark Donnelly and Brian Tate.