Many of you have been asking about our Christmas events. While we have decided to take a "sabbatical" from our Songs Strings & Steps event, we are SO delighted to be partnering with two local organizations this Christmas.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for these special concerts:
The first event is Friday, December 11th - 7:30 pm with the Pacific Mennonite Children's Choir (directed by Betty-Ann Vroom) together with Calvin Dyck and the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra. "A BLUE CHRISTMAS" at Gateway Community Church (Abbotsford).
The PMCC is a group of auditioned young singers from the Fraser Valley that has travelled around the world. This year they are excited to present a "North American-themed" Christmas program, featuring favourites such as the up-beat "Most Wonderful Time of the Year", "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers", and a new arrangement of "Blue Christmas" by Roy Tan. A highlight is "Carol for Animals" by Canadian composer Patrick Wedd, which mentions ladybugs, whales and snails, and even includes a special descant for whistlers.
Other classics in the program include Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride", with delightful choreography by Sandra Booker, and the gospel-style "Da Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy" featuring Calvin Dyck and Chris Savage. Orchestra highlights include a performance of Corelli's "Christmas Concerto" interspersed with readings from Luke 2, themes from the movie Polar Express, and sing-along carols with the audience.
Don't miss this heartwarming Christmas celebration. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students.
Buy your tickets online at this link: http://abluechristmas.brownpapertickets.com/ or in person at House of James & King's Music.
The second event ("LIGHT") is a collaborative project between Calvin Dyck and the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra together with a vocal ensemble (Alumni Project) directed by Sonja Fast Hindmarsh and Carmen Fast Hollett. This concert features a variety of traditional carols, jazz, gospel, and classical music from Corelli's "Christmas Concerto" to "Little Drummer Boy" with Ajay Klassen on beat-box.
"When I heard the valley's newest vocal ensemble last Spring, it struck me that it was possibly the finest young choral group in BC", said Calvin. Sonja and Carmen, co-directors of the Alumni Project realized that a number of their talented friends in the valley had no outlet for their talents, and they wanted an opportunity to perform together.
The three had coffee and dreamed up a concert that will include a high energy, toe-tapping "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen with tap-dancer Carissa Selbie, (for the Abbotsford performances), the Pentatonix version of "Little Drummer Boy", a hilarious glee club spoof called "12 Days of Christmas Confusion", John Rutter's "What Sweeter Music" and Mel Bowker's inspiring arrangement of "O Holy Night".
The title for this concert was inspired by "O Nata Lux" (translated O Light born of Light) by Los Angeles master composer Morten Lauridsen. Written for a capella choir, Lauridsen creates a soundscape of eerily beautiful harmonies.
The string orchestra will be featured in the Baroque "Christmas Concerto" by Arcangelo Corelli, the movements interspersed with the real Christmas story from Luke 2. Five violinists are featured in the Barrage version of "Carol of the Bell", and the audience will be invited to join in singing traditional carols such as "O Come all Ye Faithful" and "Angels we have heard on High".
The concert is rounded out with candlelight, choreography, costumes, video interviews, and other surprises. "Our vision is to create different scenes on stage, and combine local talent with professionals for an experience that will uplift and inspire", said Calvin.
There will be 3 performances of this concert (see posters below for details):
Monday, December 21st - 2pm and 7pm at South Abbotsford Church (Tickets available at House of James or King's Music)
Tuesday, December 22nd - 7pm at Bethany Baptist Church (22680 Westminster Hwy) in Richmond - tickets available at Tom Lee Music (3631 No. 3 Rd. Richmond 604 273-6661) or at the door.
Ticket price is $20 for Adults and $10 for Students (plus tax and applicable fee)
For more information on an upcoming performance, please contact Calvin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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