HOW CAN WE KEEP FROM SINGING?!
Our lives go on in endless song…
We hear the sweet though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation
— Robert Wadsworth Lowry
To our loyal audience and community,
We assure you that there will be many “times to sing”, but for now we live in a new reality constrained by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like you, our Festival Chorus members aim to continue to be healthy, sometimes limiting their outside activities to those which are essential.
Unfortunately for our beloved choral art (and many other live performing arts) Provincial and Federal health authorities continue to advise against in-person performances. The Festival Chorus is taking this very seriously and is deciding to put the health of our choristers and audience first.
Given all of this, we’ve decided to shift live performances to our 2021/22 season.
BUT to ensure we are still connecting with you and continuing to produce enriching and challenging activities we will be offering exclusive, online performances for our 2020/21 season. This is new territory for the Festival Chorus.
I have consulted with choral colleagues around Canada & North America and researched an array of options for delivering our programming online. Our organization will continue to share our celebrated choral repertoire throughout this season in a number of performances, which will be released via a new YouTube channel, and our website.
We are pleased to announce our 2020/21 season!
Still Bravely Singing – for release in November 2020
A choral tribute commemorating Remembrance Day – with a setting by Newfoundland composer Alexander Tilley of IN FLANDERS FIELDS, the beloved poem by John McCrae.”
Christmas Canciones – for release in December 2020
Our Christmas instalment will feature an excerpt from Ariel Ramirez’s Hispanic-dialect MISA CRIOLLA (CREOLE MASS) and another from Conrad Susa’s CAROLS AND LULLABIES FROM THE SOUTHWEST, for a Latin-themed holiday treat.
Look at the World: A John Rutter 75th Birthday Tribute – for release in February 2021
The performances will feature selections by one of the most celebrated contemporary choral composers; a British phenomenon of unparalleled influence whose music is extolled the world over.
Earth Day Songs – for release in April 2021
A “World” music celebration for Earth Day – we want to spur everyone to look to a future-focused on expanding borders while preserving our beautiful planet.
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During these unprecedented times, we are making innovative strides to continue to deliver content. A complete shift in the way we offer our programming will greatly impact our bottom line as a non-profit arts organization. We ask our supporters to consider donating to support The Festival Chorus and our choiriaters during this difficult time. Every little bit helps and we want to ensure we are around for generations to come.
Please, consider donating to the Festival Chorus DONATE NOW . Join us for this season of new creation – We’re in this together!
Mel Kirby, Artistic Director