2000’s

Concerts History


Saturday, November 28, 2009
Winter Fantasy
World Beat Spanish Flair and the Magical Sounds of Harp.
Featuring:
Gianetta Baril, Harp
Brad Mahon, Guitar
Brent van Dusen, Marimba
Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest – Conrad Susa
Christmas Dances – Stephen Paulus
Favorite carols and an audience sing-a-long.
Knox United Church


Friday, April 10, 2009
The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn
Featuring: Eve Rachel McLeoad, Soprano, Stuart Howe, Tenor, Sean Watson Bass-baritone and the Festival Orchestra
Jack Singer Concert Hall (EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts)
Under the direction of Mel Kirby


Friday, February 20, 2009
A Celebration Concert
Alumni chorus members were invited back to rehearse and present a program of musical highlights from the vast 50 season repertoire of the Festival Chorus in the presence of past directors, John Searchfield and Brian Trevor. Highlights included Serenade to Music by Vaughn-Williams, works by Purcell and Handel from the first concert seasons and a look into the future of choral music with the contempoary ‘hit’ Te Deum by Avro Part.
Knox United Church
With Dr. Brian Trevor, Guest Conductor and Past Director


Saturday, December 6, 2008
Welcome Yule!
World premiere! Choral Scenes from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by David L. McIntyre commissioned for our 50th Anniversary. Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughn-Williams, Brother Heinrich’s Christmasby Rutter and many favoutite carols.
with Benjamin Covey, Baritone, David LeReaney, Narrator and The Festival Orchestra
Knox United Church
Under the direction of Mel Kirby


Good Friday, March 21, 2008
A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms
with Eve-Lyn del la Haye, Soprano, John Conlon,Baritone and
the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Claude LaPalme, Music Director
Jack Singer Concert Hall (EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts)
Under the direction of Mel Kirby


Saturday, November 24, 2007
Celtic Christmas Fantasy
featuring Celtic Mass for the Sea by Scott Macmillan
with the Festival Strings and Celtic Band
Knox United Church


Good Friday, April 6 , 2007
Passion According to St. John by Johann Sebastian Bach
Jack Singer Concert Hall (EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts)
Under the direction of Mel Kirby


Saturday, February 10, 2007
‘S Wonderful, ‘S Marveleous
Songs and ‘classics’ by Gershwin, Porter, Kern and Bernstein
Eckhardt-Grammate Recital Hall
Rozsa Centre – University of Calgary


Saturday November 25, 2006
With Chamber Ensemble, Organist, Gospel Vocalist and Recorded Nature Sounds
Missa Gaia “Earth Mass” by Paul Halley, Paul Winter et al
Knox United Church


Saturday April 22, 2006
With the Red Deer Symphony, Nadya Blanchette, Soprano – Erin Johnson, Mezzo-Soprano – Christopher MacRae, Tenor
Paul Grindlay, Bass-baritone – Marcel Bergmann, Pianist
Mozart “Great” Mass in C Minor, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Mozart “Ave verum corpus”
All under the direction of Claude Lapalme, Director of the Red Deer Symphony
Main Stage, Arts Centre, Red Deer College


Friday, April 14, 2006
With the Red Deer Symphony, Nadya Blanchette, Soprano – Erin Johnson, Mezzo-Soprano – Christopher MacRae, Tenor
Paul Grindlay, Bass-baritone – Marcel Bergmann, Pianist
Mozart “Great” Mass in C Minor, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Mozart “Ave verum corpus”
All under the direction of Claude Lapalme, Director of the Red Deer Symphony
Jack Singer Concert Hall


Friday, February 3, 2006
With Elizabeth Bergman, Pianot, Colleen Athparia, Piano, Jessica Powell, Oboist
“Four Season Songs” – Brahm’s Liebeslieder Waltzes, Music by Chatman Rutter
All under the direction of Mel Kirby
Rosza Centre, University of Calgary


Saturday, December 10, 2005
With Gianetta Baril, Harpist and Colleen Athparia, Organist
Various Christmas songs including Rutter’s arrangement of “Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day” and Janacek’s “Otcenas”
All under the direction of Mel Kirby
Knox United Church


Sunday, October 30, 2005
Performing as part of the Alberta Centennial Choral Celebration. 429 singers in total on stage.
“Cantique de Jean Racine” and Feller From Fortune” performed with the University of Calgary Chamber Choir directed by Janos Horvath and Mel Kirby.
“The Hour Has Come” with all other choirs on stage and the Altius Brass – Directed by Leonard Ratzlaff
Jack Singer Concert Hall


Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, 2005
Performing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
“The Best of Broadway” – West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles, Showboat, Student Prince, Ain’t Broadway Grand, Ruby and other favourites
All under the direction of Richard Hayman
Jack Singer Concert Hall


Good Friday, March 25, 2005
With the Festival Orchestra,
Tara Marlena LaBerge – Soprano, Erin Johnson – Mezzo-soprano,
Stephen Ericson – Tenor, Daniel Andrei Okulitch – Baritone
All under the direction of Mel Kirby
Jack Singer Concert Hall
St. Paul by Felix Mendelssohn


Sunday, December 11, 2004
With the Festival Strings Orchestra
Margaret Newman – Organist, Cantaré Children’s Choir, Catherine Glaser Climie, Director- Christopher McRae – Tenor
Knox United Church
Featuring Britten’s “St. Nicolas” and other traditional selections
All under the direction of Mel Kirby
Celebrating “Saint Nicolas”


Saturday, October 23, 2004
“Sentimental Journey”
With special guests, Willy Joosen, piano, John Hyde, Bass and Greg Baker, Drums
An evening of Jazz greats including works by Brubeck, Ellington, Kern and Youmans
Presented in the Eckhardt-Grammaté Recital Hall, University of Calgary
All under the direction of Mel Kirby


Good Friday, April 9, 2004
With the Festival Orchestra,
Members of the Cantare Children’s Choir – Catherine Glaser-Climie, Director
Charlene Pauls – Soprano as Achsah, David Dong Qyu Lee – Countertenor as Othniel,
Pascal Charbonneau – Tenor as Joshua, Bruce Kelly – Baritone as Caleb
All under the direction of Mel Kirby
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Joshua by G.F. Handel


Saturday, January 10, 2004
With the Kronos Quartet
Performing as guest choir in One Yellow Rabbit’s 18th High Performance Rodeo
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
The Canadian premiere of Sun Rings, by Terry Riley


Sunday, December 14, 2003
With the Festival Strings Orchestra
Margaret Newman – Organist, Gianetta Baril – Harpist, Jacqueline Serpas – Soprano, Erin MacLean – Soprano 2, Erin Johnson – Alto,
Stephen Erickson – Tenor, James Levesque – Baritone
Knox United Church
All under the direction of Mel Kirby
Christmas Tidings


Saturday, September 6, 2003
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Guests of the Calgary Korean Cultural Society in a joint concert.


Good Friday, April 18, 2003
Soloists: Catherine May – Soprano, Jaquie Lynn Fidlar – Mezzo-soprano, Stephen Ericson – Tenor, David Matthew Bedard – Bass
With the Calgary Chamber Ensemble.
Jack Singer Concert Hall
All under the direction of Mel Kirby
Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach


Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Soloists: Tara Marlena Smith – Soprano, Joel Garcellano – Tenor
With: Marcel and Elizabeth Bergman – Piano Duo and The University of Calgary Percussion Ensemble – Rod Thomas Squance, Director
Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary
All under the direction of Mel Kirby
Catulli Carmina by Carl Orf


Sunday, December 15, 2002
A Christmas Garland
With the Altius Brass and Percussion Ensemble – Mark Lennon, Conductor
Margaret Newman – Organist, Gianetta Baril – Harpist, Pamela Connolly – Pianist
Knox United Church
All under the direction of Mel Kirby


May 4, 2002
Mood Indigo
With special guests, Willy Joosen, piano, John Hyde, Bass and Greg Baker, Drums
A concert of Jazz-inspired sacred and secular works for Classical chorus.
Music to Hear, A Choral Suite – George Shearing
Come Sunday – Duke Elington
Selections from The Light in the Wilderness – Dave Brubeck
Many other selections
Eckhardt-Grammaté Recital Hall, University of Calgary


Good Friday, March 29, 2002
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn
Soloists: Alan Monk: Baritone, as Elijah, Linda Faye Miller: Soprano, as the Widow, Jaqui Lynn Fidlar: Mezzo-soprano as the Angel, Anthony Flynn: Tenor as Obadiah.
Members of the Calgary Boys Choir, Arlie Langager, Director
With the Calgary Chamber Ensemble.
Jack Singer Concert Hall
All under the direction of Mel Kirby


December 8 and 9, 2001
Soloists: Jacqueline Serpas: Soprano, David Matthew Bedard: Bass, Grant Paterson: Narrator. With the Calgary Chamber Ensemble
Ding Dong! Merrily on High, arr. David Willcocks
Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Brother Heinrich’s Christmas, John Rutter
The Twelve Days of Christmas, arr. John Rutter
Magnificat, John Rutter.
Knox United Church


April 13, 2001
Soloists: Eve Rachel McLeod: Soprano, Erin Johnson: Mezzo-Soprano, James Levesque: Tenor, Daniel Andrei Okulitch: Baritone.With the Calgary Chamber Ensemble at .
The Seven Last Words, by Joseph Haydn
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626, By W.A. Mozart
Jack Singer Hall


March 3, 2001
Eckhart-Gramatte Hall University of Calgary
Joanne Meis: Harpist, Chris Morrisom: Trumpeter, Pamela Connolly: Pianist.
There’s a Lit’l’ Wheel A-Turnin’ in my Heart, arr. William L. Dawson
Ezekiel Saw de Wheel
Deep River, arr. René Clausen
Witness, arr. Jack Halloran
Kas tie tadi, arr. Steven Sametz
Water Night, Eric Whitacre
Psalmo Brasiliero, Jean Berger
Dirge from”Cymbeline”, Conrad Susa
– Robert Burns Ballads, James Mulholland A Red, Red Rose
– Green Grow the Rashes, O!

– Irish Folks Songs, arr. Alice Parker The Minstrel Boy
– The Croppy Boy
– My Gentle Harp
– Sing, Sing

Take Him, Earth for Cherishing, Herbert Howells
– ‘Canada From Sea to Sea’, Farewell to Nova Scotia
– Salish Song

Something to Sing About, This Land of Ours


December 9 and 10, 2000
“Navidad Latina” Soloists: Jorgé Aviles: Tenor, Michelle Todd: Soprano, Dawn Johnson: Mezzo-Soprano. Margaret Newman: Organist & Duo-Pianist, Pamela Connolly, Duo-Pianist & Harpsichordist.
Gaudete!, ed. Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott
El decembre congelat, ed. Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott
NOËl Grand jeu et duo, Louis-Claude Daquin
Adeste Fidelis, Anon
O Come All Ye Faithful, arr. David Willcocks
Good Christian Men Rejoice
Lauda per la Natività del Sinore, Ottorino Respighi
Fum! Fum! Fum!, arr. Robert Shaw and Alice Parker
Riu, Riu, Chiu, la guarda ribera, arr. Mateo Flecha the Elder
Ave Maria, Javier Busto
La Vírgen lava pañales, Joaquin Nin-Culmell
Misa Criolla, Ariel Ramirez


April 21, 2000
Vespers of the Blessed Virgin 1610, by Claudio Monteverdi.
Soloists: Janet Youngdahl, Julie Harris: Sopranos, Gian Paolo Fagotto, Stephen Tharp: Tenors, George Evelyn, Paul Grindlay: Bass/Baritones, With the Calgary Chamber Ensemble.
Jack Singer Hall


February 19, 2000
Laura Schlessinger – Cellist, Pamela Connolly – Pianist.
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks, arr. K.Lee Scott
At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners, Williametta Spencer
Alma Llanera, Pedro Gutierrez / arr. Angel Sauce
Y’susum Midbar, D. Zahavi / arr. Alice Parker
Gypsy Songs Op. 103, Brahms
SVYATI, John Taverner
– Three Shakespeare Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams Full Fathom Five
– The Cloud-Capp’d Towers
– Over Hill, Over Dale

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind, John Rutter
Come to the Fair, Easthope Martin

Eckhart-Gramatté Hall (University of Calgary)



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