In this our fourteenth, my final season, we have some pretty fabulous music for our audience.
November 12 will be our tribute to this magnificent country of ours, which this year has of course been celebrating 150 years. Included in the concert are choral works, composed only by Canadians, diverse and vigorous as the country itself. Over the past five years we have commissioned two major choral pieces - A Winter Day
by rising star Sarah Quartel
, and Bawajigaywin
by indigenous Winnipeg composer Andrew Balfour
- that will both be featured in this concert. We will also be premiering a new piece by Crescenzo Dicecco
, a University of Toronto music student, who was hired by KCC this past summer to compose a piece for us, thanks to a grant from the federal government. Another, more visual component of the concert will be provided by photographic stills from the Canada 150 Sesqui show that was in Kingston this past summer. Appearing with us November 12 will be the Queen's student women's a cappella ensemble, The Caledonias
For the well-loved Messiah
, December 10, we are fortunate to be performing in the magnificent Isabel Bader Centre. With us are four fabulous soloists who have all sung with us previously. Coloratura soprano Bethany Hörst
, Mezzo Erin Lawson
, Tenor Christopher Mayell
, and Bass-baritone David Pike
will captivate you all with beautiful, powerful singing. The accompanying chamber orchestra will be the icing on the cake. Be sure to get your tickets early, because this may be a sell-out.
On December 15 we will present our second annual concert for people with dementia and caregivers at the Waterford Retirement Residence. The concert will feature selections from Messiah
and some well-loved Christmas carols.
Our February 25 concert reprises the Messe Solennelle
of French 20th century composer Louis Vierne
that we performed several years ago. Again Michael Capon
, cathedral organist at St. George's, will accompany this beautiful work. Vierne, organist at Notre Dame in Paris (1900-1937) was less-known than his contemporaries Duruflé, Ravel and Fauré but a well-respected organist and composer in his time. There will be lots more French music in the concert as well as the Vierne piece. Flutissimo
, a Kingston flute ensemble will be our musical guests.
We finish our season April 29 with JS Bach.
His Cantata 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden
written early in his life, is easily one of the most evocative of his prolific output. The second half of the concert will feature some audience and choir favourites from years past. Joining us for this concert will be The Limestone Ringers
, a handbell ensemble from Edith Rankin Memorial United Church, in the west end of Kingston.
Please join us for what promises to be a dynamic, memorable season of music to move you. Hope to see you there.