Liz and I wanted to let you know that we are again singing with the Paisley Concert Choir in their upcoming spring concert “River Rocks”.
Information on the concert plus details of venues and times are listed below in our press release.
If you are interested in attending, we have tickets, or can arrange for tickets to be held for pickup at the door. Just email or phone us to arrange.
It’s a great program that we know you will enjoy.
Paisley Concert Choir, Spring Concert 2015
For its upcoming Spring concert, River Rocks, the Paisley Concert Choir (PCC) will present a rich and varied program of songs that will both move you and get you moving to the beat! From classical works to pop songs, and sea shanties to broadway dance tunes, the program has great audience appeal. Concerts, under the direction of Linda Finlay and accompanied by Jane Siegel, will take place Friday May 22nd in Hanover, Saturday May 23rd in Owen Sound and Sunday May 24th in Paisley. All concerts start at 7:30 pm.
Water, in the form of rivers and seas, is a common theme that is explored in the program. Dancing Dancing River, a joyful song with a percussive beat created by the choir, will have you dancing in your seat. River Song is a lush, ever-flowing piano piece accompanied by the choir. “Peace like a river” and “sorrows like sea billows roll” are opening lines from the rousing hymn It Is Well With My Soul. Two sea shanties, Donkey Riding and The Song of the Jolly Roger are fun songs with lively beats and great harmonies, that tell of life on the high seas and a pirate adventure or two.
The program features two well-known classical masterpieces that have been arranged for choir. Lux Aeterna is an eight part choral setting of the the tune “Nimrod” from the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. The text is from the Requiem Mass. It is a stunning piece of music not to be missed. Goin’ Home is a choral setting of the Largo, or 2nd Movement, from Anton Dvorak’s 9th Symphony “From The New World.” This symphony, written in 1893 during his tenure in the U.S., was Dvorak’s most popular. The symphony’s strongest inspirational source is drawn from Afro-American spirituals.
Jabula Jesu is based on an African folk song. This arrangement incorporates the African tradition of layering repeating melodies and rhythms within a traditional choral setting. The choir will be accompanied by djembe, an African drum. I challenge you to sit still during this number!
The choir will also perform a medley of Lullaby of Broadway and Forty-Second Street, two big dance numbers from the musical 42nd Street. The original version of Lullaby of Broadway won an Academy Award for best original song in 1936.
A selection of popular songs round out the program, including: Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s heartfelt Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Leonard Cohen’s signature song Hallelujah, and ABBA’s greatest hit Dancing Queen.
So come hear some glorious, rockin' music. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for River Rocks from choir members or at the door before each concert. Tickets are $15. Children 16 years and younger are free.
Friday, May 22nd in Hanover at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church (Fellowship Hall) - 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 23rd in Owen Sound at Georgian Shores United Church - 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 24th in Paisley at Immanuel Missionary Church - 7:30 pm