Island Consort Choir at Gabriola United Church

Don Butt

Submitted Article

Tuesday, April 12 2016

Have you ever heard a choir sing and play tuned wine glasses at the same time – along with handbells accompaniment? 

Here is a rare opportunity to experience such an ethereal sound. 

Night and light and blessings are major themes in the upcoming Island Consort choral program. 

Nanaimo’s chamber choir, directed by Bruce Farquharson, presents And the Light Sings, April 16, 7:00 p.m. at the Gabriola Island United Church and April 17, 7:30 p.m. at Brechin United Church, Nanaimo.

In typical Island Consort fashion, the program begins with two Renaissance pieces: Passereau’s saucy “Il Est Bel Et Bon” and Gibbon’s joyous “O, Clap Your Hands” – for double choir. The “Magnificat” from Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore will feature soprano Skye Donald, and the choir will sing the cerebral “Selig Sind, Die Da Leid Tragen” from Brahms’ German Requiem. John and Margaret Nelson will accompany the choir on organ and piano, respectively.

Much of the remaining program features contemporary music, including Whitacre’s “Sainte-Chapelle,” Hawley’s “Io Son La Primavera” and Ellingboe’s “Be Music, Night.” Piano accompanied “Evening Prayer” by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo features an extended tenor sax improv solo by Nicola Crowhurst. The choir is excited to have discovered Latvian Eriks Esenvalds’ music, programming two pieces: “O Salutaris Hostia,” featuring a soprano duet, and “Northern Lights,” featuring the tuned wine glasses and handbells played by members of Jubilation Handbell group. Rounding out the program are three folk songs: “Viel Freuden Mit Sich Bringet,” “It Was a Lover and His Lass” and “Shenandoah.”

Admission is $18 adults, $5 students and under 12 free - at the door. For more information visit our website www.islandconsort.ca