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    Half way through the season, and we have many great things to reflect on, as well as look forward to!  We welcomed a new artistic director, Joel Tranquilla, and the Valley Festival Singers are continuing to thrive under his talented and energetic leadership.

    Our season opening concert, which took place on November 11th, was titled “Eternal Light” and featured a variety of selections chosen for a Remembrance Day concert.  From 12 Century motets to contemporary works by active Canadian composers, the program was a wonderful representation of the power of choral singing to bring communities together during difficult times.

    And just a month later, the Valley Festival Singers collaborated with the Pacific Spirit Chorus from West Vancouver and an orchestra under the direction of Calvin Dyck to bring a full performance of Handel’s Messiah to Abbotsford.  It was a snowy night as this magnificent music moved us all to feel the true spirit of the season.

    To end the year, Valley Festival Singers continued our Christmas tradition of sharing an evening of festive favourites with friends and family.  The Christmas Celebration is a concert, a sing-a-long, and a chance to share fellowship, hot mulled cider and homemade holiday goodies.  Watch for it next year and come celebrate with us!

    Looking ahead to the second half of our season, a couple of highlights will be a choral workshop with the Canadian Chamber Choir, and our April 28th/29th concert of music inspired by Shakespeare.  An exciting mix of traditional, contemporary, and unexpected gems.  Stay tuned for more information!

    Songs and Sonnets: Music Inspired by the Bard
    April 28 & 29, 2017, 7pm
    Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
    Featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and George Shearing’s jazzy “Songs and Sonnets” as well as other Shakespearean settings. This concert features Abbotsford’s own outstanding musicians, pianist Betty Suderman and violinist Calvin Dyck.