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Familiar Words, Familiar Tunes

Valley Festival Singers present light-hearted concert for spring
Featuring Aesop’s Fables, Animal Crackers, Broadway classics and more

To complete their 2018-2019 season, the Valley Festival Singers welcome spring with a fun and light-hearted choral concert to delight listeners of all ages.

“Familiar Words, Familiar Tunes” features Bob Chilcott’s Aesop’s Fables, Eric Whitacre’s Animal Crackers, and clever settings of a selection of Lewis Carroll poems. In addition, the program further showcases VFS’s versatility by offering toe-tapping numbers from Broadway favourites The Sound of Music, The Music Man, and Kiss Me, Kate. 

This not-to-be-missed presentation takes place at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 pm, and will be repeated on Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 pm.  

The spring program follows close on the heels of VFS’s March outing, sung in conjunction with Trinity Western University’s Masterworks Choir. Featuring music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn, the concert demonstrated the unique beauty of paired choirs singing a classical repertoire.

This time around VFS is on its own, augmenting the program with solos, duets, and other small ensembles from within the choir. Describing his choice of music for this concert, Conductor Joel Tranquilla says, “Audience members who have heard us perform more ‘serious’ music will be glad to see that we enjoy a wide range of choral repertoire. It’s a great concert for young families too, because the music and texts are so accessible. I’m really looking forward to this program!”

A celebration of childhood, the inventive collection of pieces includes Aesop’s Fables with classic tales set to music by ex-King’s Singers member Bob Chilcott. Also on the list is Animal Crackers, the brainchild of choral world superstar Eric Whitacre. It features a set of three songs with poetry by American humourist Ogden Nash. To round out the romp, there is Lewis Carroll’s The Lobster Quadrille, set to music by Irving Fine, and Jabberwocky by Sam Pottle.

 Tickets for “Familiar Words, Familiar Tunes” are available at www.eventbrite.ca, House of James, from choir members, and in cash at the door. Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $5, and children 10 and under free.

May 4, 2019 at 7 pm
May 5, 2019 at 3 pm
         Matsqui Centennial Auditorium – 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC  Map