I Have Had Singing
Valley Festival Singers and TWU Masterworks unite for March concerts
The concert, entitled “I Have Had Singing”, will be performed under the direction of Dr. Joel Tranquilla on Saturday March 9 at 7:00 pm at the Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church in Surrey, and again on Sunday March 10 at 3:00 pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford.
Featuring a variety of musical selections in different styles, the combined choirs will sing classics, hymns, folk songs and spirituals. The longest piece on the program is a set of three motets by the German composer Johannes Brahms grouped under the title Fest und Gedenksprüche. The work, written for a festive occasion in Brahms’s home town of Hamburg, contains settings of various biblical texts. It is considered to be one of his finest works for choir and the culmination of the musical styles that influenced him – from Palestrina and Schütz, to Bach and Beethoven.
Also on the program are the works of Canadian composers John Burge and Jeffrey Ryan, as well as pieces by Mendelssohn (Heilig), Beethoven (Hallelujah Chorus from Christ on the Mount of Olives), Barber (Agnus Dei), and arrangements of the traditional spirituals Over My Head and Witness.
Speaking of the upcoming concert, director Tranquilla was unequivocal in his enthusiasm. “Unaccompanied music for combined choirs is among the most elegant and exciting in the choral repertoire because it allows the singers to show off their highs and lows in terms of range and dynamics and expressive capability.”
Valley Festival Singers, founded by Rudy Baerg, has been entertaining eager listeners in Abbotsford for over 42 years. They are known for their wide range of choral repertoire, singing everything from oratorio to opera, folk and Broadway tunes.
TWU’s Masterworks Chorus is an auditioned community ensemble made up mostly of faculty, staff and alumni of Trinity Western University. It is also open to community members who love to sing at a high level. Masterworks serves as an extension of the choral program at TWU and is conducted by Dr. Tranquilla, who is Director of Choral Activities in the School of Arts, Media and Culture.
Tickets for “I Have Had Singing” are available at www.eventbrite.ca, House of James, from choir members, or in cash at the door. Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $5 and children 10 and under free.