welcome to 1920
2019 marks the beginning of Saskatoon Chamber Singers’ forty-second year of concerts. One of the mandates of the SCS is to champion the value of and perform Canadian choral music. As a tribute to one of our singers who died last fall, the choir has created the Jacquie Ackerman Memorial Commission Fund so that Canadian composers can be commissioned to write pieces for the choir.
Saskatoon Chamber Singers thanks you for your continued support and looks forward to seeing you again this season. All concerts, except Musical Tales, are performed twice at Knox United Church at 2:00 and 7:30. Our March concert will only be performed at 2:00. Season tickets are available for purchase on our website. Subscribing to all four concerts before November 11th treats you to a 25% discount on admission. Single concert tickets will be available for sale on our website beginning September 1.
As usual, our first concert of the season is on Remembrance Day—Monday, November 11 this year—and is entitled For Remembrance, which is the name of a piece by British composer Paul Drayton. Following tradition, there will be music and readings appropriate to the day and to honour all those who have gone before. Other pieces on the concert are Three Songs from Whitman by David Kaplan, Begrabnisgesang by Johannes Brahms, and Amazing Grace by Erik Ešenvalds..
Mystery and Memory
Sunday, December 15 is the date of our second concert and is called Mystery and Memory. It features three works: a relatively unknown Magnificat by Polish composer Marcin Mielczewski; Benjamin Britten’s ever popular A Ceremony of Carols; and a new work, A Dylan Thomas Christmas. This last piece features the words of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales (narrated by Dwayne Brenna) and interspersed with twelve carols arranged by Jon Washburn.
Many choral pieces are set to texts that tell a story. The March 8 concert is called Musical Tales and will focus on stories from the Greek myth of Medusa right through to the tales of a sourdough as portrayed in Kenneth Nichols’ The Cremation of Sam McGee which was commissioned by the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association in 1990. Two other works on this concert are Song of the Open Road, a choral proclamation by Dello Joio, featuring Dean McNeill on trumpet, and Benjamin Britten’s setting for male chorus of The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard. Also featured on this concert will be Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare by George Shearing.
Prayer and Praise
The season ends on Sunday, May 3 with a concert called Prayer and Praise—the two opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to paying reverence. The two main works on this concert are Ode to Joy by Z. Randall Stroope which is written for SATB choir, piano four hands, and four percussion players and Prayers from the Ark by Ivor Davies, a series of six prayers by Noah, the little bird, the cat, the mouse, the raven and the dove. Shorter pieces on this concert are I Cannot Dance by Larry Nickel and How Can I Keep from Singing by Sarah Quartel, both Canadian composers.