The award-winning Encore! Women’s Choir is back for its 9th Annual Christmas Concert, continuing its tradition of offering a gorgeous Christmas programme to the Cowichan Valley audience. Music Director Christine Dandy, along with her 23 singers and their outstanding pianist Rykie Avenant, are busy rehearsing a spectacular collection of songs that will envelop their audience in the spirit of Christmas.
Encore! is excited to be performing sections of the exuberant “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful piece “Lacrymosa,” in an arrangement for treble voices, and the unique arrangement of “Instrument of Peace” by Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy. To balance these more complex pieces, director Christine Dandy has made sure to include heartwarming melodies such as “Nutcracker Jingle,” “Cradle Hymn” and “Somewhere in My Memory,” the last of which the audience may recognize from the classic family Christmas movie Home Alone.
Cameo performances include Peter Weinkam (new husband to Trish Dandy, a long-time member) who will accompany the choir on Organ and Violin; a piano duet by Rykie Avenant and Catharina De Beer and a ‘sneak peek’ of the upcoming Cowichan Musical Society’s production of ‘Oliver’ with Dominic Fagan (Oliver) sing “Where is Love?” and Grant Mellemstrand (Fagan) singing “Reviewing the Situation.”
There will be something for every facet of the holiday season in this year’s Christmas concert, including playful works as well as classic carols. Enjoy some new songs like “Mary Sat a-Rockin”, listen for familiar melodies in “Wolfgang’s Christmas Canon”, and raise your voice (and spirit) with a few singalong carols.
Prepare yourselves for an afternoon of enchantment that is enjoyable for all! This and more coming December 10 with Encore! Women’s Choir.
December 10, 2016
Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Rd, Duncan
2:00PM, Doors at 1:30PM
Tickets: $15 Advance | $20 at the door | $5 for children under 12
Available from choir members, Volume One Books, online at www.encorewomenschoir.com , or by calling 250 715-1568
Lead by Music Director Christine Dandy and accompanied by Pianist Rykie Avenant, the enthusiastic and fun-loving members of Encore! Women’s Choir share their love of singing with their community through scheduled concerts and participation in local events in Duncan, BC and throughout the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.
Since 2007, Encore! Women’s Choir has been an auditioned community choir composed of committed and motivated musicians. Some of our members are music teachers with music degrees, while others have extensive musical training in vocal and/or instrumental music. All members have extensive choral experience, read music well, and enjoy the challenge of learning and perfecting music that is both interesting and inspiring.
One of our goals is to maintain a high standard of polished, proficient choral singing. We do this by spending an enjoyable couple of hours at rehearsal each Monday evening and by working on our music individually between rehearsals. We perform sacred and secular music, serious and light, and we enjoy performing comedic numbers as some of our members are seasoned musical theatre performers. Many choir members are accomplished soloists.
Encore! presents two full concerts a year, one at Christmas and the other in the spring