The Kingston Chamber Choir, now in its 13th year, has some wonderful music in store for you through the 2016-2017 season.
Our opening concert, "Songs of Triumph" features the fabulous soprano voice of Leslie Fagan, reprising the role she did with us in the early days of KCC, the Gloria of French composer Francis Poulenc.
The "Songs of Triumph" theme will continue with some songs, all from the rich French repertoire, with, at times, a somewhat quieter triumphant tone than we will hear in the Gloria.
The wonderful story of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" will capture everyone's hearts at our December 11 concert.
The poem, written by Dylan Thomas, will be read by Toronto actor/raconteur Richard Partington*. Richard grew up in Kingston, and was involved with St. George's as a child in George Maybee's time at the cathedral. Also on this Christmas program will be the choir from the Mulberry/Waldorf School, as well as familiar carols accompanied by Michael Capon on the cathedral organ.
*The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance · Opera · Theatre Policy.
"Songs of Recollection" February 26 will feature the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé, with its twin themes of loss and legacy.
Those themes will continue in the remainder of the program as we explore Black History through music and story. Baritone Jorell Williams will make his debut performance with the KCC and will perform spirituals - such as "Oh, Freedom" - in celebration of Black history.
Accompanying the Duruflé at the cathedral organ will be Matthew Larkin, well known
locally for his prowess on the organ. Judith Brown will also be a special guest, and will bring stories of early Black settlement in Kingston.
Pianist Clara Schumann was a life-long muse for Johannes Brahms, and the Liebeslieder Waltzes gives vivid expression to romantic love.
Pianist Clare Gordon, our regular accompanist, once again joins Valery Lloyd Watts for the four-hands Liebeslieder accompaniment.
More love songs will be featured in the April 29 evening program and we welcome, making her KCC debut, soprano Charlotte Stewart-Juby.
We are exploring ways to work in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society, and are looking forward to a December 9 event at Waterford Retirement Residence
Come and experience the Kingston Chamber Choir. You'll be glad you did.