Sounds of Christmas

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The Cape Breton Chorale once again presented its traditionalChristmas concert on Sunday, December 4, 2011, at St. Andrew's United Church, Bentinck Street, Sydney, NS.Entitled "Sounds of Christmas", the music was an eclectic choral introduction to the holiday seasonchosen to engage the audience in a broad emotional spectrum. The program was designed to evoke not only inspiration and meditation but also fond remembrances of Christmases past and joyful celebration of continuing blessings of family and friends. Several opportunities for audience singalong participation were included.

The program was produced by Sister Rita Clare.The Chorale was under the direction of Rosemary McGhee with Paula Jane Francis providing organ and piano accompaniment .

For this presentation, the Chorale was joined by the Seton Elementary School Choir directed and accompanied, respectively, by Chorale members Paula Jane Francis and Mary Jane Ross. The program also included selections by the woodwind trio All Sorts Consort.

In Joyful Song

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The Cape Breton Chorale's spring program offered a full spectrum of colors from songs of praise to arrangements of folk songs and nursery rhymes. It included songs of love, a medley of well known songs by Allister MacGillivary, instrumental selections and the resounding Freedom Trilogy by Paul Halley, exploring the extensive range of the Chorale’s repertoire.

The joy of Easter and the awakening of spring were celebrated in John Rutter's Praise Ye the Lord, Gustav Holst's Psalm 148 and the well known Anthem for Spring from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana. The program moved through much-loved songs like Loch Lomond and The Turtle Dove to songs by Gordon Lightfoot and Andrew Lloyd Webber and evoked memories of childhood in whimsical arrangements of Old MacDonald, Teddy Bears' Picnic and other childhood favorites.

The concert proceeds went to the Sister Rita Clare Music Scholarship fund. The scholarship is awarded annually to assist a secondary school student from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board who is planning to pursue studies in music or music education at a recognized post-secondary institute.

Harvest Celebration

November 6 and 7, 2010

thumb_1011PosterforWeb.jpgFurthering its commitment to raise funds in support of Music Therapy for Hospice and Palliative Care at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, the Chorale entertained audiences with a casual program of both choral and solo music, including show tunes, pop songs, and a singalong.

Chorale Members served tea, coffee, and homemade squares and tea biscuits/jam to the audience, who also had a chance to win lovely door prizes.

The two performances: Saturday evening, November 6th at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, November 7th at 2:30 p.m. were very well attended - this concert format continuing to be extremely popular.

Our Musical Heritage

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SPRING CONCERT

This year the Chorale explored some of the many facets of Our Musical Heritage (from Mozart to Stan Rogers) which enrich our cultural lives here in Cape Breton. The program began with Mozart’s Mass in C Major, an energetic composition written to celebrate the joy of Easter Sunday. From this European classic the musical journey continued with selections which reflect the indigenous Native cultures, and those of the Scottish, Irish, and Black immigrants who settled here. It is no surprise that, with such a rich and varied background of music, Cape Breton is producing songwriters today that are worthy of a place in the national and international music scene, and the concert journey ended “on that note”!

Christmas Reflections RESCHEDULED

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RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

The Cape Breton Chorale celebrated the onset of the 2009 holiday season with its thirty-seventh consecutive Christmas concert on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. in St Andrew's Church, Bentinck Street, Sydney, NS.  This was a rescheduling of the concert originally planned for December 6th.

The program was chosen to engage the audience in a broad emotional spectrum. The music evoked not only inspiration and meditation but also fond remembrances of Christmases past and joyful celebration of continuing blessings of family and friends. Several opportunities for audience singalong participation were included.

The Chorale felt that Friday's concert was very special - almost as if it was was singing for a select audience in a very special setting. There was a deep sense of beauty and peace throughout the concert.  So, despite the unfavorable weather and disappointment at the forced rescheduling, there was much to be grateful for and to reflect on.  The Chorale expresses its deep appreciation for the enthusiasm and loyalty of its audiance and wishes one and all the very best this holiday season has to offer.