Choral concert to feature ages eight to eighty

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NEW GLASGOW – The young and the young at heart will combine voices this week for a choral concert at Trinity United Church.

Seinnedair, a local youth choir, will perform both separately and together with members of the Trinitarians, a seniors choral group, all under the direction of Monica Punke.

“This concert is memorable in so many ways,” said director Monica Punke. “First, there’s the age span. Combining both choirs offers an age span of eight to 80 years. This is intergenerational music making at its best.”

She goes on to say that the range of music is incredible, from classics to contemporary, held to high performance standards of which the two choirs are known.

The program begins with Ubuntu, a piece by Mark Hayes and based of the same Zulu word which means “A person is a person by and because of other people.”

It will end with two stirring pieces, a musical setting by James Wright of Jack Layton’s message To All Canadians, and Brian Tate’s gospel style We Are One.

In between those musical offerings, there will be a great variety or pieces and styles including classical art songs, folk songs, spirituals, and music from musicals such as For Good from Wicked and Ordinary Miracle from Charlotte’s Web.

The program will also feature such contemporary numbers as Proud Mary and Avril Lavigne’s Keep Holding On and recent Canadian compositions, O Source of All by Brian Tate and The Spaces In Between Us, arranged by Larry Nickel.

Supporting the choirs will be accompanist Sandra Johnson and musicians Layne Green, guitar, Ian Grant, percussion, Adam Johnson, bass, and Michelle Johnson, flute.

Tickets for this concert are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students. They are available at H&R Music, New Glasgow, Pictou Pharmasave, by calling 752-1297 and at the door.

The show begins at 7 p.m. on June 12. 

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