SACRED MUSIC SUNG BY A WOMEN'S VOCAL ENSEMBLE
AT ST. THOMAS' ANGLICAN CHURCH
201 CHURCH STREET, BELLEVILLE, ON K8N 5P2
Belleville, ON — On Sunday March 17th, 2019, a women's vocal ensemble will present an hour of choral music at St. Thomas' Anglican Church.
The tradition was started in the 2016-2017 concert series, when Matthieu Latreille and Francine Nguyen-Savaria decided to put together the “Mystery Project” and bring together singers from Montreal, Belleville and Toronto to perform sacred works. The experience was so enjoyable that they decided to renew it yearly. During the last season, the ad hoc ensemble joined St. Thomas' Choral Academy and a string quintet from Toronto to perform a Bach Cantata. “The ensemble varies from a year to another,” explains Matthieu Latreille. “It depends on the chosen repertoire, the availability of singers, and the voice balance we are looking for.” This year, Matthieu and Francine decided to showcase female voices and the music that was written for upper voices.
The ensemble will be formed of soprani and alti from Montreal. The music directors explain that as much as making people come together from various cities to perform is exciting, it is much easier and safer for them to travel to Montreal for rehearsals than to organize them for a multi-city professional choir with members performing various engagements all over the map. Some of the singers will be returning for a third season of Music at St. Thomas’, and others will be new to Belleville.
The programme will take the listener on a journey through the history of choral music, starting with plainchant and ending with a contemporary work. It will include great works of sacred music from various traditions and countries. “Classical sacred music is something organic that has evolved tremendously over time,” explains Francine Nguyen-Savaria. “It was influenced by history, change in dogmas, changes in tradition... We tried to create tableaux representing various periods of the history of classical sacred music. There will be some plainchant, works by Renaissance composers, Romantic works, modern works, and we will finish with a work by a living composer... not us, this time around, though!”
The chamber choir will perform the first part—the older works—a capella, and then move to the organ loft for works requiring organ accompaniment.
The concert will start at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow. Admission is by donation.
For more information, please contact:
Francine & Matthieu Latreille
|Event Date||03-17-2019 4:30 pm|
|Event End Date||03-17-2019 5:30 pm|
|Location||St. Thomas' Anglican Church|