A Choral Cornucopia (April 2024)

2:30pm 13 April 2024 – St. Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo

Nanaimo Tickets: $25 through the Port Theatre  or $25 cash at the door for Adults, $5 for Students, Children under 13, Free

Port Theatre tickets: 250-754-8550 or www.porttheatre.com (direct link: https://tickets.porttheatre.com/TheatreManager/175/online?performance=5410)

What do you do when naming a harvest of wonderful repertoire that has no obvious relationships?: call it a “cornucopia”. Island Consort presents “A Choral Cornucopia” which begins with Salish Song, and an acknowledgement to the Snuneymuxw 1st Nation. Music Director, Bruce Farquharson has divided the rest of the program into 4 sections; Sacred, Contemplative, Foreign and Folk, with four selections in each section.

True to the choir’s origin in Early Music, there is one Late Renaissance work which fits nicely into the Sacred section. As Contemplative, the choir will sing a jazz ballad that echoes a rendition by Barbra Streisand. The Foreign section has a beautiful Latvian song arranged by Latvian and Okanagan Valley resident, Imant Raminsh. The last section, Folk, features a beautiful and simple spiritual. Every piece is a choral treasure and, collectively, the repertoire will touch many emotions and evoke many images. Pianist, Cheryl Satre, will accompany the choir on several pieces.