Island Voices Chamber Choir are tuning up for the release of a second Christmas CD at launch concerts in Campbell River and Comox Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Island Voices Celebrate Christmas CD No. 2

The choir will be performing music from the newly released CD in two upcoming concerts

Island Voices Chamber Choir will celebrate the release of their second Christmas CD.

The choir, whose members come from Courtenay, Campbell River, Quadra Island and all points in between, will be performing music from the newly released CD in two upcoming concerts. The first will be at Campbell River’s new Trinity Presbyterian Church located at 145 Simms Road, Willow Point. The concert will be at 8 pm Saturday, Nov. 30. The second concert will take place on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Comox United Church.

Since the release of their first CD in 2005, the Island Voices have been extremely active performing not only in Campbell River and the Comox Valley but also in many other Vancouver Island locations including Victoria, Parksville and more remote communities such as Quatsino and Port Alice. They have also performed and won awards at the prestigious Kathaumixw International Choral Festival in Powell River. The release of the new CD is a culmination of two years of hard work by the choir and their director JoAnne Preston.

The CD features guest performances from some of Campbell River and the Comox Valley’s finest musicians including pianist Sean Mooney, cellist Helena Jung, soprano Amy Lelliott, and flutists Tomoko Bonner and Diane Brown. They were also joined by a brass quintet with local performers Jake Masri, Roger Kirk, Celine Ouelette, Phil Cassidy, and Nancy Cox. Amy, Tomoko and the brass quintet will be joining the choir for the upcoming CD release concerts.

Island Voices are known for singing mainly a capella or unaccompanied music that spans centuries and styles. They will continue this tradition with a concert filled with Christmas music that is both secular and sacred. Rest assured that there will be many Christmas favourites.

Tickets for the Campbell River concert on Saturday November 30th can be purchased at the Campbell River Visitor Information Centre. Tickets are $18 for Adults, and $15 for students and seniors. Ticket price includes a reception following the concert.

Tickets for the Comox Valley Concert, Dec. 1 at 7 pm are available at Laughing Oyster Bookstore in Courtenay and Blue Heron Bookstore in Comox. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $12 for students and seniors.

The new CD will be available to purchase at both of these ticket venues and at the concerts.

For more information call Anne at (250)287-4236, Jan at (250)338-1439, or visit www.IslandVoicesChamberChoir.bc.ca .