The entertainer Rolf Harris once said “I don’t do requests very often…..only when I’m asked.”
Well, the Island Voices Chamber Choir has received a lot of requests – so many over recent years, that their April 29/30 concerts are made up of audience favourites.
Conductor Jo-Anne Preston says, “Island Voices is more than just a choir. It is a family of dedicated musicians committed to singing excellent music excellently. Doing so, requires a lot of rehearsal time, and our friends and families have always shared our enthusiasm. This concert is our way of saying thank you for your support.”
As with all Island Voices concerts, By Special Request represents a wide variety of music genres including classical, world, jazz, folk and popular. At the more classical end of the scale will be works by Mozart, Healy Willan, and movements from Larry Nickel’s Requiem for Peace. From there the program stretches out to Stan Rogers’ Northwest Passage, the spiritual Battle of Jericho, the Cuban Son de la Loma and a fascinating arrangement of Shakespeare’s Double, Double, Toil and Trouble. While this choir sings mostly unaccompanied, a welcome addition this time will be the Miracle String Quartet, accompanying Lennon and McCartney’s Eleanor Rigby and the Mozart Ave Verum Corpus.
You are invited to come and see for yourselves why their fans and families wanted to see these numbers performed again.
The Comox Valley concert will take place on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. at Comox United Church. Tickets are available at Laughing Oyster Books in Courtenay and Videos & More in Comox. Campbell Riverites may catch the music at the Maritime Heritage Centre on Sat., April 30 at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available at The Campbell River Visitors Information Centre.