Because of the excellent quality of the acoustics, Island Voices Chamber Choir has chosen Shelter Point Distillery as the venue for the final concerts of their 20th Anniversary Season April 20-21.

Matinee added to Island Voices spring concert

Island Voices Chamber Choir presents Distillations: The Spirit of Song at the Shelter Point Distillery on April 20 and 21.

This is the final concert in a season-long celebration of the choir’s 20th anniversary. Shelter Point is a wonderful venue that offers an intimate and warm setting that will draw in the audience, and lush acrostics that singers delight in.

As with the previous two concerts this season, the program draws from the choir’s 20 year repertoire with each season and musical genre represented. Songs, mostly sung a cappella range from the sophisticated, to the sublime, to the silly. Selections include La, la, la, je ne l’ose dire a lively, French chanson written in 1538 by Renaissance composer Pierre Certon. The Micma”q Honour Song is an haunting chant that employs nature sounds and the call of the human voice. Tabula Rosa or “blank slate” by BC’s Don MacDonald exquisitely captures a quiet moment between mother and child when the mother contemplates the infinite potential of the precious life she holds in her arms.

The choir will ‘raise the roof’ with Witness, a stirring traditional spiritual. Tell My Ma When I Go Home is a cheeky, Irish children’s street song. Sesere eeye is a popular song and dance from the Torres Strait Island in Northern Australia and yes, the the choir will dance. And of course, Emcee John Elson will introduce these and many other pieces, entertaining the audience with his wit, charm and wry sense of humour.

A distillery may not be an obvious choice for a concert unless one is familiar with Shelter Point.

“There is an anticipation of something unique as one enters the production room,” says bass Doug Colwell. “Bright shiny metallic tanks occupy the upper level, light bounces off glass bottles; all buffered by dull wooden casks on the floor. As one settles into the space, the industrial setting begins to reveal itself as something less formal and more intimate and welcoming. The subtle smells and cool ambient light create an atmosphere of relaxation. The rich sound of human voices

interacting with the surroundings creates a transcendent, dare I say intoxicating experience.”

Due to the limited number of seats, Island Voices has added a Saturday matinee. Performances are on Friday April 20 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 21 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $20 (students free with an adult) and are available at The Music Plant (Campbell River), Blue Heron Books (Comox) and Benjamin Moore House of Colour (Courtenay).

Just Posted

Bear makes midnight front porch visit in Campbell River

A black bear paid a Campbell River family a midnight visit last… Continue reading

Campbell River rallies around Jonah Shankar

Community has raised more than $100,000 for his treatment in a few weeks

Drag racing open house attracts 200-plus in Campbell River

Proponents still need to provide more information to the City

Rain and high winds to hit Vancouver Island this afternoon

Thursday and Friday to see downpour of 20 to 50mm and high winds on Vancouver Island

Interested in opening a cannabis store? City to process applications through provincial referral

People interested in opening a retail cannabis outlet should get their paperwork… Continue reading

Bear makes midnight front porch visit in Campbell River

A black bear paid a Campbell River family a midnight visit last… Continue reading

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

Most Read