Confederation Singers Celebrate the Messiah

Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre presents an afternoon celebrating of one of the most enduring pieces of music in the Western choral tradition. On Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m., the Confederation Singers, orchestra, and four guest soloists perform Handel’s Messiah, the Baroque-era oratorio that celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Written in 1741, Messiah is the most famous creation of German composer George Frederic Handel, and its performance still awes listeners more than 250 years after the composer’s death. Ludwig van Beethoven himself, citing Messiah, said that Handel was the “greatest composer that ever lived.”

The concert is an annual tradition at Confederation Centre of the Arts, led by Choral Music Director Donald Fraser. Joining the Centre’s adult choir this year are guest vocalists: mezzo-soprano Hannah O’Donnell, soprano Shannon Scales, baritone Parker Clements, and tenor James Smith.   

Scales and Clements, both Islanders, have previously performed Messiah with the Centre’s Choral Programme, while this marks the debut performance for fellow Islander, Hannah O’Donnell. Also making his first performance with the Centre is James Smith, a tenor from Des Moines, Iowa currently completely his Master’s of Music degree at The University of Western Ontario.

The Confederation Singers include 70 members this year from across the community. The Singers present an interesting and varied program of music throughout the year, performing seasonal concerts on local stages and at a variety of events. Other concerts include Choral Music on a Holy Day and the popular holiday tradition Sing Along Messiah, where the audience is invited to participate.

Handel’s Messiah will be presented on Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m., in the Homburg Theatre of Confederation Centre of the Arts. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door, at Confederation Centre’s box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

Special thanks are extended to Maritime Electric, sponsors for the Centre’s Choral Music Programme, and Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5.

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Remembrance Day Concert On Tap at Trinity Church

The Confederation Singers and the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus present a Remembrance Day concert of choral music and readings in honour of the nation’s war veterans. In Remembrance takes place Saturday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown.

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In Remembrance offers an evening of thought-provoking poetry complemented by appropriate selections of choral music. One reflects and heightens the other,” says Don Fraser, director of music at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. “Much of the poetry is from the First World War, and included in the music is a Canadian choral setting of the famous In Flanders Fields poem.”

The concert will also feature I’m Dreaming of Home that members of the Youth Chorus performed at the dedication ceremony for the newly restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France on April 9, 2007, the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Other pieces of music include Bruckner’s Locus Iste,  the In Remembrance of Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, Calling my Children Home, arranged by Joseph Jennings, the beautiful Pie Jesu by Fauré and the beautiful Ubi Caritas of Ola Gjeilo.

Tickets for the annual In Remembrance performance are $15 and are available at the door or at the Confederation Centre’s box office or at 902 566-1267, toll free at 1-800-565-0278, or online at www.confederationcentre.com<http://www.confederationcentre.com/> .
Maritime Electric sponsors the Confederation Centre’s Choral Music Programme. Sobeys is the title sponsor for Live @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100.

Mass for Peace: The Armed Man

The Choral Music Programme with Confederation Centre of the Arts presents Choral Music For A Holy Day, this year featuring the Karl Jenkins epic Mass for Peace : The Armed Man. The concert will be held at historic Trinity United Church, in Charlottetown on Good Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Maritime Electric Company is the generous sponsor for the Choral Music Programme.

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The Confederation Singers under the direction of Donald Fraser will be joined by guest soloists Suzanne Campbell, Shannon Scales, Masoud Fahandezhsaadi; members of the Atlantic String Machine; a percussion ensemble lead by Dave Shephard; and Sarah Chace, flute, Laura MacLeod, trumpet, and Frances McBurnie, organ.

A Mass for Peace : The Armed Man was commissioned by the Royal Armouries to mark the transition from one millennium to another. It reflects on the passing of “the most war-torn and destructive century in human history” and looks forward in hope to a more peaceful future. The Armed Man is dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict, whose tragedy was unfolding as the piece was being composed. It was first performed in 2000 by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, conducted by the composer himself.

The text incorporates words from various religious and historical sources, including the Islamic call to prayer, the Bible, and the Mahabharata. Writers whose words appear in the work include Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge, who survived the Hiroshima bombing but died some years later of leukemia.

Admission is $20 and tickets are available at the Centre Box Office, (902) 566-1267, online at confederationcentre.com or at the door of Trinity United on the day of the concert. Choral Music for a Holy Day is presented by Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre.

The concert will be held at historic Trinity United Church on Good Friday April 14 at 7 PM.

Messiah Returns to Homburg Theatre

Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre presents an afternoon celebrating of one of the most enduring pieces of music in the Western choral tradition. On Sunday, November 27 at 2:30 p.m., the Confederation Singers, orchestra, and four guest soloists perform Handel’s Messiah, the Baroque-era oratorio that celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Written in 1741, Messiah is the most famous creation of German composer George Frederic Handel, and its performance still awes listeners more than 250 years after the composer’s death. Ludwig van Beethoven himself, citing Messiah, said that Handel was the “greatest composer that ever lived.”

The concert is an annual tradition at Confederation Centre of the Arts, led by Choral Music Director Donald Fraser. Joining the Centre’s adult choir this year the guest vocalists include: mezzo-soprano Suzanne Campbell, soprano Shannon Scales, baritone Parker Clements, and tenor Sébastien Comtois.

Scales and Campbell, both of Charlottetown, have previously performed Messiah with the Centre’s Choral Programme, while this marks the debut guest performance for fellow Islander, Clements of West Cape. Also making his first performance with the Centre is Montreal’s Comtois, an operatic tenor currently studying at the Université de Montréal with renowned baritone John Fanning.

The Confederation Singers include 75 members this year from across the community. The Singers present an interesting and varied program of music throughout the year, performing seasonal concerts on local stages and at a variety of events. Other concerts include Choral Music on a Holy Day and the popular holiday tradition Sing Along Messiah, where the audience is invited to participate.

Handel’s Messiah will be presented on Sunday, November 29 at 2:30 p.m., in the Homburg Theatre of Confederation Centre of the Arts. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door, at Confederation Centre’s box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278).

Special thanks are extended to Maritime Electric, sponsors for the Centre’s Choral Music Programme, and Sobeys, the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5.

Celebrate Holy Day With Song

Confederation Centre’s adult choir, the Confederation Singers, present the annual Easter concert Choral Music on Holy Day on Good Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church.

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Under the direction of Donald Fraser, the choristers and guests will perform the now famous Canadian work, Requiem by Eleanor Daley. Additionally, the Singers will present a series of Renaissance and Romantic motets including Tantum Ergo of Palestrina, O Vos Omnes of Victoria, and Locus Iste of Anton Bruckner. Featured soloists are Kelsea McLean and Parker Clements and organ accompanist is Frances McBurnie.

This popular concert is part of Sobeys LIVE @ Centre. Book online and get the full LIVE calendar at confederationcentre.com. Tickets for all shows are available in person at the box office, by phone at (902) 566-1267, or toll free at 1-800-565-0278.

The Choral Music Programme is sponsored by Maritime Electric. Confederation Centre also thanks the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of P.E.I., through the Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture, and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.