Since September of this year, the almost 70 strong North Island Choral Society has been rehearsing their upcoming performances of “Magnificats,” written by five different composers.
The choir will include in their program contrasting “Magnificats” by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), his son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707), Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) and Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). The works will be sung in Latin, English and German.
The NICS performances of “Magnificats” are on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. in St. George’s United Church at 505 Fifth St. in Courtenay.
If you are a lover of classical choral music, this is a concert not to be missed.
Once again, the choir will be conducted by artistic director Paul Colthorpe and accompanied by Elvera Penner. Colthorpe is a music teacher in School District 71 and Penner is a well-known local music educator.
The NICS is joined by the NICS Orchestra and well-known local sopranos Megan Skidmore and Carol-Anne Parkinson, contralto Tasha Farivar from Victoria, David Brown, tenor, who has sung many times with the choir, and a newcomer to NICS performances, Sam Maraccini, bass, also from Victoria.
Tickets for each performance are $20. The tickets are available from Blue Heron Books, Comox; Laughing Oyster Books, Courtenay; Choir members.
Tickets for children under 12 are $5 at the door and from choir members.
For more information: northislandchoral.com
– Submitted by North Island Choral Society