The Celebration Singers hold their final concert of the year, Sing Into Spring, on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. at St. George’s United Church at the corner of Fitzgerald and Sixth St. in Courtenay.
And what a joyful celebration this will be! Directed by Jennifer Forsland and accompanied by the ever amazing Sean Mooney, this 60-plus-member choir will share their love of singing. The varied program will be sure to please everyone; four-part harmonies will fill the air.
Forsland chooses the choir repertoire carefully and this spring concert will be delightful. The haunting melody of The Seal Lullaby and the melancholy longing heard in Un Canadien Errant will be countered by the sassy shanty tunes of Drunken Sailor and Tell Me Ma.
Of course, the Celebration Singers enjoy a rousing gospel tune and this season it’s Ain’a That Good News. The soulful Gershwin classic Summertime from 1935 is a choir favourite along with the beautiful I Dreamed of Rain, written in 2010.
The sense of community is infectious in this choir and music is about making connections. Forsland, with her infectious enthusiasm and exuberant teaching, believes we need to release ourselves to the essence of the music and sing with spirit and intent. This concert embodies this, the magic of music and the gift of sharing.
Musicians accompanying the choir will include Aaron Amar on percussion and Tim Croft on bass. A couple of songs also have choir members joining in with some drumming and xylophones. And with Sean Mooney on the keys, audience members will be thrilled by the musicality of the entire evening.
Tickets for this May 31 concert are only $10 and available at Laughing Oyster Bookstore in Courtenay, Blue Heron Bookstore in Comox or from any choir member. Tickets will also be available at the door.
— Celebration Singers