Island Voices director John Hooper with the alto section at a recent rehearsal. Photo supplied.

Island Voices director John Hooper with the alto section at a recent rehearsal. Photo supplied.

Island Voices hosting November concerts in Merville and Campbell River

If you look at a culinary treat, can you figure out how the chef prepared it? Likewise, if you listen to a beautiful song, can you figure out how the choir prepared it?

On Nov. 27 and 28, in a concert titled “Choir, Deconstructed,” Island Voices will draw back the curtain and give you a glimpse behind the scenes. In addition to a traditional concert performance, the choir will deconstruct some pieces, taking them apart right in front of you and then putting them back together.

New musical director John Hooper will demonstrate the various aspects of the choir’s repertoire to give you insight into how it comes to life.

“The journey is at least as rewarding as the destination, and we want to share that with our audience as well,” said Hooper. “You’ll be able to hear details that you might have missed before and hopefully have a richer sublime experience and a fuller ridiculous one as well.”

In addition to this deconstruction, the choir will sing a number of traditional choral pieces and newer Canadian works, including a world premiere arrangement by Hooper. Island Voices will also welcome their special guests The Quarantones, a men’s choral ensemble who have rehearsed and performed in a variety of unique ways throughout the pandemic.

“Choir, Deconstructed” will be presented at Campbell River United Church (415 Pinecrest Rd. in Campbell River) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 28 at Merville Hall (1245 Fenwick Rd. in Merville).

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in Courtenay at Benjamin Moore House of Colour, in Comox at Blue Heron Books, and in Campbell River at The Music Plant. For more info, call 250-923-3319 (Campbell River) or 250-898-4773 (Comox/Courtenay).

This event will follow all public health guidelines., and everyone attending each performance will need to show proof of vaccination and corresponding photo ID. Everyone will wear masks during the concert, other than the performers when they are singing.

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