Lyric Theatre singers perform Christmas classic with candle light
Lyric Theatre singers perform Christmas classic – Probably no other season in the year has a stronger association with choral music than Christmas. Of course, I am not referring here to the repetitious carols with which shopping malls bombard their customers with the goal of making them shop like crazy. What I am referring to are the numerous choral concerts that are produced at this time of year which are not only expressions of devotion, but of genuine artistic quality which appeals to people of various religious persuasions or even non-religious people like myself.
One good example of a good quality choral concert was delivered last week by The Lyric Theatre Singers which presented the series Candlelight Christmas 2017 at the Loyola Chapel of Concordia University in NDG.
The series was very eclectic in its repertoire, it started with the African hymn “Ogo ni fun Oluwa!” and it included some spirituals like “Christmas Kum Ba Ya,” classics such as “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” or “Holy Night,” without forgetting the pop Christmas classics: “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and—a favourite with Charlie Brown fans like myself—”A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
The diversity of Montreal was also reflected during the concert: the program included English and French carols. The rendition of “Cantique de Noël (Minuit chrétiens)” drew warm applause from the audience especially for the wonderful performance of the soloist Katherine Fournier. Soprano Laurie-Anne Jean-Baptiste also delivered a great performance with her rendition of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” So did David Chhiv with his interpretation of “Rise Up and See the King.”
The concerts also encouraged the audience to participate, at one point by lighting a candle which brightened the chapel and provided a very special atmosphere to the whole place. The other opportunity for the audience’s active engagement came when we were asked to join the choir in two sing-alongs, “Au royaume du bonhomme hiver” and “Sleigh Ride.”
This series is a seasonal tradition for the ensemble directed by Bob Bachelor which already announced its next big presentation, a new Broadway Review to be staged at the DB Clarke Theatre from June 14 to 16, 2018. Ah, if you want to join the group on a permanent basis, auditions are held this coming January for the 2018-2019 season. They are also looking for new sopranos and altos. For more information go to www.lyrictheatrecompany.com
By: Sergio Martinez – firstname.lastname@example.org