It is one of the traditional artistic events of the yearend celebrations: the Lyric Theatre Singers Candlelight Christmas, which for the 2018 edition will offer once more a varied selection of seasonal tunes from Celtic and Gospel to Pop and Swing, including Traditional, Jazz and some Christmas songs from Broadway musicals. There will also be songs in four different languages, for a genuinely multicultural celebration.
The opening concert on December 6 will also feature a special guest group: the English Montreal School Board Chorale Youth Choir, under the direction of Patricia Abbott. This ensemble will only be presented on that date. According to the press release, this ensemble, “comprised of Grade 6 through Secondary V students, is an Alliance régionale des chorales de l’Ile de Montréal Choral (ARCIM) Festival multiple award winner and has twice been a national finalist in the Canada Council/CBC Competition for Amateur Choirs. These talented young students will present selections from their own holiday repertoire as well as lend their voices to some of Lyric’s selections, for a heartwarming evening of old favourites and exciting new melodies!”
The Lyric Theatre Singers who also delighted audiences during their summer presentation of Broadway favourites, started in 1965 as a “community-based group presenting an annual stage production on the West Island (which) has, thanks to the creation of the Lyric Theatre Singers in 1990, grown into a company of performers of all ages from every corner of the city and its environs.”
The group is directed by its founder Bob Bachelor and the choral presentations will be accompanied by Chad Linsley (piano), Sheila Hannigan (cello), Tim Malloch (flute), Robin Best (harp), Carolyn Peters (violin), and Chris Barillaro, who returns to take up his position on keyboard and percussion.
The 2018 edition of the group’s Candlelight Christmas will take place on December 6 and 7 at 8 p.m., on December 8 at 4 p.m., and on December 9 at 1:30 p.m., all the shows at the Loyola Chapel of Concordia University (7141, Sherbrooke St. West). Tickets are $30 (adults), $28 (students and seniors), and $14 (children 12 and under). Voluntary donations of non-perishable goods and/or money for The Depot / Le Dépôt Community Food Centre (formerly NDG Food Depot) will be gratefully accepted.