Carnegie Hall Calling! - theHumm November 2018
Carnegie Hall Calling! - theHumm November 2018
When the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus executive first heard the news that the choir had been invited to sing in a concert at Carnegie Hall, they thought it was a joke. But it wasn’t! The organizer of the Carnegie Hall concert had discovered the choir on YouTube and thought they would fit very well in a concert he was planning. In the end the choir decided they wouldn’t take part, based on the cost of getting to New York and staying for a few days. But the compliment was tremendous. If they were good enough to sing at Carnegie Hall, then the work they had put in to develop their skills and repertoire over the last few years had certainly paid off.
The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus is a 40-voice auditioned choir whose goal is to provide audiences with an enjoyable musical experience featuring three- and four-part choral music and a variety of other styles. Its Director, Robert Dueck, has the gift of choosing music that is both a pleasure to listen to and musically interesting for the choristers. The accompanist, Peter Brown, is well-known in the Ottawa Valley as a jazz pianist and is a master of many styles of music. The choir offers three public concerts a year, performs as a guest choir at other concerts, and provides entertainment for retirement homes as well.
The Christmas concert this year is entitled “Sing With Festive Cheer!” and that’s just what the choir will be doing when it embarks on its various carols and magic madrigals such as And All the Town Be Merry! and We’ve Been a While a-Wandering. More contemplative pieces include See Amid the Winter’s Snow and A Midwinter Carol. Some of these will have flute and oboe accompaniment as well as piano, as guest oboist Robin Tropper and flautist Kathryn Adeney will add to the beauty of these songs, as well as providing some solo entertainment.
There is always a sing-along element to Robert’s concerts, and this time a beautiful arrangement of Peace, Peace and Silent Night will be included. Add that to the joyous gospel rendition of Jesus, What a Wonderful Child! and the moving arrangement of Mary, Did You Know? and you have the makings of a memorable concert.
Sing With Festive Cheer! takes place on Friday, December 7 at 7pm and Saturday, December 8 at 2:30pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, located at 20 Young Road in Kanata. Tickets are available in advance for $15 at five retail outlets: The Scottish & Irish Store in Nepean, Brown’s Your Independent Grocer in Stittsville, Kanata Barbershop, Kanata Cleaners, and Under Pressure Coffee House in Carleton Place. You can also buy them online for $18 at westottawaladieschorus.ca or at the door for $20. Children under 12 are free.
By Sally Hansen
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A Sure Thing (or Three…) - theHumm November 2018
By Rob Riendeau
There aren’t that many sure things in this world, that’s for sure. Death, taxes, and an excellent beer from a local craft brewer are about it most of the time. But this month, I have three guaranteed-to-be-great shows for you to check out.
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By — Judith Scott
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By Tony Stuart
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Books for Podcast Lovers - theHumm November 2018
By — Meriah Caswell is the Manager of Library Service at the Carleton Place Public Library
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2018 CP Holiday Train Celebrating 20 years of Helping Food Banks Across North America - theHumm November 2018
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By David Rain
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