Tours and Projects

Saskatoon Opera’s Magic Flute: June 2014


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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Magic Flute is like a mirror:  anyone who looks into it, sees himself; and he will find in it whatever he is looking for.  It is a complete picture of life, a mirror of the universe; “Mozart’s spiritual testament.”

~Janos Liebner, Artistic Director of the Berlin Opera, 1972.

 

In June 2014, a group of Concert Choir choristers was invited to perform as spirits in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Magic Flute, presented by the Saskatoon Opera. Working with professional artists, in a professional theatre milieu, it proved to be a significant artistic experience for our choristers, and one they will always remember.  The Saskatoon Opera  production of Magic Flute played to enthusiastic and sold-out audiences, and received rave reviews in the local press.

 

Regina Chorfest 2014


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Regina, Saskatchewan

On February 7-9, 2014, our Concert choir attended Chorfest Saskatchewan 2014 in Regina. On Saturday, February 8, we participated in Treble Youth Project with Cantate Senior Choir and Conservatory Juventus Chamber Choir, both from Regina. Under the direction of the acclaimed guest clinician and conductor, Dr. Mark Sirett of Kingston, Ontario, the three choirs worked together on a selection of mass choir pieces which included Amani (A Song of Peace) by Jim Papoulis, Rothsay-O! arranged by Ken Berg, Watane by Mark Sirett and Water of Tyne arranged by Michael Neaum. In the evening, family, friends, funders and music lovers joined the choirs for the Sounds of Celebration concert that concluded the day’s workshop.

On Sunday morning, our choir participated in Prince of Peace Lutheran Church service, and then in the afternoon worked with three adjudicators, Dr. Sirret, Dr. Elroy Friesen of Winnipeg and Jordan Travis of Burlington, Ontario on Yo le Canto and Lux Aeterna by Z. Randall Stroope. We learned so much and enjoyed working with these choral professionals.

Llangollen and Beyond, 2013


Concert Choir Performance Tour of Ireland, Wales and England

“Llangollen is a powerful example of how ordinary men and women can make a positive difference in this war-torn world… It is a mistake to think that it is only people in high political office who can bring peace. Peace begins in the hearts of ordinary people who learn to share and trust. And music is one powerful means to this end.”  Terry Waite, Human Rights Campaigner and the Eisteddfod President

In July 2013, the SCC embarked on its two-week long international performance tour to Ireland, Wales and England. In Ireland, they presented concerts in St Michael’s Church in Greystones, and in Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, and participated in two professional Irish music workshops.

In Wales, the choir took part in the 67th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. This is a well known music festival which takes place every year in Llangollen, North Wales. Singers and dancers from around the world are invited to take part in over 20 high quality competitions followed each evening by concerts where the best and most colourful competitors share the stage with professional artists. Over five thousand singers, dancers and instrumentalists from around 50 countries perform to audiences of more than 50,000 over the six days of the event. The SCC successfully participated in three competitions. You can watch our performances at the Eisteddfod through these links:

Cultural Showcase
Children’s Folk Choirs
Senior Children’s Choirs

After the festival, the choir continued to London, through Stratford-upon-Avon, Kenilworth, Warwick and Oxford. They performed a fundraising concert in Kenilworth, participated in a joint church service in Leamington Spa All Saints Cathedral and in London performed in St. James, Piccadilly.

Apprentice Choir performs in Bizet’s Carmen, June 2013


   
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

“An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I’ve left the opera house.” Maria Callas

In June 2013, the SCC Apprentice Choir participated in the Saskatoon Opera Society’s performances of Bizet’s Carmen. It was a great opportunity for our young choristers to work with a professional theatre director, a guest conductor, as well as an adult chorus and professional orchestra. Our choristers rose up to the occasion and impressed Saskatoon audiences with their professional approach to the performance.

Apprentice Choir “United In Song” Choral Festival, 2012


Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

“Music is the universal language of humanity.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In March, 2012, the Apprentice Choir was invited to participate in the “United In Song!” Choral Festival in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Together with three choirs from Prince Albert, the Apprentice choir choristers spent two days in workshops, social events and performances. The Mass choir, under the direction of Phoebe Voigts, served as demonstration choir for the Prince Albert Teachers Convention. This was a wonderful opportunity for our Apprentice choristers to grow as musicians, to make connections with other choirs and to forge deeper friendships with their fellow choristers in the SCC.