This May, Sirens takes its audience on a cross-Canada song-journey in two performances of “Canadian Soundscapes”. Concerts take place on Friday, May 13, 7:30pm at Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown, and on Sunday, May 15, 2:00pm at O’Leary United Church in O’Leary.
Having performed “Canadian Soundscapes” in May 2014, Sirens remounts this beloved concert program, retaining favourite songs while introducing audiences to new repertoire. Combining poetry, photography and a program of Canadian-composed music, the performance will explore the cultural groups and landscapes that paint this great nation.
Telling its tale from west to east, Sirens starts the concert with a chant from the Tsimshian People of British Columbia. Songs of immigrant settlers, “Family Tree” by Stephen Hatfield and “Morning Star” arranged by Donald Patriquin, transport listeners throughout the Prairies. Heading north, “Auyuittuq”, meaning “entirely without summer” in Inuit, captures the striking National Park on Baffin Island. “Reel a’ Bouche”, a mouth music piece, and “V’la l’Bon Vent” take listeners to Quebéc. The program moves to Atlantic Canada, including well-known Newfoundland folksongs “Let Me Fish off Cape St. Mary’s” and “Sarah”. Finally, the program concludes with pieces celebrating Canada including “Un Canadien Errant” and “Woodsmoke and Oranges”.
Named after the singing femmes fatales of Greek mythology, Sirens is an award-winning women’s choral ensemble based out of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Since their formation in November 2012, the group has developed a strong following of supporters and has been lauded for its pure tone quality, sensitive musicality and tight ensemble. Sirens produces two full-length concert programs each season while maintaining a busy schedule performing at a variety of concerts, fundraisers, events and workshops. As recipient of several awards at the local and provincial music festivals, Sirens earned the Richard W. Cooke award at the FCMF National Music Festival, placing first in the Choral Ensemble Class in 2015. That same year, Sirens also received a nomination for Music PEI’s award for Achievement in Classical or Jazz.
In past seasons, Sirens has been featured at the renowned Indian River Festival and the UPEI Department of Music Recital Series. The ensemble has collaborated with singer-songwriter Meaghan Blanchard, soprano Tracy Cantin, pianist Robert Kortgaard, violinist Sean Kemp and string quintet The Atlantic String Machine. During the 2016-17 season, Sirens will collaborate with the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra and the nationally award-winning Halifax Camerata Singers. The ensemble will also endeavour to record its first album of Canadian choral music in future seasons.
Tickets for both performances of “Canadian Soundscapes” will be available at the door, or by following the link below.