Sirens is thrilled to have been invited to collaborate with the award-winning Halifax Camerata Singers (HCS) in Let our Spirits Soar: The Voices of our Past, on Saturday, May 27 in Charlottetown at Park Royal United Church at 3:00 p.m. and in Halifax on Sunday, May 28 at 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church.
Camerata Artistic Director Jeff Joudrey commented “I’m so looking forward to these concerts with Sirens. We worked together over the past year, and this program is inspiring and eclectic, with repertoire reflecting where we’ve come from as Canadians in our founding cultures, to music of several faith communities, ranging from Muslim (Ai’Yu) to Christianity (spirituals/Gospel traditions).”
The two ensembles will combine for some repertoire including a joyous Gospel-infused finale, and also perform on their own. Halifax Camerata Singers will present the world premiere of its new work, I Lost My Talk, with text by the late Mi’kmaq poet, Rita Joe, commissioned from Canadian choral composer, Jeff Enns. Camerata will include the work in their upcoming June tour to Edmonton, as guests of the first Edmonton International Choral Festival, presented by Pro Coro Canada. Sirens will explore folksongs of French, Gaelic and English traditions. One of the featured works to be performed by the ensemble is Ya Faraoule by Stephen Hatfield; featuring driving percussion, sensous harmonies and Arabic text, this work will transport the audience to another land.
Tickets are on sale now through Ticket Halifax, at $25 Adult, $20 for seniors and $10 for students/under-waged and at sirenschoir.com. Halifax Camerata Singers gratefully acknowledges funding for these concerts from the Province of Nova Scotia.
More about Halifax Camerata Singers:
Now in their 30th anniversary season, and founded in 1986 by Artistic Director Jeff Joudrey, Halifax Camerata Singers has become one of Canada’s leading chamber choirs, winning the Healy Willan Grand Prize for Canadian choirs in 2010. Last season the choir released its fifth recording, A Time for All Things, which won Best Classical Recording from Music Nova Scotia in 2016, and is currently nominated for an East Coast Music Award for 2017. Lynette Wahlstrom accompanies the choir, and Assistant Director is PEI native Michael James. The choir includes performers from many parts of Nova Scotia and one from PEI, and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, the Province of Nova Scotia/Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality and individual donors and corporate supporters. The choir has distinguished itself by performing exciting choral repertoire from many periods and styles, with special attention to Canadian music. Camerata often collaborates with chamber ensembles, Symphony Nova Scotia and other musicians. Camerata’s five recordings are for sale at the Symphony Nova Scotia Boutique, Taz Records, online and through iTunes, and are distributed worldwide through Naxos of America, Inc. in partnership with Halifax’s Leaf Music.