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Sirens presents "Canadian Soundscapes"
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Author:  ellis.andream [ April 5th, 2014, 9:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Sirens presents "Canadian Soundscapes"

Join Sirens as they sing the stories of our nation in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. On Sunday, April 27th, 7:30 PM, Sirens will perform “Canadian Soundscapes” at Zion Presbyterian Church, Charlottetown. A sure highlight of the evening is the world premiere of a commissioned work by Dr. Richard Covey.

Named after the singing femmes fatales of Greek mythology, Sirens is a self-directed women's choral ensemble comprised of experienced singers who have a passion for collaborative music making. Since their formation in November 2012, the group has developed a strong following of supporters and applauded for their pure tone quality, sensitive musicality and tight ensemble. Members include: Alli Blom, Annette Campbell, Suzanne Campbell, Andrea Ellis, Jennifer Gillis, Allison Kelly, and Kelsea McLean.

“Canadian Soundscapes” will explore the cultural groups, landscapes, and ideals that make up this vast nation in a program of all Canadian composers. Central to this performance is the world premiere of “Lost Voices” by Island composer Dr. Richard Covey, a commission supported by the PEI Council for the Arts Sesquicentennial Public Arts fund, made possible by PEI 2014. Covey, whose works have been performed by the Gryphon Trio, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, has composed a piece that explores the 1864 Charlottetown Conference from the perspective of the women who were present. With text from the diaries of Margaret Gray Lord, the work will capture the behind-the-scenes nature of the female experience through carefully scored musical ideas and singer movement.

Folk songs will be a key feature - from the Francophones of Lower Canada, to the Hungarians of the Prairies, their songs and stories will be presented in colourful arrangements. Sirens will recreate the cold, desolate Northern Territories with Bob Sled's “Ice.” With carefully placed syllables and vocal sound effects, this piece is sure to leave the audience mesmerized. Finally, the concept of unity will be explored with an arrangement of song writer Ian Tamblyn's “Woodsmoke and Oranges.” Throughout the program, Sirens will use movement to lead its audience through its presented musical ideas.

Tickets available at the door; admission is $10/person and $20/family.

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