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Sirens in "Songs of the Sea"
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Author:  ellis.andream [ December 16th, 2014, 8:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Sirens in "Songs of the Sea"

This January, the women's choral ensemble Sirens will deliver two performances of Songs of the Sea. The first concert will take place on Friday, January 16th, 7:30pm at the Steel Recital Hall as part of the UPEI Music Department Recital Series. Trinity United Church in Summerside will host the second performance on Sunday, January 18th, 7:30pm.

Songs of the Sea includes repertoire that combines themes of loss, remembrance, purification, mythology and folklore. During the first half of the program, Sirens will guide its audience through the loss of a loved one at sea – from departure to death, through grief to acceptance, haunting harmonies and seamless movement will create a stirring set. The second portion of the concert examines the role of the sea as a source of purification and rebirth, while exploring its unknown depths.

Repertoire will include works by contemporary and classical composers. Featured are beautiful settings of Christina Rossetti texts by Steven Chatman, Allan Bevan, and Eleanor Daley. Arrangements of well-known spirituals and folksongs include Wade in the Water and Frobisher Bay. Classical works to be performed are Lili Boulanger's Les Sirènes, Gustav Holst's Hymn to the Waters, and Samuel Barber's To Be Sung on the Water. Sirens will be joined by pianist Stephanie Cole for several pieces.

Named after the singing femmes fatales of Greek mythology, Sirens is a self-directed women's choral ensemble committed to fostering the development of choral music through performance and community involvement. Since their formation in November 2012, Sirens has produced four full-length concert programs while maintaining a busy schedule performing at numerous community concerts, services, community events and fundraisers. The group has developed a strong following of supporters and has been lauded for its pure tone quality, sensitive musicality and tight ensemble. Sirens is the recent recipient of a grant from the PEI 2014 Sesquicentennial Public Arts Program that was administered by the PEI Council of the Arts. Members include: Alli Blom, Annette Campbell, Suzanne Campbell, Andrea Ellis, Jennifer Gillis, Allison Kelly, Kelsea McLean, and Mary-Claire Sanderson.

Get Tickets!

January 16th, 7:30pm
Steel Recital Hall, UPEI; Charlottetown

Buy online or over the phone (902) 566-0507
$15/10 for seniors and students

January 18th, 7:30pm
Trinity United Church, Summerside

Tickets available at the Trinity United Church office
$15/10 for seniors and students

*Tickets for both shows may be purchased at the door

Learn more about Sirens – click here!



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