Wednesday, 07 December 2011 15:52

Swift Current's Oratorio choir shares tidings of comfort and joy

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By Lesley Oakman — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Snow has fallen on southwest Saskatchewan, but the Swift Current Oratorio Choir is ready for it.

They have been getting in the Christmas spirit since mid-September, rehearsing and preparing for the annual Christmas concert, to be held Dec. 11.

Christmas is generally recognized as a time of joy, but with all the rush of preparations and the hectic pace of the season — it may be hard to find the joy.

Also, for many, Christmas is a time of sadness as they remember friends and loved ones who have passed away.   

Music can be a source of comfort and hope during these trying times.

In recognition of these emotions, the choir has been preparing a selection of music exploring grief and loss, in addition to more traditional joyful Christmas repertoire.

The Oratorio Choir is a community choir with members from all over southwest Saskatchewan.

Approaching their 40th season, the choir is going strong, with many first-time as well as long-time members enjoying singing together.

The choir is directed by Marcia McLean, and accompanied by Sheila Braun.

The Swift Current Oratorio Choir presents “Tidings of Comfort & Joy” on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Zion Mennonite Church in Swift Current.

Adult admission is $12, $10 for seniors, $5 for students, and children 10 and under are free.

Receive $2 off adult and senior admission with donation of a non-perishable food item for the Canadian Mental Health Drop-in Centre.

The audience is invited to join the choir for a reception following the concert.

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