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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 14:22

Oratorio Choir to start up again for the fall

Written by  Joyce Oleson
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As we moan about how summer has sped by all too fast, we can cheer ourselves up by thinking of good things to come. On Monday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Oratorio Choir has its first rehearsal of the season at Zion Mennonite Church. Later in the month we will hold the Annual General Meeting Sept. 25. 

This choir has been rehearsing and presenting concerts for decades, and continues to be a bright light in the musical scene of Swift Current. A few years ago we had the unforgettable experience of gathering with other choirs from around the world to sing in Carnegie Hall in New York. Closer to home we have joined with singers in Regina and Saskatoon. Music ranges from seventeenth century sacred choral music to new compositions of the twenty-first.
There are also songs from the pop world including the Beatles and Gordon Lightfoot and folk music from our country as well as lands across the sea.
Our fall season will be selected pieces, many of which are seasonal selections for Christmas.
The spring concert is a major work involving players from the Regina Symphony accompanying us. Marcia Maclean is our excellent leader who makes two hours of hard work a pleasure. Her husband, Greg, takes the baton for the spring concert to direct the choir and orchestra. Rumour has it that Handel’s Messiah is on the agenda for 2018.
We welcome new members every year. The only qualification is a desire to sing. You don’t need to have musical training in your background, or a solo voice to sing in the choir, just a wish to enjoy the pleasure of song and mingle with people who love to sing. If you want to join for one session, the fee is $40. For the whole year it is $75. Please join us.

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