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Swift Current Oratorio Choir performs April 26

Written by  Lesley Oakman
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The Swift Current Oratorio Choir presents the annual spring concert April 26 at Bridgeway Community Church. 

They will perform two major works this year: Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest, and Missa Pax by Timothy Corlis.
A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest, traditionally for the deceased. The five movements of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead.
Canadian composer Timothy Corlis’s Missa Pax (Peace Mass) was written with appreciation for the traditions of liturgical texts, but reflecting the on-going search for meaning for justice, for grace, and for inner joy.
Both works feature glorious, soaring melodies as well as quieter, more reflective moments. While including many traditional choral sounds, they are recent compositions, and this performance will be their Saskatchewan premieres.
The concert will also feature the Regina Chamber Players, as well as three soloists. Toru Iwaasa will  make his debut with the Swift Current Oratorio Choir. He is a 14-year-old student at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Tenor Stephen Anderson is also from Swift Current, where he works at École Centennial School and All Saints Catholic School. Soprano Emily Ready is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Regina.
The Swift Current Oratorio Choir is directed by Marcia McLean, although the baton will be handed to Greg McLean for the performance with the Regina Chamber Players. The rehearsal accompanist is Amy Kehler, who has taken over as the accompanist for the choir this year. The choir members come from all over Southwest Saskatchewan to rehearse and perform with the choir.
The Swift Current Oratorio Choir will perform at Bridgeway Community Church on Sunday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door, or $20 in advance at Pharmasave.

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