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Oratorio Choir performs with Regina Symphony Chamber Players

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The Swift Current Oratorio Choir presents their annual spring concert on Sunday April 10.


It will be an Easter-themed concert featuring Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ, Bach’s Cantata No. 4, and movements 1 & 4 of Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass. The concert will feature the Regina Symphony Chamber Players and four guest soloists.
Soprano soloist Dr. Helen Pridmore will perform with the Oratorio Choir for the first time. She is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Regina, where she teaches in Music and Creative Technologies. She has been a featured soloist and educator at concerts, conferences and workshops throughout North America.
Mezzo-soprano Brianna Dennehy grew up in southwest Saskatchewan, and began teaching at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School in 2010. She has Bachelor degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, a Certificate in Performing Arts from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, and a Masters in Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Alberta. She has been a featured performer at venues across Canada, and recently performed in a choral festival in Athens Greece with the U of A Madrigal Singers.
Tenor Michael Harris was born in London, England, completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and earned an Advanced Performance Diploma at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He is frequently featured as a soloist in various operatic and oratorio performances around the province. He is the choirmaster at St. John’s Cathedral and teaches voice in Saskatoon.
Dr. Garry Gable, bass-baritone, resides in Saskatoon where he teaches vocal studies and directs the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan. He is sought out as a master teacher and clinician for the voice, and has performed widely in Canada, the United States, and abroad.
The Swift Current Oratorio Choir is a community choir based in Swift Current, but with members from all over southwest Saskatchewan.
It is the only community choir in the province outside of Saskatoon or Regina that performs with professional musicians, and has been doing so for more than 40 years.
One of the keys to the choir's longevity is strong musical leadership, which is something the choir has in abundance.
The Oratorio choir is currently directed by Marcia McLean, with 31 years of experience in choral directing in the school system, in addition to directing a variety of other ensembles.
The choir's accompanist is Amy Wiens. She has been accompanying choirs and individual performers since she was in high school.
Greg McLean will serve as conductor for the performance. He also has years of experience in the school system as an instrumental director.
The Oratorio Choir’s concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 at Bridgeway Community Church. Advance tickets are available at Pharmasave for $20. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25.

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