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As part of their 40th anniversary season, the Stairwell Carollers are presenting "UNITED IN SONG", a special evening of music in Arnprior, featuring:
The Stairwell Carollers, choirs of Glebe Collegiate in Ottawa, and special guest Gabriel Lewis-O'Connor, a past member of the world renowned male chorus, Chanticleer.
Venue: St. John Chrysostom Church, 295 Albert Street, Arnprior.
Saturday May 5, 8pm.
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, children 12 and under free. Online ticketing closes at midnight, May 4.
NB: this concert will be the culmination two days of workshops at the Galilee Centre (Arnprior) with the Stairwell Carollers and the Glebe choirs, led by Gabriel Lewis-O'Connor.
Donations to support the 40th anniversary workshop are welcomed.
The concert will be the culmination of two days of choral workshops at Arnprior’s Galilee Centre involving the Stairwell Carollers and the Glebe choirs, led by guest facilitator Gabriel Lewis-O'Connor.
The concert will feature a number of Renaissance gems from England, Spain, France and Germany, romantic era songs by Gabriel Fauré and Josef Reinberger, and modern masterpieces by Z. Randall Stroope and Vancouver’s Stephen Chatman, among others.
The concert finale, “Hostias” from Fauré’s Requiem, arranged by Stairwell Carollers director Pierre Massie, will premiere at this Arnprior concert, and will feature Gabriel Lewis-O’connor as baritone soloist, accompanied by the combined choirs.
The Stairwell Carollers - twice winners of the OMFA (Ontario Music Festival Association) provincial competition – were founded in the stairwells of the University of Ottawa in 1977 by Pierre Massie, himself an award-winning composer.
Rachel Handley leads the Glebe choirs and is thrilled to be invited to this celebratory event: “Glebe Choir members are very much looking forward to collaborating with the Stairwell Carollers. Pierre and I used to work together in the music department at Glebe Collegiate and I remember those years with fondness. Over the years a number of Glebe graduates have become members of the Stairwell Carollers and this event will no doubt prove to be a fun and musical reunion.”