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In this season of new beginnings, One Voice Chorus sings of hope for the future through the eyes of a newborn child in Anders Edenroth’s “The World for Christmas”. With lyrics inspired by the Christmas poem “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, we sing this tender love song to the mindful custodians of our fragile planet.
The concert is tonight, so get your tickets now!
To whet your appetite for tonight's concert, get a preview of The Real Group performing what is sure to become a new holiday classic. This song reminds us to take better care of our planet so that our children, too, can one day enjoy its beauty: The World for Christmas.
Picture it: Jerusalem, 165 BCE. The Jews have finally succeeded in regaining control of their beloved Second Temple after two years of Hellenic domination. But in order to rehabilitate the defiled temple for worship, it must be thoroughly cleansed and rededicated. This includes burning the Temple’s menorah throughout the night, every night.
The problem? There was very little oil remaining that hadn’t been desecrated by the Greeks. But according to tradition as recorded in the Talmud, this little bit of oil lasted eight days and eight nights – the exact time needed to prepare a fresh supply.
In celebration of this miracle, celebrated today as Chanukah, One Voice Chorus is thrilled to perform composer Stephen Schwartz’s “We Are Lights”, reminding us that each of us “has a bit of ancient spark” and that we are, all of us, miracles, “lighting up the dark.”
One Voice Chorus brought down the house in our nation's capital this past May. Now we're back in Calgary, ready to knock the socks off the hometown crowd!
"I'm really proud of the way One Voice Chorus is growing and shining in its fourth season," says founding Artistic Director Jane Perry. "I can't wait for us to have a chance to show our fans what we've been up to!"
There's only one way to find out:
We're still ten days away from the concert, but for the time being, here's a preview of one of our favourites this time around. Composer Eric Whitacre conducts his own piece "The Seal Lullaby", performed by Junges Vkalensemble Hannover in Germany: view video.
One Voice Chorus, our city's one and only LGBTQ chorus, is at it again. This time, we're decking the hall and jingling our bells in what is sure to be Calgary's "gay"-est holiday concert!
Join us for music ranging from classics like “Away in a Manger” and “Carol of the Bells” to the wacky and wonderful. Can you imagine the lyrics to “Jingle Bells” set to Tchiakovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite?” Don’t even try; you’ll have to come to the concert to believe it!
Special guest, jazz vocalist Peter Cameron, will put his own spin on staples including “The Christmas Song” and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”
There are four long weeks to wait to hear us sing again. In the meantime, though, mark your calendars, order your tickets (and a few for your family and friends, too), and get a sneak preview of Ola Gjeilo’s arrangement of the traditional holiday classic “Away in a Manger”.
One Voice Chorus (OVC) shows its pride! OVC will be “out loud and proud” on the streets of Calgary as we celebrate at the Pride Calgary Parade on Sunday, August 31.
Fresh from our exhilarating national debut at the Ottawa Unison Festival, OVC plans to continue to spread the word about just how dynamic and colourful our choir can be!
See you at the Parade!
For more information about Calgary Pride, including the many events taking place during the week-long celebration, please see the Calgary Pride website.
One Voice Chorus (OVC) is Ottawa Bound! as the choir gears up to travel to Unison, Canada's LGBTQ choral festival. Before leaving for Ottawa, OVC has prepared some pre-Unison fun right here in Calgary — tonight's the night!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Christ Church Elbow Park
3602 - 8 Street SW, Calgary
OVC's guests are fellow Ottawa Bound! travellers, the Calgary Men's Chorus and the BarberEllas. Each group will perform the set that they will be singing at the Unison festival, taking the spirit of Alberta out east.
Come and cheer for Calgary's "Unison Team" tonight!
May 3 (8:00 pm) is the date — mark your calendars! On May 3, One Voice Chorus (OVC) and its guests, the Calgary Men's Chorus and the BarberEllas, will present a celebratory concert called Ottawa Bound! This concert showcases the music that each ensemble will be singing at the 2014 Unison Festival, a national choir festival for LGBTQ choirs happening in Ottawa later in May.
For the Ottawa Bound! concert, OVC is bringing back some particular favourites, including the achingly beautiful folk song "Shenandoah" and the poignant tune "I Won't Wait".
OVC is excited to host the Calgary Men's Chorus (CMC) and the BarberEllas. Under the expert creative direction of Jean-Louis Bleau, CMC's repertoire will surely include some unusual works, alongside more traditional offerings. The BarberEllas, in turn, are sure to entertain in their trademark a cappella style.
Please join us for this big send-off concert and wish all three groups luck as we venture to Ottawa to share our musical joy with choruses from across Canada!
Come and cheer for One Voice Chorus, the Calgary Men's Chorus, and the BarberEllas as they prepare to take the nation's capital by storm at the 2014 Unison queer choir festival! The Ottawa Bound! concert showcases the music that each ensemble will be singing at the Unison festival in Ottawa later this May.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
(doors open at 7:30 pm)
Christ Church Elbow Park
3602 - 9 Street SW, Calgary
Calgary Men's Chorus
Come out and sing for a cause!
One Voice Chorus is organizing a karaoke night to help raise funds to participate in the 2014 Unison Festival in Ottawa.
Cat 'n Fiddle Pub
540 - 16 Avenue NW, Calgary
Friday, April 4, 2014
Amy Bishop and Alyssa Kelle
Think Big concert—a concert about big themes and big issues—will feature the world premiere of an original composition by One Voice Chorus bass Daryl Crockford entitled "Stand Up!" This seems only fitting, given the attention paid during the Sochi Olympics to Russia's ongoing human rights violations directed at its LGBTQ community.
"Stand Up!" is dedicated to those who came before us, to those who fought and lived, and to those who suffered and died. This piece reminds us of the historical and ongoing struggles of the LGBTQ community here in Canada and around the world. We continue to proclaim that "it's time to be counted" and "time to be free!"
The Think Big concert is just one day away, so be sure to buy your tickets soon! Until then, read about How Sochi Became the Gay Olympics.
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