at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo
Vancouver Island’s first professional choir, the Schooner Cove Singers, will bring to life the paintings of marine artist and Gabriola Island resident Tony Grove with the first concert of their second season: OF BOATS AND MUSIC. Inspired by Grove’s paintings, which will be on display during the concert, the performance focuses on the lives and stories of those at sea.
The Schooner Cove Singers are a unique group that combine the powers of choir and the organ to perform classic and contemporary music. Always looking for a way to infuse more creativity into their performances, the addition of paintings as both an inspiration and an element during the show will create something special, said the choir’s co-artistic director and conductor, Dr. Elroy Friesen. “I think that there will be some magic when we’re singing about boats and water while we’re looking at this gorgeous art.”
The concert will feature a carefully curated programme that begins with sacred music, including Mendelssohn’s As the Hart Pants. The choir will then delve into folk songs, both classic and contemporary, and end with a song that hits home: Old Lady Rose by David Baker and arranged by Larry Nickel, named for a ship that served many B.C. residents, especially the outlying communities of the Alberni Inlet as a ferry. Come enjoy the superb voices of the Schooner Cove Singers and the expressive accompaniment of Jenny Vincent on organ. Paintings, voices and the organ will make for a unique musical experience.