2019 Spring Concert

"FEEL THE SPIRIT"

Sunday, April 28, 2019
St. Basil's Church, Ottawa
3:00 PM

For moreinformation contact: bytownvoices@gmail.com

Outreach Concert
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre

Peace on Earth

A holiday concert to celebrate peace and renewal and to commemorate 
the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War

Sunday, December 9th, 2018
3:00 pm
St. Basil's Church, 940 Rex Ave. Ottawa
(off Maitland, north of Queensway)

The program began with songs of WW I. The first medley reflects the enthusiasm that some felt at the beginning of the war. Thiswas immediately followed by the bitter sweet carol from the American Civil War "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" which expresses the sadness of the lack of peace in wartime. Gounod's "Da Pacem Domine" is a call for peace and "Silent Night" recalls the Christmas Truce. The first half ended with John Rutter's reflective Psalm 23 and Christine Donkin's "In Flanders Fields".

The second half of the program began with another call for peace with Mendelssohn's "Grant Us Thy Peace" sung in German followed by two homecoming pieces "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and the "Irish Blessing". The program endedwith three selections referring to water - both the literal and spiritual cleanser. 

PROGRAM

  Songs from the 1st World War, Medley 
                                                 
Arr. A. Humphreys

  I heard the bells on Christmas Day     Traditional

  Da Pacem Domine                    C. Gounod

  Silent Night                              Traditional

  Psalm 23 Rutter Requiem         John Rutter   

 In Flanders Fields                      C. Donkin (Canadian)

 Verleih uns Frieden (Grant us thy peace)                
                                                   F. Mendelssohn

 It came upon the midnight clear    Traditional

 I'll be home for Christmas             Arr. P. Langford  

 Irish Blessing                                P. Willsher (Canadian)

 The river (medley of three spirituals)    Arr. S. Albrecht 

 Kawouno Wan Gi Pi                  Arr. Brian Tate (Canadian)

 I Dreamed of Rain          J. Garrett | Arr. L. Nickel (Canadian) 

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