by Contributor on Monday November 14 2022
Nelson Choral Society is hosting the concert Of Frost and Fire for night only on December 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.
It might be a dark winter night in December, but Of Frost and Fire will provide a light.
The Nelson Choral Society invites the public to come in from the cold and immerse in the warmth and glow of beautiful choral singing.
After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 50-member community choir is back.
“The singers missed this choir so much!” says Society president Vivien Bowers.
“They missed the sense of community, and working together to create beautiful harmonies and soundscapes. There was such excitement and gratitude when they were finally able to start rehearsing again. They’ve poured their heart into it.”
Director Kathleen Neudorf says it was wonderful to be back working with the singers after so many unknowns and “what ifs.”
She’s created a program for this concert that examines light after darkness — “the glow on the horizon that gives hope when our nights are longest and we seek warmth.”
“The music serves as a metaphor for what many of us have experienced in the music community during this pandemic - a coming together after the shutdown of activities,” she says.
“The music, the texts, the harmonies are all tenderly crafted to uplift one’s spirit and celebrate that our choral communities are able once again to do what we love.”
The program will include a Nelson première of local composer Don Macdonald’s complex and evocative piece “The Grace of Light.”
Other songs include a choral arrangement of Gordon Lightfoot’s “A Winter’s Night,” Ola Gjeilo’s soaring “Luminous Night of the Soul,” and songs by composers such as Eric Whitacre and Karl Jenkins. The accompanist will be Christoph Martens.
The program will include guest choir Inspirare, also directed by Neudorf. This will be the first opportunity for Nelson audiences to hear this new women’s choral ensemble.
Tickets $15 ($10 for children 12 and under) at the Capitol Theatre Box Office or online at capitoltheatre.ca
Further information at nelsonchoralsociety.org.