Camrose Camerata ended their 11th season, fittingly, on April 11th, 2015. Our final concert of the 2014-2015 season, Stories was a big hit with audience members and singers alike. We ran the gamut from British folk songs to African traditional works, from jazz standards to contemporary choral masterpieces.
Camerata was pleased to welcome Shumayela, the youth choir of the Kokopelli Choir Association of Edmonton, and thrilled to have such an enthusiastic and accomplished bunch of young singers share the stage with us. Their dedication to memorizing everything was a great motivator for us, as we “old folk” usually like to have our music in hand…. Shumayela brought movement and vitality to all their songs, and a sense of putting music into their whole selves. It was a privilege to host them.
Camerata looks forward to another exciting season beginning in September 2015. Plans are underway for a concert of works dealing with how music brings us closer to mystery and awe. We’re also contemplating a tour in our future! Count on our usual Lessons and Carols services the second week of Advent (or so), a concert late January, and one mid to late April. Dates TBD within the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more information.
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On Sunday, April 13, Camrose Camerata joined forces with a guest orchestra and about 30 members of Edmonton’s Vocal Alchemy choir to perform their tenth anniversary concert. The first half of the performance consisted of choral works by composers with a Camrose connection. The choir presented works by Dr. Milton Schlosser, Dr. James Neff, Dr. Marc A. Hafso, Gordon Hafso, Kyle Harland, Tova Olson, current Camerata members Darryl Dewalt and Joshua Mohr, and former Camerata member Nick Andrew Sommer. The second half saw the two choirs combine forces to present Franz Schubert’s Mass in G, D. 167 with our orchestra.
The performance was a resounding success, thanks in great part to overwhelming support from the local community and Provincial Government programs, specifically the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Cultural Initiatives Program. We are extremely grateful for the financial support, concert attendance, and positive feedback we received for this tenth anniversary celebration, and look forward to many more years of making music in and around Camrose.