Canadian commissions highlight Laude show

Ensemble Laude, CBC choral competition finalists from Victoria, are back for their annual show at Providence Farm Sunday, June 21 starting at 2 p.m. This year the choir’s event is entitled Ah, Canada! Songs from Our Land.

The audience will journey with the voices of the women’s choir from age to age and coast to coast as they explore a variety of lyrical compositions. From feisty Quebecois pieces to contemporary Canadian compositions, the group aims to distill the spirit of Canada into music. Show highlights include two Canadian commissions: The Hummingbird from up-and-coming East Coast composer Kathleen Allen and the enchanting Requiem on Vancouver Island by Sarah Quartel. In addition to their usual medieval magic, Ensemble Laude will also present Scandinavian masterpieces such as Even When He is Silent, and Pakkanen by Rajaton.

Tickets are $15 at the door, or $12 in advance from Ten Old Books in Duncan. Children 12 and under get in free.