Sneak peeks highlight Encore! Christmas concert

Hearth & Fire is the name of this December’s seasonal concert by the Encore! Womens Choir.

Hearth & Fire is the name of this December’s seasonal concert by the Encore! Womens Choir.

Under the skillful direction of Christine Dandy and accompanied by Rykie Avenant, these joyful voices will be singing Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Duncan United Church.

This group performs both sacred and secular music from many sources as well as selections from musical theatre.

The program caters to all musical tastes, including sing-alongs to keep the audience involved.

Listeners will delight in the beautiful Sussex Carol and Coventry Carol from England as well as the Appalachian, Tis’ the Gift to Be Simple, the Canadian Huron Carol, and the spirituals When the Song of the Angels is Stilled and He Came Down That We Might Have Love.

Also featured will be the haunting Ubi Caritas by Norwegian contemporary composer, Ola Gjeilo. Soothing lullabies and hearth songs will complete the program, with a medley of Five Favourite Holiday Songs crowning the concert.

In addition, two of the choir’s high-flying first sopranos, Heather MacGregor and Ann Yelland, will then perform the beautiful Flower Duet from the opera Lakme by Leo Delibes.

On top of that, the audience will also be treated to snippets from the upcoming production of Anne of Green Gables by the South Island Musical Theatre Society and be given a sneak peek at Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors by boy soprano Reuben Broadway and tenor Ted Rhodes.

The Cowichan Symphony Society’s production of this one-act Christmas opera will be staged at the beginning of the New Year.

Tickets are $20 each at the door or $15 in advance.

Visit www.encorewomens choir.com/performances.html for more details on advance purchases.