Songs Strings and Steps presents Christmas Stories on December 20 at Central Heights Church in Abbotsford, and on December 21 at Bethany Baptist Church in Richmond. Crafted by Calvin Dyck and Sylvia Friesen, this popular variety concert combines the talents of the British Columbia Boys Choir, the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, Fraser Valley Academy of Dance, the Sound Wave hand bell choir and the Jubilate Clarinet Ensemble with costumes, staging and stories.
In addition to the traditional Christmas story and familiar carols, the theme of the production revolves around the book Carpenter’s Gift. This story is a heartwarming tale for all ages that brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbour-helping-neighbour philosophy of Habitat for Humanity. Inspired by the story, Calvin and Sylvia decided to make Habitat for Humanity a beneficiary of the concert, and each member of the audience will receive a surprise gift at the end of the concert.
Highlights from the evening will include arrangements of “O Tannenbaum”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “O Holy Night”. The Brass will be featured in “O Magnum Mysterium”, and the boys choir, which toured Europe this past summer, will present a movement from Vivaldi’s “Gloria” as well as the hilarious “Cold and Fugue Season”. Sound Wave hand bell choir is an honour choir from Burnaby that performs with 4 ½ octaves of Schulmerich Bells and Suzuki Chimes, and will be featured in “Carol of the Bells” and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”.
The Abbotsford Youth Orchestra are performing the delightful “Bugler’s Holiday” with choreography while decked out in fun Christmas sweaters. The Jubilate Ensemble, directed by a graduate of the Julliard School in New York – Christopher Lee, will present an up-beat version of “Jingle Bells”. In addition, violinist and conductor Calvin Dyck will be featured as soloist in arrangements by Mel Bowker.
To pull off the production, Sylvia and Calvin have surrounded themselves with a professional technical team to handle lights, sound, costuming, stage design and visual backdrops.
Tickets for this special event are available at House of James or King’s Music, or on-line at EventBrite.ca For more information, please see www.calvindyck.com.
It was Marcus Mosely’s (Artistic Director) vision to create a musical community where each member is supported and encouraged to explore and grow vocally and musically. Joining the music leadership team with Marcus are Bill Sample (Musical Director) and Darlene Ketchum (Choral Director). Musically, the core focus is on African American Gospel music. However, the group also explores other forms of music that are in keeping with themes of social justice, civil rights, compassion and charity.
Annually, the Chorale performs at the Stayed on Freedom concert (a musical celebration of Black History Month), the Out to Lunch series at Vancouver Art Gallery and Jazz Vespers (Vancouver International Jazz Festival) as well as its two annual Chorale concerts. Guest performers have included David Steele, Dee Daniels, Jim Byrnes, The Sojourners and Leon Bibb.
The Chorale celebrated Marcus’ induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in November of this year with performances by Candice Churchill, Will Sanders, Clifton Murray (Canadian Tenor), Dee Daniels and Jim Byrnes.
The Chorale performs Peace on Earth on Saturday, December 17, 7:30 pm at Unity Church (5840 Oak Street) and Sunday Dec. 18, 3 pm at Highlands United (3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver). Tickets $30/adults, $25/ seniors & students available from: themarcusmoselychorale.ca or via Chorale hotline 604 770 1088 or email: email@example.com