by Alan Philips
What is better than the joy of being enveloped in a blanket of lush sounds of the holiday season with songs to warm your heart in perfect sync with the spirit of Christmas? This is what producer Jim Thirsk from Singing’ Gospel Music brings each year and the list of performers you can see on Saturday, November 23 is stellar.
Rosemary is a world-class improv violinist and vocalist. She has mesmerized audiences around the world since the age of three. In addition to being the first violinist to ever perform at the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican since its inception in 1483, Rosemary has performed for two U.S. Presidents and Canadian Prime Ministers and was awarded the 2018 Canadian Gospel Music Award for “Best Country/Gospel Album of the Year”. Her beautiful version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” along with pianist Roy Tan has gone viral with over 20 million views on YouTube. She has performed four times at Carnegie Hall and has toured the world with artists like The Canadian Tenors, Marie Osmond and the Rankin Family. She will be joined by her husband, Eli Bennett, who is an award-winning jazz saxophonist and film score composer.
This trio of sisters started singing at a very young age. Rooted in the rich musical legacy of their German Mennonite heritage, their childhood years were spent performing and touring in Canada, and around the world. Winner of the 2010 Covenant Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year, Father’s Daughter has the new sound of Southern Gospel music in Canada. Highlights include regular appearances at the Canadian Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer, Alberta, performing at the GMA (Canada) 2010 Covenant Awards Show, and singing at the National Quartet Convention in Kentucky.
The Alumni Project
The MEI Alumni Project is a beautifully blended choral group that is passionate about music and inspired by the art of song. Most members sang together in previous decades while attending Mennonite Educational Institute. The Alumni Project performs music from all genres including choral, jazz, pop and gospel. They are directed by Sonja Hindmarsh and Carmen Hollett and based in Abbotsford.
Class Brass Gospel Band
Vic Schofield is the founder and lead trumpet for Class Brass Gospel Band. Vic started playing trumpet at an early age and played his first trumpet solo at age seven. Since then, he has played at the Seattle World’s Fair, New York World’s Fair, Disneyland, Carnegie Hall, and a command performance for President Lyndon B. Johnson. At age sixteen, Vic began playing with the Royal Heirs and played with them for many years. In 2007 Vic formed Class Brass Gospel Band and over the years has shaped it into its present form.
This event is on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 6 pm. (Doors open at 5) at Cloverdale Baptist Church, 18685 64 Ave (at 187 Street) in Surrey.
Tickets are $22 and can be purchased in Abbotsford at the House of James, in Langley at Tom Lee Music, in Surrey at InHouse Christian Books and Gifts, and in Vancouver at Pilgrim Book and Bible.
For more information and online tickets go to www.eventbrite.ca and search “Sounds of Christmas”.
Bring your friends, family and neighbours to enjoy this great evening and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season together. See you there!
“Messiah” by George Fredric Handel will be presented at Gateway Church in Abbotsford on Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm featuring two choirs, soloists, and members of the Canada West Chamber Orchestra and the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, led by Calvin Dyck and Gerry VanWyck.
At age 52, Handel suffered a stroke which incapacitated him, making it impossible for him to perform or conduct. He also complained of blurred vision. The truth was as well, because he was not a wise businessman, he had lost a fortune in the opera business and, depressed and in debt, gave it up in 1740.
It was only shortly after these calamities in Handel’s life that he came across a libretto composed by Charles Jennens. Composed entirely of Scripture portions, Handel was so inspired that he wrote the whole 2 ½ hour oratorio in only 24 days. When he got to the Hallelujah chorus, his assistant found him in tears saying “I did think I saw heaven open, and saw the very face of God”.
Fortunately for Handel, King George decided to attend a performance. When the Hallelujah chorus began to play, the King abruptly stood up, apparently as a way of indicating he recognized that Christ was the King of Kings. It was normal protocol that if the King stood at any time, no one in his presence sat, and so the entire audience stood for the performance of the Hallelujah Chorus. The tradition has been maintained to this day.
This performance will combine a local choral ensemble under the direction of Joel Tranquilla with the Pacific Spirit Choir from West Vancouver, to form a chorus of 120 singers. Tickets are available at King’s Music or House of James or online at Eventbrite.ca
For more information see www.calvindyck.com.
Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir (Good Noise) is back for the Christmas season with their hit concert series “Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas.” The iconic Christ Church Cathedral sets the stage for these much-loved holiday concerts, Dec. 13 at 8 pm and Dec 14 at 3 pm and 8 pm. Joining Good Noise this year is the soulful and singularly talented West Coast favourite, Katherine Penfold, in a program of inspired gospel, soul and jazz arrangements of Christmas classics.
Known for a concert energy that transports the listener into a jubilant and festive musical experience, director Gail Suderman has once again put together a collection of high-energy gospel songs combined with the smooth sounds of soul and jazz stylings. New arrangements of “Joy To The World” and “Go Tell It On the Mountain” – both with a Motown-gospel blend, Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and Sara Bareilles’ “Love Is Christmas” will be featured along with Christmas songs by gospel greats, Kirk Franklin and Richard Smallwood.
Described as possessing “breathtaking musicianship….and a soaring lead voice that floats beautifully” (Evan Crandell, Earmilk), guest artist Katherine Penfold appears for the first time with Good Noise, bringing her powerful yet soulful vocal artistry along with her standout arrangements of Christmas classics from her 2017 release “Keep Christmas With You.”
A concert series that brings the best spirit of the Christmas season to Metro Vancouver audiences, this Good Noise concert experience has the audience up on their feet in response to the joyfulness of the message and music. Add to that, the mighty sound of the 90 voices in Good Noise and the stellar Good Noise Gospel Band – this is a Christmas tradition not to be missed.
Elim Village is excited to open its doors and welcome the public to enjoy the 11th Annual Artisan Christmas Craft Fair in the Oasis on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10 am – 3 pm. A beautiful venue; this market attracts a unique variety of artists and handcrafters bringing them together under one roof. Join others in the community and find the perfect gift for someone on your Christmas list or, something for yourself. With dozens of local artisans and vendors featuring holiday crafts and gifts including copper and silver wired trees, baked goods, preserves, knitted & crocheted items, jewelry, printed materials, Honeybee Centre goods, cosmetics, soaps, and more, there is truly something for everyone! Complimentary hot beverage along with Bistro lunch selections and live music adds a special flavour to this much-anticipated event.
Charities benefiting from proceeds earned include ‘Doctors Without Borders’, ‘Bethesda’, ‘Word & Deed’ and ‘Children of Hope’.
For more information, visit www.elimvillage.com/surrey or call 604-583-3546.
The inspiration of this special event comes from two main sources – the heritage of wonderful advent hymns and songs that shaped the church and its believers for many years, and the need to reach out to missions, especially in the Christmas season.
The concert will feature some very gifted talents, including vocal solos and duets, a piano trio (yes, six hands on one piano – playing some familiar pieces from the Messiah and more), a solo on a mouth organ, indeed wonderful to hear, and Christmas songs sung by the audience. The evening will also have a reception as well as a fund-raising auction.
All proceeds go to the missions of Immanuel Baptist Church, to help those in need and those serving them. Immanuel warmly invites everyone who wants to enjoy a special musical Christmas treat, and at the same time, support missions, to come out and be part of our evening. Immanuel has hosted a number of sacred concerts and celebrations of Hymns in the past, all to the spiritual and musical delight of he audience. This is another in that series.
May God bless as we celebrate His coming, both the first time and the next.
Experience a Contemplative Christmas where you will be warmly welcomed into a historic mansion filled with the sounds of traditional Christmas carols – in an unhurried atmosphere.
Browse through a forest of Pine Trees, with each tree tastefully adorned with contemplations symbolic to every tree’s theme, telling the story of God and us’, from Genesis to Revelation.
At the end of the tour you are invited to come around tables and page through the symbols of celebrations of our traditional Christmas, and enjoy seasonal cookies and hot chocolate.
There is no charge for the event. ‘all gifting will benefit a child’s hope (www.achildshopespokane.org) in Spokane Washington’