Thursday, November 29th and Friday, November 30th
Tickets (some charges may apply) : 819-822-9692 or purchase online
$25 | Adults – $23 | Seniors
$15 | Students – $10 | Reduced visibilty, all ages)
A World Premiere for the Bishop’s University Singers
The Bishop’s University Singers will present the World Premiere of a newly commissioned work, Hodie Christus Natus Est Op. 92 for chorus and brass quintet, composed by Eastern Townships composer and Bishop’s Music Department Professor Andrew Paul MacDonald in a grand Christmas concert on November 29 and 30 at Centennial Theatre.
Since September, the choir, under the direction of Fannie Gaudette, has been rehearsing a part-classical, part-“classics” Christmas program including Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Morten Laurisden’s famous O Magnum Mysterium. Rounding up the program are some favorites such as Holy Night, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Is You and many more of the season’s quintessential airs. … A dozen of the region’s most talented musicians, as well as many soloists will accompany the choir to kick off the Holiday Season in style.
A composition specially written for the Bishop’s Singers
Commissioning a composition for the Bishop’s University Singers? The idea was in the back of the mind of the choir’s Artistic Director, Fannie Gaudette, ever since the ensemble had interpreted The Frozen Brook, also by MacDonald, in a previous concert. “We are fortunate to have an extraordinary composer within our department. It’s truly an honour and a privilege for us to present this work, which will undoubtedly become an important piece of choir repertoire, while offering a wonderful experience for our students!” remarks Ms. Gaudette.
From the beginning of their discussions two years ago, Dr. MacDonald and Ms. Gaudette agreed on a composition that would be included in a Christmas concert. Something festive, following the celebrations of the Music Department and Choir’s 50th anniversary, and a sneak peek to herald the 175th anniversary of Bishop’s University!
“When I was younger and sang with the Elora Festival Singers, presenting the work of Bach, Handel, Britten and many more, I was already imagining myself writing my own composition to celebrate Christmas. Many years later, it is now my turn to tell the story of Christmas through the texts of the Christmas Night Magnificat, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s This Christmas Night, and of the Gospel according to St. Luke, 2:1-14,” Dr. MacDonald explains.
A concert broadcast on MAtv
To immortalize this wonderful project, a film crew from the MAtv network will record the November 29th concert, which will be broadcast during the Holiday Season! This opportunity provided an additional source of motivation to prepare a concert of the highest quality. With 70 singers accompanied by 12 professional musicians, there is doubt that concertgoers will experience an enchanted evening!
This special concert is made possible thanks to the support of the Bishop’s University Singers’ main sponsor, Quebecor. Quebecor’s generosity has allowed the choir to not only consolidate its concert series, but also for the first time to take part in the creation of a new choral work by a notable composer from our region.
Bishop's University Singers
The Bishop’s University Singers are a large mixed-voice chorus. The choir is open to everyone working or studying and Bishop’s University and to members of the Lennoxville/Sherbrooke communities. Bishop’s students may obtain academic credits for singing in the group. But it is first and foremost a community organization dedicated to offering all members the opportunity to sing the great choral works of the classical tradition, to perform a wide variety of popular and contemporary music, and to collaborate with the best instrumentalists of the wider Sherbrooke/Montreal area. We are a teaching choir. We take pride in introducing people to the joy and energy of musical performance. We benefit from the generosity of music majors and experienced musicians who model for newcomers the values of discipline and dedication to the craft of singing. We benefit from the presence of older community members who remind us regularly of the lifelong joy of raising our voices together. In addition, we benefit from members with no previous musical experience who show us the irresistible potency of feeling that joy for the first time. We regard serious music of the past five hundred years as indispensable to choral education and commit to producing at least one full concert of this music per year. Finally, we welcome opportunities to work with other conductors and choral ensembles on the understanding that a variety of sounds and approaches brought together can produce mutually enriching musical experiences. For more information, visit our Website.
The BU Singers receive support from Quebecor.
Director | Fannie Gaudette
Associate-Director | Melinda Enns
Communications Agent | Sonia Patenaude