Con­cor­dia Choir

At their Christ­mas Con­cert De­cem­ber 9, 2017 at 2 pm

Das Schwarze Brett - - INSIDE STORY -

As usu­al, In­ge Webb, a mem­ber of the Van­cou­ver Al­pen Club and the Con­cor­dia Choir, cal­led ever­yo­ne to in­vi­te them to the Christ­mas Con­cert for a “fes­ti­ve af­ter­noon of songs and Ge­müt­lich­keit”.

The first pic­tu­re to the left shows the Choir, ma­de up of around 40 to 50 so­pra­nos, al­tos, te­nors and bas­ses. They sang ma­ny tra­di­tio­nal Ger­man Christ­mas ca­rols and had a ba­ke sa­le in bet­ween the first and se­cond half of their con­cert.

So­phia Por­ter (se­en in the midd­le pic­tu­re) was as­ked to ta­ke char­ge of the coat check and was the youn­gest vol­un­te­er. She al­so hel­ped ser­ve cof­fee & coo­kies.

The Con­cor­dia Choir is pret­ty much a fa­mi­ly-run or­ga­niza­t­i­on. Ka­rin Frank (from right to left) is the Pre­si­dent, Man­fred Frank does pu­blic re­la­ti­ons, Tanya Frank is the ac­com­pa­nist and fi­nal­ly, Tanya’s hus­band, Shin­ji Mar­u­mo sings te­nor.

The Con­cor­dia is a mem­ber of the North Pa­ci­fic Sän­ger­bund. They prac­tice and hold their own con­certs at the Van­cou­ver Al­pen Club. They ha­ve sin­gers from a wi­de ran­ge of back­grounds, in­clu­ding Ger­man, Ca­na­di­an, Swiss, Ja­pa­ne­se, French-ca­na­di­an, Chi­ne­se, Bul­ga­ri­an, Rus­si­an and ha­ve a Bra­zi­li­an Con­duc­tor, Ser­gio Pi­res.

The Con­cor­dia Choir was foun­ded in 1976 and for ye­ars ha­ve be­en sin­ging at the Ger­man Ca­na­di­an Ca­re Ho­me, the Ger­man Ca­na­di­an He­ri­ta­ge Pla­za, the Van­cou­ver Christ­mas Mar­ket, the Be­ne­fit Con­cert for the Ger­man Ca­na­di­an Be­ne­vo­lent So­cie­ty. They al­so ha­ve play­ed at the Eu­ro­pean Fes­ti­val in Burna­by se­veral ti­mes.

Their prac­tice ta­ke place every Thurs­day at 7:30 to 9:30 pm and they al­ways wel­co­me new mem­bers to their choir. Their usu­al con­certs in­clu­de a Spring Con­cert, a Sa­en­ger­fest (every se­cond or third ye­ar), a be­ne­fit con­cert, a fall con­cert and now they ha­ve ad­ded a Christ­mas Con­cert to their re­per­toire.

Con­tact Ka­rin Frank at ka­rin@con­cor­di­achoir.ca http://www.con­cor­di­achoir.ca

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