Concerts and classes
MUSIC. This March, the Festival de la voix will be celebrating its fifth anniversary by adding new venues in Lachine and Pointe Claire and include two private concerts for school children. It continues to provide a stage to highlight Quebec music and encourages the development of emerging musicians through workshops.
Founder Kerry-anne Kutz created an event that promotes live Canadian music and offers the public an opportunity to actively participate. Though she is thankful that Dorval will remain a steadfast host, the move to involve more communities is one she welcomes.
«This year we are excited to add performances in the beautiful L’entrepôt concert hall on the Lachine Canal, and in the Lakeshore Unitarian Congregation on Sherbrooke St. in Lachine,» she explains.
She believes that as a culture we have moved away from a sense of community and the festival is a way to help bring people back together.
CONCERTS AND CLASSES
Over the two weekends visitors will be treated to six concerts and close to 30 artists performing styles as varied as Broadway standards and a female barbershop.
«We have a great selection this year and some are very different. Powerful singers, eclectic vocal performances and some of the top amateur choirs in the city,» Kutz explains.
The concerts will include the baroque Ensemble Caprice, a multi-discipline concert dedicated to seniors and a finale called Choralissimo!,which includes four past and present finalists in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. Children in some Dorval and Pointe-claire schools will enjoy a concert to encourage them to be part of the music and band programs in their schools.
The second weekend also has five workshops, including two to help singers develop their storytelling skills, and one about coping methods to deal with the jitters. For choirs, there will be two that provide tips and habits that choristers can use to make rehearsals better and another that explores the different periods of choral compositions and how best to present them for modern audiences.
The event is taking place over the two weekends of March 16 to 25.
One of the many performers during the Festival de la voix, Acapella Sounds will fill ears with their female Barbershop vocal harmony.