Sainte-anne’s church ma­king sweet mu­sic

Love of song ins­pires va­rie­ty of sounds

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The mem­bers of a church choir who have been singing to­ge­ther for ma­ny years have cor­ral­led their ta­lents to in­clude an an­nual show to be­ne­fit area non-pro­fit groups.

The 16-plus-per­son choir at Union Uni­ted Church in Sainte-Anne-deBel­le­vue is made up of mem­bers of all ages who hail from places like Hud­son, Vau­dreuil-Do­rion, Pin­court, L’Île-Per­rot and beyond.

More than that ho­we­ver is that mu­sic is a huge part of the fa­bric of the en­tire church’s ma­keup.

For the past th­ree years, the choir, un­der mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Pierre Gal­lant and pro­duc­tion co­or­di­na­tor Pat­ti Mur­phy, has pro­du­ced and pre­sen­ted Road Show, a 90-mi­nute cho­ral mu­si­cal tri­bute.

Each tri­bute, with themes like peace, love or joy, fea­tures ori­gi­nal ar­ran­ge­ments, guest so­loists and ins­tru­men­tal ac­com­pa­niment.

And pro­ceeds from ticket sales ($20) are do­na­ted to non-pro­fit groups. Last year’s re­ci­pient was the West Is­land Pal­lia­tive Care Home.

Pre­pa­ra­tion

Ka­ren El­der, a mem­ber of the choir since 1989, calls the of­ten th­ree-month long pro­cess of get­ting ready for a new Road Show pro­duc­tion “a la­bour of love.”

She cre­dits Gal­lant’s mu­si­cal ta­lents for crea­ting what she says is a pro­fes­sio­nal­le­vel mu­si­cal ex­pe­rience.

“If you en­joy mu­sic, you cer­tain­ly en­joying per­for­ming un­der him and wor­king un­der him,” El­der said, ad­ding the en­tire group in­cludes ma­ny “ve­ry ta­len­ted and crea­tive people.”

And while the choir, which al­so re­hearses once a week, per­forms eve­ry Sun­day, it puts ex­tra em­pha­sis in­to pre­pa­ring for a Road Show event.

The next Road Show will be held Nov. 22, 23 and 24, but El­der hopes people who love and ap­pre­ciate mu­sic in a spi­ri­tual at­mos­phere will vi­sit the church any Sun­day mor­ning at 10:30 a.m.

In ad­di­tion, the church hosts a mu­si­cal Cof­fee House in Adair Hall the last Friday of eve­ry month (from Sep­tem­ber to May,) while a se­cond group, Spare Parts, fea­tu­ring ins­tru­men­tal per­for­mances with a va­rie­ty of ins­tru­ments, per­forms du­ring church ser­vices eve­ry month or so.

Church mem­bers cre­dit ama­zing acous­tics in the church hall for dra­wing the likes of the Lakeshore Cham­ber Or­ches­tra, which has been using the church for its concerts for over 50 years, as well as the McGill’s Chil­dren’s choir and the McGill Cham­ber or­ches­tra.

“It’s just a lot of fun (here) we love mu­sic and it shows,” El­der said.

Union Uni­ted Church of Ca­na­da is lo­ca­ted at 24, rue Maple, in Sain­teAnne-de-Bel­le­vue. For more in­for­ma­tion about up­co­ming events or ser­vices, call 514 457-5819, or go to their web­site at www.union­church.ca.

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