The Lyric Theatre Singers: Can­dle­light Con­certs com­ing

Montreal Times - - News -

Christ­mas may be more than a month ahead, but for some peo­ple, prepa­ra­tions are al­ready un­der­way. I am not talk­ing about those who are cal­cu­lat­ing how much profit they are go­ing to get from the up­com­ing yearend cel­e­bra­tions, but rather, those for whom the sea­son is an oc­ca­sion to ex­press their artis­tic qual­i­ties, and at the same time, con­trib­ute to their fel­low cit­i­zens.

The Lyric Theatre has a long tra­di­tion in Mon­treal, hav­ing started as a com­mu­nity-based group in 1965, with the pur­pose of pre­sent­ing an an­nual stage pro­duc­tion in the West Is­land. In 1990 with the cre­ation of The Lyric Theatre Singers, the group ex­panded its artis­tic di­men­sion and the diversity of its mem­bers and reper­toire.

For this sea­son The Lyric Theatre Singers will present a se­ries of con­certs un­der the ti­tle of Can­dle­light Christ­mas 2017, be­tween De­cem­ber 7 and 10 at Con­cor­dia Univer­sity's Loy­ola Chapel (7141 Sher­brooke Street West).

What to ex­pect at these end of year per­for­mances? "This en­sem­ble is steeped in Mu­si­cal Theatre; telling sto­ries is some­thing they do well," con­fides Bob Bach­e­lor, founder, and di­rec­tor of the Lyric Theatre off­shoot. "Ev­ery year pa­trons tell us that our choice of ma­te­rial and the won­der­ful am­biance and acous­tics of the Loy­ola Chapel are the rea­sons they re­turn time and time again. They sense and re­spond to the pro­found con­nec­tion the Singers have with each other, to the mu­sic, and to our au­di­ences, mak­ing it a very in­ti­mate and spe­cial sea­sonal event." So, this is not the more tra­di­tional type of Christ­mas event. In­deed, ac­cord­ing to the group com­mu­niqué, for this year's event the con­cert­go­ers would en­joy a "unique ar­range­ments of car­ols, hol­i­day stan­dards and rare gems, rang­ing in styles from Ca­lypso, Celtic, and Gospel to Pop, Broad­way med­leys, and Chanukah favourites, sung in both of­fi­cial lan­guages, the ex­ten­sive reper­toire plays to the Singers' strength as per­form­ers and mu­si­cians."

The in­stru­men­tal­ists ac­com­pa­ny­ing the choir will be Sheila Han­ni­gan (cello), Tim Mal­loch (flute), Robin Best (harp), and Peter Colan­to­nio (per­cus­sion, key­board) who join forces with Ben­jamin Kwong (pi­ano).

Tick­ets for these per­for­mances are al­ready on sale. Be­sides that, the sol­i­dar­ity di­men­sion of these events is also an es­sen­tial el­e­ment: "As in pre­vi­ous years, do­na­tions of non­per­ish­able goods and money are grate­fully ac­cepted for the NDG Food De­pot," reads their press re­lease.

For de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the con­certs and ticket prices go to:

The con­certs will take place at the Loy­ola Chapel

The LyricTheatre Singers have been around since 1990

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