The Lyric Theatre Singers: Candlelight Concerts coming
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