Music and head-shaving
TheBishop’s University Singers concerts are coming up! Set aside the evening of Friday November 22nd or Saturday November 23rd to attend A Concert for Leucan. Leucan is an association whose mission is to help cancer-sticken children and their families believe in a brighter future. In addition to its support of clinical research, Leucan provides specific and personalized services to its families : emotional assistance and support, financial support (the disease comes with a number of additional costs : travel, food and accommodation costs, childminding costs for siblings, loss in revenue when a parent takes a leave of absence to care for a sick child, etc), referral services, massage therapy, hosting and support in hospitals’ playroom, sociorecreational activities, an awareness program in school, end-of-life and bereavement follow-up, as well as the Leucan Information Centre. Needless to say Leucan-Estrie is a crucial organisation in our area and we are very proud to present these benefit concerts to help them in their fundraising.
Our 75 singers will be accompanied by 18 professional and semi-professional musicians including many players from the Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke but also some BU faculty members (Anne-Marie Leblanc, cello, Martin Ringuette, trombone, Solange Bouchard, violin) and one BU student : Daphnee Vandal, violin. After the great success of Carmina Burana with the Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke last fall, the BU Singers are now presenting works that are less known but equal in beauty and intensity. Opening with Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony
of Carols, op.28, the first half will also include a selection of carols by John Rutter. After intermission, you will hear Donald Patriquin’s french Six Noëls Anciens, followed by Morten Lauridsen’s
Lux Aeterna. The latter, composed in 1997 for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, consists of 5 movements set to various Latin texts about Light. It is absolutely stunning, a great discovery for all of our singers. There is no doubt that Lux
Aeterna will become an important work of the choral repertoire.
Our Friday night concert (student 15$, adult 35$) will be followed by a great party at the GAIT with live music by the Tim Brink Band. We have 3 students who will participate in Leucan’s head shaving challenge that will take place on that evening: Julian Dawson, Frances Alvo and Philippe N’Djoré. Please support them! The cover charge for this evening is 5$ but it is free if you present your BU Singers ticket! All proceeds go to Leucan.
Our Saturday night benefit concert (50$) will be followed by a reception in the Centennial’s lobby with a selection of beers from Siboire, great wine and bouchées, the Sylvain Daigneault Jazz trio, and many surprises!
Tickets are on sale at the CHUSDépartement de pneumologie and at the Centennial’s box office.