Mak­ing beau­ti­ful mu­sic to­gether

Sirens and the At­lantic String Ma­chine team up with Ex­al­ta­tion for con­certs to­day and Sun­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Two of P.E.I.’s beloved clas­si­cal en­sem­bles join forces this Jan­uary - Sirens and the At­lantic String Ma­chine will per­form Ex­al­ta­tion on Sun­day, Jan. 24, 2 p.m. at Trin­ity United Church in Sum­mer­side.

The pow­er­ful, ethe­real voices of Sirens come to­gether with the soar­ing strings of the At­lantic String Ma­chine to pro­claim songs of praise.

Start­ing with mod­ern, sa­cred com­po­si­tions, and then mov­ing to the rich, sa­cred tra­di­tion of choral mu­sic, the per­for­mance will cul­mi­nate with the revered Sta­bat Mater by Per­golesi.

Singing in heav­enly har­mony, Sirens per­forms reper­toire from the con­tem­po­rary choral cannon in­clud­ing pieces by An­drea Ram­sey, Gy­orgy Or­ban, David L. Brun­ner, and Moses Ho­gan, a news re­lease states.

Songs with­out words awaken the mind and spirit when the At­lantic String Ma­chine (ASM) per­forms sa­cred in­stru­men­tal pieces and ar­range­ments of Bach, Byrd, Pur­cell, and Fauré. To­gether, the en­sem­bles de­liver Srul Irv­ing Glick’s Psalm Tril­ogy, John Rut­ter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You and Per­golesi’s Sta­bat Mater, fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Sirens as soloists.

Named af­ter the singing femmes fa­tales of Greek mythol­ogy, Sirens is an award-win­ning women’s choral en­sem­ble based out of Char­lot­te­town. Since their for­ma­tion in Novem­ber 2012, the group has de­vel­oped a strong fol­low­ing of sup­port­ers and has been lauded for its pure tone qual­ity, sen­si­tive mu­si­cal­ity and tight en­sem­ble. Com­mit­ted to fos­ter­ing the de­vel­op­ment of choral mu­sic in Prince Ed­ward Is­land, Sirens pro­duces two ful­l­length con­cert pro­grams each sea­son while main­tain­ing a busy sched­ule per­form­ing at nu­mer­ous con­certs, work­shops, events and fundrais­ers.

This past sea­son, Sirens was fea­tured at the renowned In­dian River Fes­ti­val and the UPEI Recital Se­ries. The re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral awards at the lo­cal and pro­vin­cial mu­sic fes­ti­vals, Sirens won the Richard W. Cooke award at the 2015 FCMF Na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, plac­ing first in the choral en­sem­ble class. Ear­lier in 2015, Sirens was nom­i­nated for a Mu­sic PEI Award for Achieve­ment in Clas­si­cal or Jazz.

Since its for­ma­tion in April 2015, the ASM has been tak­ing the Char­lot­te­town clas­si­cal con­cert scene by storm. Five pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians with ex­pe­ri­ence in per­form­ing world­wide came to­gether to present a wide ar­ray of mu­sic rang­ing from clas­si­cal to jazz and pop. Dur­ing the spring and sum­mer of 2015, ASM per­formed to a sold out house at the Water­mark Theatre in Rus­tico, as well as an in­ti­mate con­cert at Har­ring­ton House in Rice Point.

Con­certs in the 2015-16 sea­son in­cludes ASM’s own con­certs, as well as per­for­mances with well-known New­found­land gui­tarist Duane An­drews, Char­lot­te­town’s vo­cal en­sem­ble Sirens, and Karem Si­mon as part of the UPEI Recital Se­ries.

In the fall of 2015, ASM was awarded a cre­ation and pro­duc­tion grant from the PEI Coun­cil of the Arts to fa­cil­i­tate the record­ing and pro­duc­tion of its de­but CD.

Tick­ets for the per­for­mance of Ex­al­ta­tion will be avail­able at the door, or may be pur­chased in ad­vance by vis­it­ing siren­schoir.com.

Two P.E.I. mu­sic groups, Sirens, left, and the At­lantic String Ma­chine, will per­form to­gether at Trin­ity United Church in Sum­mer­side on Jan. 24 at 2 p.m.

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