Last night my husband treated me to an early anniversary celebration by taking me to a concert held in our local Anglican Cathedral. We enjoyed incredible music for 90 minutes....the time sped by and it was the icing on the cake for me of Palm Passion Sunday.
Here are some samples from the programme:
Hosanna to the Son of David (Thomas Weelkes)
Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Faure)
The Passion Chorales from The Orgelbuchlein (J.S. Bach)
Komm, Jesu, Komm (J.S. Bach)
--all performed by The Luther Bach Choir; organ solos and accompaniment by Valerie Hall (O how I wish the Cathedral organ had a few more ranks of wooden pipes to deepen the sound and remove the tinniness of the metal piping, but it was still pretty wonderful in Ms. Hall's capable hands!)
Bless The Lord, O My Soul (Mikhail Ippolitof-Ivanof)
Heyr, Himna, Smiour (Borkell Sigurbjornsson)
--performed by Campion Schola Vocal Ensemble
As if the singing wasn't sufficiently edifying and enjoyable, we were also treated to instrumental performances by several young people, of junior and senior high school age, all sufficiently fantastic as it is, but I am also looking forward to hearing them in ten years' time and when playing professional grade instruments. SO MANY talented people in this city.
It is a pleasure to be feeling well enough and mobile enough to finally start taking in more of the musical culture this city has to offer. For such a small city, out in the middle of the prairies, it has a wide range of cultural events, well done, completely professional. Over the next year we hope to discover and take in even more musical performances.