Friday, May 29, 2009

Chorus is Vienna Bound

The Chorus has had a rich background over the past 24 years - Gordon Hafso, a former professor at Concordia University College and leader of the school’s choral music program, launched the Community Chorus. His dream was to give as many people as possible a chance to fulfill a desire to sing and experience the joy of participation in a musical community. Since its inception, Chorus members have been continually challenged with music that inspires the heart and soul. The quality of singing has also grown immensely. Chorus members have enjoyed increasingly challenging music and are delighted that the reputation of the group has grown so dramatically over the years. Gordon Hafso’s original vision of a group dedicated to singing and learning with an emphasis on the social, physical and mental aspects of gathering together has enriched the lives of many.

The Community Chorus’ performance schedule includes annual participation in the Sacred Music Festival, A Concordia Christmas, performing festive music at the Alberta Legislature and a spring concert.

But they’ve also done a couple of special events - on November 6, 2005, 95 members of the Chorus had the privilege to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York performing Haydn’s Paukenmesse under the direction of Dr. Richard Sparks. And now in July, the Chorus will head off to Austria.

The Concordia Community Chorus is very proud of its varied repertoire. The ensembles range covers the full spectrum from very classical spiritual works such as Haydn’s Creation to Broadway tunes, spirituals, contemporary pieces and operatic refrains This ensemble has also had the opportunity to premiere newly commissioned works.