Richard Eaton Singers is looking forward to a most challenging season! The members will need to be on their toes learning their music, as there is little time between concerts in a packed season!
The season starts with a joint self-produced concert. This is a significant event in RES history, because, although having collaborated with youth choirs in the past, this is the first time RES will be joining forces with an adult choir. Kappella Kyrie is the perfect choir for this collaboration, as they are specialists in the study and performance of music from the Orthodox liturgical tradition. The concert titled O Gladsome Light being performed on Saturday November 7th at McDougall Church, will feature music from 18th Century Ukraine and Russia to works by contemporary composers using the distinctive Slavonic language, co-conducted by Kappella Kyrie conductor, Dr Melanie Turgeon, and RES artistic director, Dr Leonard Ratzlaff.
RES continues the annual Christmas tradition of accompanying the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with their annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah on December 4th and 5th. Esteemed British conductor Christopher Warren-Green will lead RES and a quartet of talented Canadian soloists (Andriana Chuchman, soprano; Wallis Giunta, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Haji, tenor; and Nathan Berg, bass-baritone) in his ESO debut.
A quick turnaround will be needed for the December 11th commitment to the Royal Canadian Artillery Military Band’s annual Christmas Fundraiser at the Winspear in support of Canadian Military Veterans and their families. RES has a long-standing agreement with conductor Captain Patrice Arsenault to supply choral services pro bono to the RCA to aid their fundraising efforts.
Tickets: Free at the door, donations welcome
After a two-week Christmas break, rehearsals will once again ramp up to the self-produced concert This Mortal Coil on March 13. Joining the worldwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, RES will honor the bard with a program of music set to Shakespearean text conducted by RES Artistic Director, Len Ratzlaff. The most important piece being Allan Bevan’s No Mortal Business, the Western Canadian premiere of this piece co-commisioned by RES. This work features an important role for actor/narrator, Tim Anderson, requiring the portrayal of a wide range of emotion, and the need to stay in sync with chorus and orchestra. In Shakespeare’s time, the narrator gave short speeches providing necessary historical background or plot advancement. The soprano soloist also has a dramatic role, portraying the Angel of Death singing alternatively comforting and disquieting words stirring emotional reactions from all.
RES is looking forward to a fun romp with the ESO Pops, conducted by Jack Everly, featuring Hollywood Epics on April 22 & 23. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a tour de force of Hollywood scores for orchestra and chorus, including selections from Titanic, Lawrence of Arabia, Ben Hur, Gone with the Wind, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars. Says Jack: "I was raised on MGM movies - so much marvelous music, so much drama!”
In May 2016, choral musicians from across Canada and around the world will gather in Edmonton, Alberta, for 4 days of choral performances and professional development sessions. The Podium 2016 Festival includes more than a dozen public concerts featuring an exceptional roster of choirs from across Canada and beyond. Podium Late Night performances will highlight contemporary a cappella groups and vocal jazz ensembles. RES will feature as the core of a mass choir in the closing concert on Sunday May 22.
The finale concert of the RES season will involve a trip to Calgary to join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in their 60th Anniversary Season Finale with the extraordinary Symphony of a Thousand : Mahler Eight. RES will be joined by numerous guest soloists and hundreds of choral voices in this spectacular celebration on June 10 & 11. Roberto Minczuk closes out a decade as musical director of the CPO with the final Mahler to complete his set.
Are you excited to participate in this exciting season? We welcome new singers to audition to swell our numbers, and intensify the joy. To sing with Edmonton’s Premier Symphonic Choir, go to our audition page and fill in the online form.
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