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Concordia Chorus returns to Alberta legislature

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Members of Concordia’s Community Chorus share the joy of Christmas in music at Alberta’s legislature (Photo by Manfred Zeuch)

EDMONTON – More than 100 members of the Concordia Community Chorus sang sacred music and traditional Christmas carols during a December 14 concert in the Alberta legislature.

During the 30-minute performance, the chorus—which is part of the university college’s School of Music but not part of the academic program—sang 10 songs, including O Come, All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, For unto Us a Child is Born, and Angels We Have Heard on High.

The chorus has participated in the legislature’s pre-Christmas program for nine seasons.

“This performance has become a ‘tradition’ for the chorus—an opportunity for visibility in the community, of course, but also a fun way to wind up our first semester of singing,” said Wendy Fraser, coordinator of events and services at Concordia University College of Alberta’s (CUCA) School of Music.

Every year, the legislature hosts noon and evening pre-Christmas caroling events, handing out free candy canes and hot chocolate to visitors in the process.

To participate in the legislative program, the chorus must send in an application every August.

Directed by Dr. Joy Berg, the chorus specializes in sacred music and draws members ranging in age from 18 to 80.

It has performed at high-profile venues and events in the past. Members were invited to sing at New York’s Carnegie Hall in November 2005 and toured Austria during the Haydn Festival in July 2009.

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