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Da Camera Singers: Eleanor Daley and Holst
November 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm MST$20
In Remembrance: Saturday Nov 10th, 7:30
This year marks the 100 anniversary of the end of WWI – Nov. 11, 1918. In Remembrance, taking place the day before Remembrance Day, seeks to recognize and honor this momentous anniversary. The program has been curated by guest conductor Stuart Sladden.
Some of the repertoire is related directly to WWI— like In Flanders Fields, Peace (the text was found on a war memorial in London), and Ode to Death (Holst’s way to lament the deaths of his friends and the soldiers during WWI). Others, like Ubi Caritas and Prayer of St. Francis, are reminders of the peace. There will come Soft Rains juxtaposes the sadness of war against the hope and resilience of Spring. Finally, our program will conclude with Requiem by Elanor Daley.
Da Camera is please to welcome a military honor guard during the performance, as well as monologue readings and visual projections as part of our celebration of this anniversary.
Free attendance for veterans and active military members
Da Camera is pleased to welcome Stuart Sladden as our guest concert for this upcoming concert. Stuart is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alberta in choral conducting. He currently lives in Winnipeg, MB, where he is a sessional instructor teaching choral repertoire and conducting at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, and is deeply involved in the choral community there.
Stuart is no stranger to Da Camera. He worked as our choral assistant during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons, and in 2017 he was honoured to be a recipient of the Loretta Dueck Scholarship. When approached to return to Da Camera as guest conductor for our upcoming concert Stuart enthusiastically took on the challenge; creating a wonderful program for us and flying in from Winnipeg every week to rehearse with the choir!
Ode to Death — Gustav Holst
At the outbreak of WWI Holst tried to enlist in the British army, but was rejected as unfit for military service. In 1919 Holst composed Ode to Death to mourn his friends who had died in the war, using text from the last section of Walt Whitman’s elegy When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d. It is considered by many as one of Holst’s most beautiful and memorable choral works. Da Camera will perform the choir and piano arrangement.