Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Spirited 54th Annual Community Carol Festival packs Community Hall

Pincher Creek Community Choir
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

The 54th Annual Community Carol Festival had the Pincher Creek Community Hall filled both upstairs and downstairs on Sunday evening, December 14. Master of Ceremonies Linden Wilms introduced the many performers, including the Pincher Creek Community Choir, Friends in Sync, the Canyon School and St. Michael's School Children's Choirs, and the Crowsnest Pass Community Choir.  Alexandra Morgan performed a solo rendition of 'O Holy Night'.  Instrumental pieces were performed by the Windy Horns Brass Ensemble, and Fiddlers and Friends. Cole Gerber and Emma Burnham read 'The Story of Christmas'. There were some truly spectacular performances.

Windy Horns
Windy Horns Brass Ensemble opened the evening with the selections of 'Angels We Have Heard on High', 'Joy to the World', and 'Deck the Halls/We Wish You a Merry Christmas'.

Throughout the evening the Community Choir led the room in a number of selections, including 'Hark, the Herald Angels Sing' 'Joy to the World', 'The First Noel', and the audience was invited to join in for the second and third verses of 'Silent Night', the last song of the evening.

The Community Christmas Choir looked very robust this year. Close to 60 people graced the stage. John Marino sang solo portions in 'Wake the World with Joy' in a clear tenor. Marino was trained as a tenor at the University of British Columbia and sang with the Vancouver Opera. The choir performed that song and  'Breath of Heaven' with a solo performance by Lisa Denie, and 'Et In Terra Pax'. Both of the soloists performed wonderfully, and the choir was a beautiful example of harmony. They were ably supported by pianist Bessie Carlson.

Canyon School Children's Choir

Xylophonists Amjot Sran and Tegen Teneycke
The Canyon School Children's Choir played 'Sleigh Song', featuring Tegen Teneycke and Amjot Sran playing xylophone, followed by 'I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas'. Both were sung with energy and gusto. The choir was directed by Candice Janzen and was accompanied by Kathy Brown on the piano.

Pianist Kathy Brown
St. Michael's School Children's Choir
St. Michael's School Children's Choir performed 'Noel' followed by 'He is the Light' with choreographed motions, a very exciting visual and auditory display.

Emma Burnham and Cole Gerber
'The Story of Christmas' was recited clearly and with reverence by Cole Gerber and Emma Burnham. It wass a favourite of many in the audience, and a solemn reminder of why Christmas is celebrated.

Alexandra Morgan
Alexandra Morgan continues to amaze,  performing  'O Holy Night' with a voice clear and lovely.  Many in the audience were riveted by the piece.

Fiddlers and Friends
Fiddlers and Friends had 7 stringed instruments, piano, bells and percussion. The performed beautiful renditions of 'Children, Run Joyfully, Jesus is Born', and 'Sleigh Ride'.

Crowsnest Choir

The Crowsnest Pass Choir performed two pieces, 'Locus iste' ('This place is made by God') and 'Song of Peace'. They have been practising and it showed in a sweet performance. They were directed by Deborah Goldstein, and accompanied by Tammy Giesbrecht on piano, Wendell Kisner on guitar, and Dawson Morencey on percussion.

Friends in Sync
Friends in Sync performed two beautiful pieces: 'Runnin' to the Manger (Hear the Angels Sing)' and 'One Child', directed by Pat Toney and accompanied by Kathy Brown on piano.

It was a lovely evening filled with truly beautiful music and the true spirit of Christmas.

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