SUMMERSIDE – Continuing its 35-year tradition, the Summerside Community Choir will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference with a spring/summer tour of the Island, performing in venues from western Prince County to Souris.
The musical will be distinctly Canadian, including five specially commissioned pieces by Canadian composers.
Under the direction of Margot Rejskind, the choir will perform a variety of choral music. On the program are the well-known “Fogarty’s Cove” and “Away From the Roll of the Sea,” “Ave Stella Maris,” two numbers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the new pieces by composers David Buley, Tim Cooper and Stephen Hatfield plus tributes to Canada’s diverse cultural heritage.
The concert series begins on May 25 with a 2:30 p.m. concert in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Souris, overlooking the waters of the Northumberland Strait. Later that evening, the choir will perform at St. John’s Anglican Church in Crapaud, another of the Island’s famed Harris churches; concert is at 7:30. The following Sunday, June 1, O’Leary United Church will host the choir for a concert at 2:30 p.m.; at 7 that same evening, the choir will sing in lovely St. Anne’s Church on Lennox Island.
On June 8, SCC is in its home venue, Trinity United Church in Summerside, with a concert at 7 p.m. Then on July 5 at 2:30 p.m., the choir will perform in historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River, world-renowned for its wonderful acoustics, a venue where the choir has enjoyed performing in the past.
The summer series of concerts winds up on July 18 when the choir takes part in the Summerside Arts and Culture Chautauqua Choral event in Summerside with a 7 p.m. concert.
The end of summer does not mean that the choral year is over for the choir, as plans are in the works for concerts in December that will feature Canadian Christmas music. These dates will be publicized in the fall.