CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Get in the holiday spirit with Sirens – P.E.I.’s award-winning women's choral ensemble. The group present its first concert program of the 2017-18 concert season on Friday.
"Winter's Night" will be performed at Park Royal Church, Charlottetown, on Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. Andrew's Church, Vernon Bridge, at 7 p.m.
Featuring songs of snow, carols from around the world, and seasonal favourites, this is Sirens' first Christmas-inspired program in nearly four years. Wintery themes will be captured in performances of Ola Gjelo's "Tundra" and Elgar's "The Snow." Carols from England, Germany and Spain will transport listeners to different parts of the world.
Finally, a stunning arrangement of “Silent Night” and a rousing rendition of “Jingle Bells” will add a familiar touch. Audience members will also be invited to join in a carol sing-along.
Sirens will collaborate with musicians Stephanie Cole on piano, Sam Lantz playing flute, along with Madeline Kapp MacDonald and Jasmine Michel on violin.
Named after the singing femmes fatales of Greek mythology, Sirens is a choral ensemble based out of Charlottetown. Under the artistic direction of Kelsea McLean, the group has developed a strong following of supporters and has been lauded for its pure tone quality, sensitive musicality and tight ensemble.
Sirens produces two full-length concert programs each season while maintaining a busy schedule performing at a variety of concerts, fundraisers, events and workshops.
A recipient of several awards at the local and provincial music festivals in 2015, Sirens earned the Richard W. Cooke award at the FCMF National Music Festival, placing first in the Choral Ensemble Class. That same year, Sirens also received a nomination for Music P.E.I.’s award for Achievement in Classical or Jazz.
During the 2016-17 concert season, Sirens performed alongside the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra and the Halifax Camerata Singers. The ensemble has also collaborated with The Atlantic String Machine, singer-songwriter Meaghan Blanchard, soprano Tracy Cantin, pianist Robert Kortgaard, and violinist Sean Kemp. Sirens has been featured at the Indian River Festival (2015, 2016) and the UPEI Department of Music Recital Series (2015).
During the 2017-18 season, Sirens will be featured in performance at Podium in St. John’s, N.L., Canada’s national choral conference and festival.
Tickets for the P.E.I. performances can be purchased online or at the door. For more information on this show, and other upcoming concerts, visit sirenschoir.com.