Like all arts organizations, Halifax Camerata Singers has been greatly impacted by the current pandemic, and had to cancel the second half of the 2019-20 season last spring. Following the protocols established by the Nova Scotia Department of Health, the choir returned to rehearsals with Artistic Director Jeff Joudrey this fall at their new home at The Stage (St. Andrew’s United Church, Halifax). This includes singing with specially made singers’ masks, socially distanced and for shorter lengths of time. Now Camerata is thrilled to launch its 2020-21 season (34th) with a 30-minute online concert program for Remembrance Day, Voices of Remembrance.
Recorded for broadcast by Leaf Music on Facebook and YouTube on Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m., Voices of Remembrance is a moving program of music and readings about remembrance. Special guest Curtis Dietz joins on trumpet for Eleanor Daley’s For the Fallen, and Camerata’s accompanist Lynette Wahlstrom is featured on two pieces. With many in-person gatherings limited this year, Camerata hopes that their program will help people find a way to pay tribute to lives lost.
The program is dedicated to those who died in the Second World War that ended 75 years ago, including victims of the 1945 bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima. From more recent tragedies, Camerata remembers six members of the Canadian Armed Forces who died in a Cyclone helicopter crash in April, Capt. Jenn Casey, who died in an accident while flying with the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds, and the victims of the Portapique massacre.
Readings for the concert are provided by celebrated Nova Scotia author Sheree Fitch (Because We Love, We Cry), Camerata soprano and RN Amanda Zadeh (Albert Camus) and Camerata tenor Lt. (N) Simon Hardman of the Royal Canadian Navy (Larry Smeets). Other featured composers include Sarah Quartel, Christine Donkin, Ola Gjeilo, Elaine Hagenberg and Stephen Paulus.
The concert is free and will remain online until December 31 following the premiere on November 10.
View a trailer of the concert here.
Founded by Artistic Director Jeff Joudrey in 1986, Halifax Camerata Singers includes performers from many parts of Nova Scotia, and is Atlantic Canada’s leading chamber choir. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, the SOCAN Foundation, the Province of Nova Scotia/Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality and individual donors and corporate supporters, the choir has distinguished itself by performing exciting choral repertoire from many periods and styles, with special attention to Canadian music. Winners of Music Nova Scotia’s Best Classical Recording in 2016, and nominated for an ECMA in the same category in 2017, the choir also won the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the 2010 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choir. Camerata often collaborates with chamber ensembles, Symphony Nova Scotia and other musicians. Their five recordings are for sale at the Symphony Nova Scotia Boutique, Taz Records, online and through iTunes, and are distributed through Naxos of America, Inc. through Halifax’s Leaf Music catalogue. Halifax collaborative pianist Lynette Wahlstrom accompanies the choir.
Camerata is also recording a Christmas program in December, and collaborating in a cross-Canada non-traditional Messiah
Halifax Camerata Singers thanks its donors and funders, the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality and the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation.
General Manager: Peggy Walt, (902) 422-5403 (office), (902) 476-1096 (cell),