The 55-voice women’s choir Cantores Celestes from Toronto will be returning to St. Paul’s United Church in Perth, with over 40 of their singers, to perform on Saturday June 7. The women, under the direction of Kelly Galbraith, made their Perth debut in the St. Paul’s sanctuary last year under the banner “Ride the Chariot”.
This year’s program, called “Untravelled Worlds” will include highlights from their large repertoire including: The Log Driver’s Waltz, Stephen Hatfield’s African Celebration, R. Murray Schafer’s Snowforms, Highlights from Vivaldi’s Gloria and Freedom Trilogy by Paul Halley. Organist Brad Mills, Director of Music at St. Paul’s, and pianist Ellen Meyer, one of Ontario’s most in-demand collaborative pianists, will accompany the choir in this celebration.
On May 3rd, the women sang their 25th anniversary concert at Runnymede United Church in Toronto. Formed in 1989, the choir has performed on CBC Radio I and ll, recorded music for three films, and released six Cds. In March, they sang for International Women’s Day at Lincoln Centre in New York City, joined by women’s choirs from all over the world.
“We’ll be fresh off our performance at Lincoln Centre in New York, and happy to celebrate our 25th anniversary with our loyal Perth audience and our growing international YouTube fan base,” says Galbraith, who founded Cantores Celestes in 1989 after moving to Toronto from New Brunswick.
“Our silver anniversary concert celebrates a loving journey from eight women to 55,” adds Galbraith, a long-time CBC Radio music producer. “The music I’ve chosen includes highlights from that journey and some very special pieces we’ve picked up along the way.”
The concert will take place at St. Paul’s United Church, 25 Gore Street West, in Perth on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $20, are available from Tickets Please at 39 Foster St. Perth, 613-485-6434 and online atwww.ticketsplease.ca or at the church office (Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 3:00)
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lanark Country Interval House.
The choir will also be singing at the St. Paul’s 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday June 8.