Hello all you great singers!! I can’t wait to see all of you again this year. I know we will make great music together. Try to learn as much as you can before the weekend. Get together in little groups and have a sing song! Try to listen to the YouTube recordings that I am sending or any other good ones that you find. I’m quoting Mark from last year “Speaking the text in rhythm counts as practice”. He is right, it helps a lot! I’m sure we will have lots of fun. See you soon! Paula
Canada We will sing in unison:
O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée, Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée Des plus brillants exploits.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Ave Maris Stella is a plainsong hymn (un “cantique”) to the Virgin Mary, from a group of hymns called Marian hymns; its origin is unknown but it can be dated back to at least the eighth century. It became very popular during the Middle Ages and was used by many composers as the basis of other compositions. The Latin hymn Ave Maris Stella was chosen as the Acadian national anthem at the 1884 second National Acadian Convention held at Miscouche, Prince Edward Island. It was proposed by Pascal Poirier and enthusiastically adopted by the assembly, most likely due to the high degree of devotion the Acadians have to the Virgin Mary, Patron Saint of the Acadians.
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) Nabucco based on the Biblical story of Nebuchadnezzar, was Verdi’s first successful opera (1842). The chorus Va, pensiero, sung by the Jews in their Babylonian captivity lamenting the loss of their homeland, became for the Italian people a symbol of their own longing for political freedom.
Very good interpretation of Va pensiero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F4G5H_ TTvU
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Contact person for the High Cs Festival.
Now THAT was a great weekend! We learned so much, had a great time socializing and a peak experience during performance with our wonderful, sensitive, humourous director. I wonder if we might even have our party in the big "practice "room or even in the dining area downstairs so we don't harass the non- singers with our inevitable singsong. Emiy Levy-Purdy and Ian Purdy 2016