Choral premiere in Surrey

Trinity Western University choirs present pre-Easter concert.

Kathleen Allan

On the heels of a successful tour to Ottawa and New York City, the choirs of Trinity Western University (TWU) present the concert Sacred Space in Surrey this week.

The university choir’s will perform with the student and community orchestra of TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC). The program was conceived as a meditative and meaningful preparation for Easter.

“The music is diverse and inclusive, as sacred space conjures up different images for different people,” says conductor Joel Tranquilla, director of choral activities at SAMC. “Some pieces evoke the grandeur of a cathedral; others capture the intimacy of prayer and reflection. The evening culminates in a major work with the orchestra, an oratorio narrating the Passion of Christ.”

Other highlights include Healey Willan’s meditative “Behold the Tabernacle of God,” a peaceful German setting of Psalm 84 by Brahms, and a bright and celebratory setting of Psalm 150 by William Byrd, the foremost composer of the English Renaissance.

A conductor noted for his creative programming, arts advocacy, and collaboration with Canadian composers, Tranquilla also chose to premiere new by Lower Mainland composers. He commissioned Kathleen Allan, a musician based in Metro Vancouver, to write a piece called “The Singing Shepherd” for the TWU choirs.

“Kathleen is in demand as a conductor and performer, and her compositions have been performed and recorded around the world,” says Tranquilla. “It’s been an honour to collaborate with her.

Sacred Space takes place March 18 at Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church in Surrey and March 19 at Bakerview Church in Abbotsford. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit twu.ca/samc or phone 604-513-2173.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Teen stabbed at Surrey’s Unwin Park

17 year old was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

North Delta teacher nominated for provincial award

Seaquam Secondary’s Michael Iachetta has been nominated for his work on social equity in schools

No WorkSafeBC orders issued after ruptured water main damaged White Rock theatre

Investigation confirms that the water line ruptured as a result of pressure testing

City offering relief for North Delta residents affected by Surrey townhouse fire

Delta will waive fees and expedite permits for those rebuilding from the July 5 blaze

3 ‘Dream Home’ lottery prizes located in South Surrey

Proceeds support BC Children’s Hospital

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

Porsche impounded for going 138 km/hr in 90 zone during charity rally

West Vancouver Police said wet roads and heavy rain made it extra dangerous

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Phase 2 of $1.35B Royal Columbian upgrades won’t be a public-private partnership

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix says it will be a design-build

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Most Read