Choral series launches with ‘Shine’ concert

LANGLEY – The new choral director at Trinity Western University is set to debut with an evening of harmony and light.


This week, Joel Tranquilla introduces a new concert as part of a series of choral events.


The concerts explore the theme of light and showcase 15 of the brightest singers at TWU.


The hour-long evening performances, dubbed "Shine," features sacred music in English, German, Icelandic and Afrikaans on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Langley, and on Saturday, Nov. 1 in Delta.


Tranquilla, an awardwinning conductor and Langley resident who joined TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC) in August, has introduced "Shine" as part of an ambitious series of choral events.


"I’m excited about the opportunity to do such a wide range of music from different time periods and in different languages," said Tranquilla. "And chamber music is very intimate. It has a completely different feel than some our larger scale choral performances."


The concert, sponsored by Long McQuade, features a Bach cantata based on the familiar chorale tune "Nun danket alle Gott" ("Now Thank We All Our God"), which will


be accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. Also on the program are works by James MacMillan, Moses Hogan, and SAMC’s own David Squires, Ph.D., as well as a set of pieces each based on Psalm 42 by Handel, Palestrina and Marty Nystrom. Edward Norman will accompany on organ and piano.


"Shine" will be performed Oct. 25 at Langley Mennonite Fellowship (20997 40th Ave., Langley) and on Nov. 1 at South Delta Baptist Church (1988 56th St., Delta). Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission; students pay what they can. For more details, visit or phone 604-513-2173.


Trinity Western University is a Christian University of the arts, sciences, and professions, legislated by British Columbia to serve the public.

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