High Praises for Festival Singers

The Pacific Baroque Festival presents “Vivaldi’s Venice” this weekend at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Christ Church Cathedral, where SMUS will be represented by members of our staff, student and alumni communities. The festival is presenting pieces from eighteenth century Venetian composers Albinoni, Legrenzi and Vivaldi – who is known for his most popular piece The Four Seasons, a series of four violin concertos. The festival features world-renowned Canadian artists, including SMUS alumnus Marc Destrubé ’73 who is the festival’s founder and artistic director.

On Saturday, February 16, Grade 9 student Nuraiyah Kassam will sing with the Victoria Children’s Choir as they perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, an ensemble that performs on period instruments. The choir is one of Canada’s top children’s choirs and has performed many times with the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria, and even for the Queen. The choir is directed by Ms. Madeleine Humer, head of Senior Choral music at SMUS.

“I am so proud of the hard work everyone has put into this performance,” says Ms. Humer. “This is one of the highest singing levels for their age group.”

On Sunday, February 17, the Choral Evensong will be presented by the St. Christopher Singers and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra at Christ Church Cathedral. House Parent Joan Humphries and Grade 11 student Emily Feng will sing with the group, along with many SMUS alumni, performing music from Baroque-era Venetian vespers.

The festival takes place from February 15-17.

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