Island Voices hold concerts in Campbell River and Courtenay – Campbell River Mirror

Alain Brown

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In these times, we have often found ourselves physically disconnected from our special places and from each other. At their upcoming “In Time and Place” concert, Island Voices will attempt to reconnect us to where and when we gather, think, feel, believe and share.

The chamber choir will perform songs from as far away as Latvia and the Philippines, and as close as Penticton and Winnipeg, ranging from a piece written 300 years ago to a song composed in 2020. Despite their ages and their different origins, all speak to us of our common feelings and our humanity.

“The art of choral music transcends poetry and the poet; it also transcends the composition and the composer,” said conductor John Hooper. “It exists in the heart and mind of the listener.”

For example, we all remember traveling by Greyhound bus. As a Canadian premiere, Island Voices will perform “Now Boarding”, a piece written by Penticton composer Nicholas Ryan and lyricist James Iwasuk. The composition evokes not only the sights and sounds of a Canadian bus terminal, but also our memories of travel.

Island Voices invites you to enjoy “In Time and Place,” performed at Campbell River United Church (415 Pinecrest Rd. in Campbell River) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. There will also be a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. on March 13 at St. George’s United Church (505 6th St. in Courtenay).

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in Courtenay at Benjamin Moore House of Colour, in Comox at Blue Heron Books and in Campbell River at The Music Plant. For more information, call 250-202-1227 (Campbell River) or 250-898-4773 (Comox/Courtenay).

All current COVID protocols will be followed, including proof of vaccination and wearing of masks required by public health orders.

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