Fans of the celestial sounds of classic and contemporary choral music are in for a special treat on May 22 as one of Canada’s most storied and revered choral ensembles, the Elmer Iseler Singers, are set to close out the Sarnia Concert Association’s 2018-2019 season with an extravaganza entitled Soaring Voices.
Their second trip to Sarnia in three years, the highly-lauded choir will again submerge Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre in song, performing an eclectic mix of old classics as well as more modern, folksy fare.
Featuring well-known and much-beloved pieces by Gustav Holst and Franz Schubert, alongside a wide array of awe-inspiring Canadiana such as Eleanor Daley’s stunning Grandmother Moon as well Leon Dubinsky’s wonderful We Rise Again, the May 22 show will be one to remember said conductor Lydia Adams, a concert with something for everyone.
“I love building concert programs and I like to include music that will resonate with everyone in the room. It creates the ‘ahh’ effect at the end – a wonderful and satisfying sound experience,” Adams said.
The first half will also feature an engaging piece by Canadian composer Hussein Janmohamed.
“I’ve chosen a marvellous work by Canadian composer, Hussein Janmohamed, of Ismaili Islamic background,” Adams said. “This work is often the unexpected ‘audience favourite’ of the whole concert, incorporating Islamic chant and other fragments of melody which create an astonishing ‘sound meditation’. Hussein has written it with the hope that we all, with our own light will come together in peace.”
Hussein Janmohamed is a Toronto-based choral artist, composer and music facilitator/conductor passionate about excellence in the choral arts as a medium for cultural dialogue, building positive relations, and accessing the human spirit. Hussein works with all ages to bring interactive choral experiences in community, education, and business settings to inspire creative leadership and connection. Choral music reconciled his diverse cultural heritage with living in Canada, and helped transform the negativity of racism into something beautiful. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in music education at the University of Toronto focusing on the role choral music can play to support Muslim youth identity in dialogue with a diverse Canada.