The Sudbury Chamber Singers are celebrating their 40th anniversary season by inviting any and all past members to join them on stage for their Spring Concert on May 13, entitled “Forty Years of Song” and featuring many of the choir’s favourite pieces over the years.
While the Sudbury Chamber Singers have adapted their repertoire over the years to sing a wide variety of styles including contemporary, they got their start from a merger of the Copper Cliff Singers and the Tudor Singers in 1975.
Patricia Park, who has sung with the choir for its entire 40 year history, recalls: ” Over the years the choir has sung in many communities in the north as well as in Toronto. We have also taken part in some interesting and unusual events. In 1989 we joined the Winnipeg Singers to form the Core Choir at the International Music Festival in and around Vienna, Austria; we were the “back-up choir” for Celine Dion when she put on her concert “Falling Into You”; and in 1996 we raked 25 cm of dirt all over the Sudbury Arena floor in preparation for the “RCMP Musical Ride” which we had brought into Sudbury as a fund-raiser!! It has always been fun, and it still is.”
This will also be Choir Director Jeff Wiseman’s final concert, after leading the Chamber Singers for the past 12 years, the longest run of any director of the ensemble. “I was brought in as interim director, and I guess they liked me so much twelve years just flew by!” jokes Jeff.
Past choir members wishing to join in on a few pieces at the concert will benefit from a special rehearsal and vocal lesson on Saturday May 9. They are also invited to share stories of their time with the choir on the Sudbury Chamber Singers’ Facebook page or through the choir website www.sudburychambersingers.com.
The “Forty Years of Song” concert will be held on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00 pm at the Church of the Epiphany. Tickets will be available through Fromagerie Elgin and at the door. There will also be a second concert on May 14th at the United Church in Espanola at 7:30 pm.