Naramata Community Choir hosts special concert with quartet

The Naramata Community Choir is presenting a joint concert with the Concertante Chamber Players this Saturday with the theme of remembrance.

The Naramata Community Choir is presenting a joint concert with the Concertante Chamber Players this Saturday with the theme of remembrance.

The concert entitled In Memoriam will feature some classical and ethereal musical offerings, including works by Mozart, Chopin, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Goldberg, Glibbery and more.

“We are so looking forward to singing with this very talented string quartet,” said Justin Glibbery, artistic director, who has created a musical arrangement of In Flander’s Fields.

The Naramata Community Choir is in its 52nd season this year, and while they had been joined for many years by winemaker and symphonist Alex Nichol as an individual guest bassist for special concerts, they’ve never been joined by a string quartet.

“We hope the audience will be as moved listening to them as we are performing them,” said Glibbery.

The Concertante Chamber Players have performed together throughout the Okanagan, including for the 100th anniversary of Manning Park in 2012.  The quartet will join with the choir during the second half of the concert, for two beautiful pieces, including one penned by local composer Stu Goldberg.  Concertante is particularly looking forward to presenting a striking five-movement work by Dmitri Shostakovich, which was dedicated by the composer to victims of fascism and war.  Glibbery notes “some of the melodies in these pieces positively weep with beauty.”

Tickets are $15 and available at the Dragon’s Den, the Penticton United Church office (open to 1 p.m. daily), the Naramata Store, and from Naramata choir members. Limited quantities will be available at the door. The performance is this Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Penticton United Church and it is general seating. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

In their last sell-out concert in June, the Naramata Community Choir had to turn away some people at the door, so get your tickets in advance if you are able.