Concert Schedule 2018 - 2019

Songs of Farewell

Saturday November 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 89 Dunn St., Oakville
Sunday November 25, 2018 at 3 p.m., MacNeill Baptist Church, 1145 King St. West, Hamilton

To honour the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Strata has prepared a collection of choral gems aptly entitled Songs of Farewell. Central to this concert is Requiem by Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, which features both traditional and contemporary lyrics. This poignant and uplifting work was awarded the 1994 National Choral Award for Outstanding Choral Composition of the year by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, and it is not to be missed.
Also on the program is Ēriks Ešenvalds’ musical setting of the poem Only in Sleep, by Sara Teasdale. The poem, which describes an old woman’s dreams where her childhood friends come to life, is beautifully expressed in song as the composer recreates the wistful memories of youth.
Other notable and touching selections are The Ground by Ola Gjeilo, Alleluia by Randall Thompson, Kontakion by Stephanie Martin, Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, and arrangements of three familiar folk songs: The Parting Glass, Four Strong Winds, and Loch Lomond.
We invite you to join us for Songs of Farewell, a concert of hauntingly beautiful music that we hope will leave your soul refreshed and renewed.

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The Big Sing

Friday December 14, 2018 at 7 p.m., Old Ancaster Town Hall, 310 Wilson St., Ancaster

Embrace the holiday spirit with a seasonal sing-along. Bring your jingle bells and Santa hats and indulge in hot cider and treats!!
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What is Love?

Saturday May 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 89 Dunn St, Oakville
Sunday May 5, 2019 at 3:00 p.m., MacNeill Baptist Church, 1145 King St W, Hamilton

These words, taken from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, are the focus of the second concert in our 2018-2019 season. And what a wealth of songs we had to choose from!
Intimate poems penned by Eric Whitacre’s former lover are the text of his haunting work, Five Hebrew Love Songs. As well, to illustrate how harmonies have changed over the years, we have included two settings of O Mistress Mine, by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Matthew Harris, composed 100 years apart.
Love for the divine is expressed in Tallis’s perfect motet If Ye Love Me, Villet’s Hymn de la Vièrge, Rachmaninov’s Bogoritse Devo, and Rheinberger’s Abendlied.
Love for a child is highlighted in Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes, part of Stephen Chatman’s Elizabethan Summer song cycle; and two beautiful love poems by WB Yeats, The Cloths of Heaven and Innisfree are brought to life by Mark Sirett and Michael McGlynn.
The first blush of new love is captured by Claude Debussy’s impressionist painting of Dieu! Qu’il La Fait Bon Regardez, and the bittersweet longing of love lost is heard in Underneath the Stars by Kate Rusby. Rounding out the program are Rutter’s settings of three traditional songs: The Girl I Left Behind Me, O Waly Waly and Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron.
We invite you to come and let us fill your hearts and minds with songs of love. What better way to spend a few hours in “the lovely month of May”.

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