There is always a quiet, expectant hush in the audience as Chor Leoni members gather in the choir loft of St. Andrew’s Wesley United to begin another remarkable Remembrance Day concert.
This year was no different, and the stillness which preceded “One Last Song” was rewarded with a superb collection of poetry and song, opening with the Invocation by Robert Laurence Binyon, “We Will Remember Them.” There were songs which also depicted the horrors of war, as well as the glories of peace fought for and gained. “In Flanders Fields” — John McCrae’s poem set to music by Michael Betteridge is always a welcome part of any Remembrance Day concert, and Chor Leoni brought a new understanding to this timeless work. One unusual work was “Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson, followed by a soul-wrenching poem by Mary Oliver, “When Death Comes.” Artistic Director Erick Lichte certainly has brought out the best in the Chor Leoni in the five years since he took the helm of this superb aggregation and the growth of the choir and its repertoire is wonderful to watch. Gratefully “One Last Song” will not be The Lions last song, or their last concert.
You can look forward to a celebration when The Lions return in December with “Christmas with Chor Leoni.” December 15 and 18 at St. Andrew’s Wesley United (4:30 and 8:00 p.m.) and December 16 at West Vancouver United Church ( 1:30 p.m.) This is definitely a concert for the entire family — and all your friends! It’s not too early to order your tickets, and make sure you’re going to be in the audience to hear the best male choir in the land!
Tickets: chorleoni.org 1.877.840.0457
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