Lyrica Chamber Choir celebrates the season by combining the tradition of Christmas with unique music.
Steve Winfield, artistic director and conductor of the 36-voice choir, was inspired this year by twentieth-century British composer, Gerald Finzi and his serene and impressionistic In Terra Pax. Written two years before Finzi’s death, in 1956, the composition juxtaposes the poetry of Robert Bridges with the familiar Christmas passage from St. Luke. In Terra Pax is known for its intense emotion, beauty and optimism.
“(It’s) absolutely beautiful,” said Winfield.
Additional music on the program includes new works by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo, including The Rose, Ecce Novum and Tundra. The concert features the Tost String Quartet of Toronto and rising University of Toronto Opera star, Adam Kuiack.
Lyrica’s High School Scholar Program features five new students at this concert. Marissa Todd, Maddox Chevrefils, Jaiden McDonald, Ryan Koski, and Jackson Graham will join the choir for the 2018-19 season. Three of the students are from Eastview Secondary School and two are home-schooled.
Lyrica is continuing a tradition started last year, presenting two performances of the Christmas concert, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Burton Avenue United Church, 37 Burton Ave. in Barrie. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for students or seniors and available at lyricachoir.ca or by calling 705-722-0271.
Photo: Lyrica Chamber Choir performs Dec. 8. Jennifer Klementti photo