Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Salt Spring’s “Viva Chorale” will perform “In Remembrance”. Directed by Caroni Young the choir, accompanied by Diana English (piano) and Laurent Boucher (percussion), will showcase diverse and beautiful music reflecting and honouring the lives of so many in times of war and separation.
Charlie Beaver will read letters relating the experiences and thoughts of Canadian soldiers fighting for world freedom and peace. These will combine with music that has inspired us from around the world delving into the topics of war, freedom, separation and identity and above all a desire for peace.
You will hear music of the period as well as more modern pieces like Eleanor Daley’s “In Remembrance” and Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night.” Also included will be songs from Ireland, Estonia and South Africa, a traditional Japanese poem, and “After the War” from the movie ‘Passchendaele’. We hope the power of the music and words will inspire the audience with their messages and encourage us all to call on our leaders to resolve the conflicts of today’s world.