(Posted 11:30 a.m., May 30)
Community Singers celebrate their 15th anniversary
By Fred Sherwin
15 years since a group of like-minded musically inclined woman from the
former municipality of Cumberland got together to form the Cumberland Community
Since then the
group has seen a number of members come and go including five musical directors,
but they have stayed true to their original purpose which was to share their
joy of music with the community.
On Sunday, the
chorus celebrated its 15th anniversary with 200 or so friends and fans at
the former Cumberland Town Hall on Centrum Boulevard.
The program included
an appearance by the Cross Town Youth Chorus, Canadian composer James Wright
who accompanied the chorus on piano during their performance of his original
composition Celebrate in Song!, and 25 alumni who joined the
current 45 member chorus for five songs in the second half of the concert
including a greatly appreciated encore.
also brought together four of the chorus five musical directors including
their current director Kurt Ala-Kantti and Lynne Stacey whos credited
for saving the chorus when it went into semi-dormancy after only four months.
musical director left after only four months and Dave Lewis, who was responsible
for cultural affairs at the time, asked me if I would replace her and I
had to think about it for awhile before I said yes, says Stacey who
is still a member of the Community Singers.
the first rehearsal I went to was on a Wednesday night at seven oclock
and I was an hour and a half late, but when I walked in all the women got
and started applauding so how could I say no.
One of the first
things Stacey did was change the rehearsals to Tuesday nights. The second
thing she did was open the membership up to men. She also introduced the
idea that anyone from the community who shares their love of music was invited
to join the chorus at any time.
the other musical directors in attendance on Sunday were Bertrand Doucet
who served as director for 10 years from 1992 to 2002 and Laura Dziubaniuk
who led the chorus from January 2003 until December 2005 when Ala-Kantti
Of the 45 member
chorus, only two members have been with the group since day one Iris
Redmond and Pamela MacLean while most of the other singers have been
around for 10 years or more.
community Singers rehearsal every Tuesday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30
p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Gaultois Avenue in Orléans.
Cumberland Community Singers celebrated their 15th anniversary on Sunday
with a concert in the Orleans Theatre at the former Cumberland Town Hall.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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