Thursday April 19, 2012


The Earth Sings

Earth Day High Notes, Choral Concert May 5

Released by Graham Yates, CAC


The Festival Chorus. Photo courtesy of Tanya Maahs.


he Chilliwack Festival Chorus invites you to celebrate the rich diversity of our planet at its concert, “The Earth Sings!” on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 at Carman United Church. Tuning in to the global Earth Day celebrations of late April, the Chorus has prepared a program of global proportions, emphasizing world music and the inspired wisdom of other cultures.

Top of mind for director Paula Quick is a musical setting of the words of Chief Seattle, the Salish leader whose famous speech spoke of respect for ancestors and for the earth. “His words are such strong words,” says Quick  “It’s a potent  garbage-in-garbage-out warning.”

Several selections on the program are of African origin.  For these, the Chorus has once again invited the Tayosei Performing Group, a kids’ choir directed by Lisa Scyner and Rod Swanson, especially to provide the characteristic hand-drumming so essential to this kind of music. Other selections turn to the American and European folk tradition, and contemporary choral repertoire.

Quick believes when it comes to ecology, a musical program such as this reminds us all that all cultures participate in and are responsible for the care of the Earth.  In addition, much of world music speaks to the universality of faith in a Creator, reminding us of our shared role in being good stewards of the creation. In short, the concert’s themes are “Respect for the Earth and how we are all one with it.”

“The Earth Sings!” will be presented at Carman United Church, 7258 Vedder Rd, on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are available through the Cultural Centre Box Office by calling 604 391-SHOW or by visiting

About Chilliwack Academy of Music

  • The Festival Chorus is a community choir offered by the Chilliwack Academy of Music.  It comprises over 50 members of all ages.

  • The award-winning Chorus presents two full-length concerts per year and regularly competes in regional music festivals.

  • Tayosei Performing Group was founded in 2009 through generous funding from 89.5 The Hawk as an outreach to downtown elementary school students.  The Group learns singing, hand drumming and ukulele.

  • This year, Tayosei earned the opportunity to compete at the Provincial Music Festival for its choral selections, and won a trophy and a chance to perform at the Chilliwack Lions Music Festival Honours Concert for its ukulele performance.

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