Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Nordic Reflections

Spring concert ' a choral journey in latitude' May 4

Released by Graham Yates, Chilliwack Academy of Music


hen people travel to exotic places, they usually head south. When they explore exotic music, though, they often head north.


It is in the spirit of musical exploration that the Chilliwack Festival Chorus presents "Nordic Reflections": a spring concert that features a rare set of haunting and playful music from Scandinavia.

A "choral journey in latitude" according to director Paula Quick, lands represented include Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

While the sounds and languages may be unfamiliar, audiences can look forward to powerful and moving music that speaks of the pride of one’s rugged homeland and the virtues that have long influenced the mythology of western culture.

But there will be familiar sounds, too: the "Finlandia" hymn, for instance – sung gloriously by a semi-chorus of men’s voices – or an extraordinary setting of the favourite hymn "How Great Thou Art" which borrows its melody from a Swedish folksong.

The concert is also a commemoration of the ongoing leadership of the Chorus’ director, Paula Quick, who celebrates her 15th year with the group this season. In recognition of this, the Chorus will perform a retrospective of favourite Festival Chorus selections from the past, including Lauridsen’s

"Sure on This Shining Night", Frank Ticheli’s "Earth Song", and "Exaudi! Laudate!" by Beverly Patton for women’s choir.

"Nordic Reflections" takes place on May 4 at 7:30 pm and May 5 at 2:30 pm, at Carman United Church (corner of Vedder and Webb). Tickets are $20 for general admission, $17 for seniors and $8 for students 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased through the Centre box office at 604-391-SHOW (7469) or online at

Photo: Director Paula Quick in rehearsal top. Chilliwack chorus above.



About the Chilliwack Academy of Music


• The Chilliwack Academy of Music is a charitable organization founded in 1979 and is a member of the BC Association of Community Music Schools, a provincial collection of non-profit organizations that is unique among the provinces.

• The Academy’s annual student enrollment exceeds 500.

• The Academy’s teaching faculty has a high percentage of individuals with advanced music degrees and/or decades of teaching experience.

• The Academy’s community outreach initiative includes free music instruction for Chilliwack Community Services families, downtown elementary school students, free student recitals and professional summer concerts, bursaries for those in need who wish to learn at the Academy, and scholarships for graduating students pursuing music degrees.


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