Thursday July 7, 2011
Bright Lights, Big City
Chilliwack a capella minstrels traveling to North Van stages
Released by Adam Grossman, ICBC
ieces of Eight, the vibrant young vocal octet based in Chilliwack, is heading to the North Shore this July.
Not quite your usual vocal ensemble, Pieces of Eight combines classical a cappella
music with staged musical theatre and contemporary songs, in programs that range from serious and beautiful to decidedly tongue-in-cheek.
While Pieces of Eight is becoming well-known locally, it started modestly in 2008, learning one English madrigal for a festival. However, the group expanded rapidly, and four years later, Pieces of Eight loves to sing anything, in any style, that takes its fancy – all with its signature flair, alluring harmonies, and captivating programming.
This year’s program ranges from favourites ‘Sweet Caroline,’ and ‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer,’ King’s Singers style, to selections from the new ‘Shrek the Musical,’ to an eerie piece by Dutch composer Marius Flothuis. Selections vary from full ensemble numbers, to solos and duets performed by members of the group, and a touch of ‘creative’ instrumentation.
Pieces of Eight recently presented two very successful concerts in Chilliwack, raising $1500 for the Ann Davis Transition Society. Each year, the group chooses a different local charity to support, before taking the concert to other locations.
This summer’s concert is the first of two appearances Pieces of Eight will make in North Vancouver. The group has been invited by North Shore Chorus director Terry Pitt-Brooke to perform as special guests at the Chorus’ two Christmas concerts; Mount Seymour United Church on December 4, and St. David’s United Church on December 2.
Presented in affiliation with the Chilliwack Academy of Music, Pieces of Eight performs Sunday July 17, 7:00pm, at Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Avenue, North Vancouver.
Tickets are $15 adults and $12 students/seniors, available from the church office (limited hours, please call 604-929-1336), online at www.piecesof8octet.com or at the door.
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